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A classic ticked off the list
on 4 August 2011
Downloaded for free for the Kindle and thought worth a read. Quite long and heavy but got into the novel and enjoyed it. Not a cheerful book but paints a picture of poverty and Russian life. As others have said the themes and descriptions still relate today, but is not "modern dress" in any way. The underlying theme is indeed "crime and punishment" and this is dealt with in many ways. Why kill, and can this ever be justified? How a guilty man gives himself away. One is always "punished" even if not caught, and in many ways being free but guilty is worse than death - the torment of the guilty man can only be helped by going to prison, which is a form of healing.
Well I have read it and ticked it off the list. Not my idea of light holiday reading but glad I read it. Will now read some trash thriller to cheer myself up!