Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment Summary

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. It 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 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 vermin. 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.

Book Reviews


Categorical Morality5 star

The book is diverse in its content. But the question on categorical morality that Dostoyevsky approached was embedded in deep psychological as well social structure of humans. Overstepping ones boundaries to see how far one can go often leads to disparity and agony. One should know what is wrong and no matter what the utility of ones act is it isn’t worth ruining one’s conscience for.55


Errors in translation4 star

this version has some format errors that impede the story, which itself is 5 stars45

The phyco pathway

Best book I’ve read5 star

A comfortably complex plot, philosophical issues still relevant almost 200 years later, and a writing style that makes you feel the psychological anguish of every character. Good stuff.55


Russian Literature5 star

I read this book. 5 stars55


Fascinating4 star

A very interesting study of human nature and how guilt affects one’s personality even if one gets away with a crime. Also, the mental process of justifying one’s right to commit a crime and the ensuing mental anguish. Even though love and honesty are shown to triumph over evil, the book is still rather sad and dark.45


Great Start....4 star

Great start to this book, however it’s for naught when it falls apart on the third act with its predictable religious propaganda of an era without science or technology or practical thinking. It is still worth the read, despite the fact that half of the entirety of the book is basically the author repeatedly stating the full names (FULL NAMES) of every character about a thousand times each, which is needless to say so absolutely unnecessary. Times were certainly different.45


Thoroughly Engrossing5 star

Reading this monster was an undertaking at first but it quickly sucked me in, and I found it difficult to put down; however, a word to the wise this free version is the Constance Garrett translation, which a quick google search will tell you might not be the most true to the author’s intentions. That being said I voraciously read the entire novel prior to realizing the edition and still had a great time. It’s free, so, you know, whatever.55


Beautiful5 star

Everything is exquisitely composed, beautifully laid out. Words cannot describe this masterpiece.55


K5 star

Dove to the yes key wrote a master piece. Berry cool55

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