Dostoevsky's novel is a wonderful meditation on so many themes, most of which you'll see outlined in other reviwes. The thing that gripped me the most was how astute it is in realising the black confusion of an individual ship wrecked with guilt and mental discord - althougth I've never murdered a Russian money lender, I felt I could identify with the emotional turmoil and sick, tired world view of Raskolnikov. Not that it's all black as night. The rays of hope are clear, and I found convincing. The novel also succeeds in not allowing anyone to fall neatly into a "hero" "villain" stereotype -Dostoevsky's world is too real for that, full of broken people, crippled with sin, but reaching after something more. It's dark kids, but oh yes is it ever worth the read.
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