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Crime and Punishment (Wordsworth Classics) [Paperback]

F.M. Dostoevsky
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12 Sep 2000 Wordsworth Classics

With an Introduction and Notes by Dr Keith Carabine, University of Kent at Canterbury.

Crime and Punishment is one of the greatest and most readable novels ever written. From the beginning we are locked into the frenzied consciousness of Raskolnikov who, against his better instincts, is inexorably drawn to commit a brutal double murder.

From that moment on, we share his conflicting feelings of self-loathing and pride, of contempt for and need of others, and of terrible despair and hope of redemption: and, in a remarkable transformation of the detective novel, we follow his agonised efforts to probe and confront both his own motives for, and the consequences of, his crime.

The result is a tragic novel built out of a series of supremely dramatic scenes that illuminate the eternal conflicts at the heart of human existence: most especially our desire for self-expression and self-fulfilment, as against the constraints of morality and human laws; and our agonised awareness of the world's harsh injustices and of our own mortality, as against the mysteries of divine justice and immortality.


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  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Wordsworth Editions Ltd; New Ed edition (12 Sep 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1840224304
  • ISBN-13: 978-1840224306
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 2.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing then, Amazing now 30 July 2006
By blowski
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
So many books that you are 'supposed' to read, and 'supposed' to like are in reality frighteningly dull. There's probably a good moral behind them, but you are yawning too much to really see it.

Crime and Punishment, however, is a rarity - it is a page-turner. Raskolnikov's crime, and his subsequent punishment, keep you gripped right from the start. Dostoevsky's morals of the book are always close to the surface, but do not get in the way of a fantastic read.

The usual collection of bizarre and fascinating characters are all here, and so are the easily recognisable emotions. The feeling of somebody having done something so bad that he can't talk to anybody, including his mother, is probably universal and perfectly captured here.

Raskolnikov's megalomania, and obsession with wanting to be a 'Napoleon' figure will also chime with many of those who read it today, especially those of a similar age (mid 20s).

This particular translation is considered the classic version, though there is not much to call between it and many others. However, there is a good introduction to some of the themes of the book that make it a good buy.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A good read 13 Dec 2006
By Monica
Format:Hardcover
Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment is the first classic detective story. But that is not even where it excels. With the Brothers Karamazov, it elevated Dostoyevsky to a mega writer when it comes to dissecting the mind and soul of characters for the readers. It is a great book of psychology. While it competes with Anna Karenina as the most widely read 19th century Russian novel in the English-speaking world, it is judged by many to be superior in its depth and lessons. The book's hero exemplifies all young ideologues who are wrestling with a new idea which they think can elevate them to the levels of great historic figures in their initial steps towards greatness. Often, a barrier has to be crossed which takes the potential legendary figure into an irreversible course. In Crime and Punishment, Raskolnikov who is the hero is a poor, intelligent and thoughtful student who is convinced that he has a mission for the advancement of mankind. He convinces himself that the mission has to start with him crossing over to greatness by robbing and killing an old woman, a pawnbroker, whose death, he had convinced himself would do the world more good than harm. This conviction is based on his judgment that she cheats her clients and holds money that could be used for humanity. He then commits the murder, but is forced to kill the pitiful Elizabetha, the landlady's sister. The novel begins its twists and turns after these murders, with the introduction of the cunning detective who gets to investigate the murder and makes Raskolnikov his principal suspect. Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Give It A Go 12 Oct 2010
By M. Dowden HALL OF FAME TOP 50 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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If you are reading this it is becuase you really can't make up your mind whether to download it or not. Its free, so why not give it a go...you know you want to. This has been going up and down in the download charts of this catergory so lots of people must already have downloaded it, also back when the Big Read was running this was one of the titles that got in the top 100.

This is the Constance Garnett translation, which is probably the most read tanslation of this book; although not my ultimate favourite translation there is not anything wrong with this. If you are studying this for a course then you will have to check with your teacher which they consider the most accurate. Constance Garnett has come in for criticism over the years because she did miss things out and gloss over others, however she did reproduce something that is easily understood, readable and enjoyable into the English language, and in keeping with the actual story. Dostoevsky pushed the bounds of the Russian language to some extent so translating him is never an easy task and even some more modern translators have used her work to help with their own.

Of all Dostoevsky's major works this is probably the easiest one to read and that is why it has become so popular. The story is relatively simple in outline. Our anti-hero decides to commit a crime and this follows him through the planning, the execution, and the aftermath. 'Simples' I hear you say, any Tom, Dick or Harry could write that. It is the whole execution of the novel though that holds you entranced. Delving deep into the psyche Dostoevsky produced here something that can never be replicated as you go through what our anti-hero, Raskolnikov feels and thinks.

Truly what Shakespeare was to the play, Dostoevsky was to the novel, so even if you only ever read one of his novels then try this one. As I've said, it is the easiest major work of his to read, plus it is free.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crime and Punishment 22 Aug 2003
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Crime and Punishment is, to put it simply, a riveting book. It starts quite slowly although from the first couple of pages you get a strong sense of the tension, hyper-paranoia, and mental hypochondria suffered by the protagonist.
Once the murder has been committed, Dostoevsky takes the reader on a detailed and thoroughly intriguing journey into the mental anguish of the perpetrator who is torn between confessing his crime or living with the guilt. Furthermore, Dostoevsky manifests questions about lawful murder (and how this is used to obtain and maintain power and authority), religion and morality, as well as providing some astute psychological insight into the mental state of those who commit crime and are later executed by their own conscience.
Dostoevsky was a limitlessly gifted writer and he executes his prose superbly, attributing the correct word or phrase to create the appropriate effect on the reader.
There is an array of characters who swoop in and out of the story, each as wonderful as the others and providing some new kind of edge or angle to the storyline: from the luckless Marmeladoff - whose life-story in one of the early chapters certainly tugs at a few heart strings -, to the the crafty and manipulative magistrate Porphyrius or the vile and loathsome Svidrigailoff, each character is brilliant and emotion inducing in some way.
This marvellous book by such an exquisite writer as Dostoevsky is a MUST read for everyone whether they read no other in their lifetime, such is the depth and breadth of its content.
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