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Crime and Punishment (Modern Library) Kindle Edition
A desperate young man plans the perfect crime—the murder of a despicable pawnbroker, an old women no one loves and no one will mourn. Is it not just, he reasons, for a man of genius to commit such a crime, to transgress moral law—if it will ultimately benefit humanity? So begins one of the greatest novels ever written: a powerful psychological study, a terrifying murder mystery, a fascinating detective thriller infused with philosophical, religious and social commentary. Raskolnikov, an impoverished student living in a garret in the gloomy slums of St. Petersburg, carries out his grotesque scheme and plunges into a hell of persecution, madness and terror. Crime and Punishment takes the reader on a journey into the darkest recesses of the criminal and depraved mind, and exposes the soul of a man possessed by both good and evil . . . a man who cannot escape his own conscience.
"Dostoevsky's finest masterpiece" (John Bayley)
"Donne, Herbert, Shakespeare, Jane Austen, George Eliot, Dostoevsky, Henry James - these are the great psychologists - far greater than Freud or Klein or Jung" (Sally Vickers)
"The best translation of Crime and Punishment currently available... An especially faithful re-creation...with a coiled-spring kinetic energy... Don't miss it" (Washington Post)
"Crime and Punishment...is about a big subject - the meaning of life - yet it is gritty, gripping and it's depiction of city life gives it a modern, timeless feel" (Leila Aboulela, author of The Translator) --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
From the Publisher
- ASIN : B000QCS9RS
- Publisher : Modern Library; Reissue edition (7 January 1999)
- Language : English
- File size : 3279 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 304 pages
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By doing a rich psychology development of his characters, Dostoyevsky made his characters more complexly human, yet reachable. Sonya emerges as a saintly figure who sins for the sakes of those she loves , and who is the mirror through which the so-called devilish characters are redeemed. The plot is rich, deep, enjoyable and action-packed; and the pace is fast and engaging. The overriding strength of the story is the conflict in Raskolnikov's soul, a conflict which began in his quest to be the "Extraordinary Man" like Napoleon, by stepping over the basic bounds of morality by committing murder. Conflict in the soul is a rich theme which I also saw in the story The Union Muzhik. That conflict in his soul brought out the rich ideas, discussions and emotions from the characters that interacted with him.
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The story of Raskolnikov's struggle for food and shelter whilst trying to keep a sain mind is more that what it appears. Social, political and philosophical issues are not far from the surface of the novel and even when some characters went on a tangent about these things, you could only read and wonder. It's a book that makes you think. Can Murder be justified? What responsibility does society take for its people? Is the mind ever valued? What exactly is honour?
By the 2nd chapter I was engrossed and found the langauge to flow and keep me going with its current.
The kindle version was great. Next to no mistakes and well translated.
This is quite simply (along with 'In Cold Blood' / Truman Capote) a class piece of literature which can be read time & time again yet continue to reveal new facets we missed 1st, 2nd, 3rd time round amidst so many other complex issues.
Can't praise Dostoevsky highly enough.
49p....out of this world bargain!
I picked up this edition as I wanted the Constance Garnett translation in hardback. Not the most aesthetic edition but it's a high quality hardback which looks like it will last a lifetime of revisits.