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Crime and Punishment is a novel by the Russian author Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It was first published in the literary journal The Russian Messenger in twelve monthly installments during 1866. It was later published in a single volume. This is the second of Dostoyevsky's full-length novels following his return from ten years of exile in Siberia. Crime and Punishment is the first great novel of his "mature period" of writing. Crime and Punishment focuses on the mental anguish and moral dilemmas of Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov, an impoverished ex-student in St. Petersburg who formulates and executes a plan to kill an unscrupulous pawnbroker for her cash. Raskolnikov argues that with the pawnbroker's money he can perform good deeds to counterbalance the crime, while ridding the world of a worthless parasite. He also commits this murder to test his own hypothesis that some people are naturally capable of such things, and even have the right to do them. Several times throughout the novel, Raskolnikov justifies his actions by connecting himself mentally with Napoleon Bonaparte, believing that murder is permissible in pursuit of a higher purpose. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crime_and_Punishment

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Crime And Punishment
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3.9 / 5
Crime and Punishment
November 9th, 2015
Dostoevsky writes deeply and intimately of the condition of a guilty mind. His characters bring to life the complexity of ethics and Greg morality in relation to personal achievement and social status. The protagonist's struggle reminds me of utilitarian morality and Maslow's hierarchy of needs versus Biblical legal obligations and empathy. Which among these wins?
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Great Read!
August 1st, 2015
I used this book to help me fall asleep, it's definitely a snoozer. That said, upon completing the final chapter I found myself extremly satisfied with the read. While the plot is paper thin, the characters are interesting and the writing is phenomenal.
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Crime and Punishment
November 9th, 2014
I found it to be very dis-jointed to read.
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Bom livro
October 13th, 2014
Bom livro, Li gostei e pretendo reler algum dia
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Bom livro
October 13th, 2014
Bom livro, Li gostei e pretendo reler algum dia
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2 reviews
1 person found this helpful
Good book
October 7th, 2014
A great story. And quite relevant today still
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Outsider
July 16th, 2014
Predecessor to The Outsider. Unnerving tale of a man and his nerves. Psychology, taunt, misery, suffering. Crime and punishment
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Crime and Punishment
January 14th, 2014
Genius, but never could find myself willing to give a kopeck for the protagonist. Needs much, much further contemplation.
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Raskolnkov
December 20th, 2013
Culpa, manolo. Sabe culpa? Pois é.
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" great expectations"
December 4th, 2013
Although I enjoyed reading it, but I guess I had greater expectations since one of my friends almost swears by the book and its author. I guess if I read it without preconception, I might enjoyed it more!!
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Owner of Video Jewels & Photo
October 27th, 2013
This book is both commentary on Russian Life in the 1860's and a magnificent think piece on a young man experiencing a psychotic break. It shows that even in grim, gray bleakness, a single light finds a way of shining through.
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Crime and Punishment
August 14th, 2013
A drama filled book, that brings uneasiness to the heart as the main characters struggles with morality. Good read!
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Romântico mas marginal
June 14th, 2013
Final romântico para um historia de personagens marginais(classe média), devia ter sido mais realista ou niilista ou mesmo inusitado como Leminski.
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Crime & punishment
May 4th, 2013
I thought the book to be beautifully written. The Author somehow must have experienced much of the despair and anguish described to be able to write in such powerful text. I really enjoyed the reading experience.
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1 person found this helpful
Excellence
May 1st, 2013
One of those books that should never end
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Reseña
April 28th, 2013
Una verdadera obra maestra...
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Book
April 18th, 2013
The book is so good I love birds so I love the book
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Book
April 18th, 2013
The book is so good I love birds so I love the book
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Challenging read
March 19th, 2013
A great story. Almost always in slow motion and requiring a lot of attention. Beautiful ending made up for some of the dryier portions of the book.
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Classic masterpiece
March 11th, 2013
A Russian friend of mine told me that Dostoyevsky can make you love his writings or not, there were no "in betweens". I loved it. Although in some parts the reading is slowed by the millions of thoughts, feelings, names and details, it fully engulfs the reader and make him want to know even more of what's happening at the moment. From my point of view, his book was written in such a way, that Dostoyevsky can really make you hate, love, understand (or not) the characters of his masterpiece and get you involved in their lives through happiness and sorrow, love and hate, joy and darkness. So summing up: Great author, great book, had a great time reading it. Rodrigo Maturana Ruiz de Gamboa
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3 of 3 people found this helpful
Amazing book!
March 11th, 2013
Best book in ages
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Russian writing
March 5th, 2013
Troubling book from 1850's Russia. Interesting that the struggles of the criminal mind have not changed much in all those years and in a different culture.
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It's ok
January 13th, 2013
The book is ok not the most addictive book out there
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Awesome
January 8th, 2013
I love this sounds so good and awesome!!!
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Good
December 25th, 2012
It was pretty good
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