Sunday, January 23, 2011

Crime And Punishment by Fyodor Dostoesky

I have heard so much about this book. Fellows bookworms have been raving about this book for a long time but I only got to know about it in the recent years through the former Paylessbooks forum.

It seems to be a book for any serious reader. I have chance upon it a few times but hesitated to buy. Worried that I might not be able to understand the story nor appreciate it. But the one the last Big Bad Wolf Sale, this book calls to me again. RM8...worth the chance, right?

Started to read this book 3 days ago and finally finished the 551 pages of it, though at some parts I did speed reading.

The story is about an impoverished ex-student in St Peterburg, Rodian Romanovich Raskolnikov who comes up with a plan to murder the local pawnbroker woman. It was a perfect crime although he had some narrow escape.

His reason for the murder was for money and he reasoned that the death of the evil pawnbroker would benefit mankind more than if the pawnbroker had lived.

He got away with the crime but his conscience would not let him rest. He would fret about the crime and had times thought of confessing to it.


There are many interesting and thought provoking sub-plots to the main story, like stories of his family, friends and acquaintance. And how everything is entwine to one another.

What do I think of this book? It's a masterpiece. Dostoevsky managed to bring out the mental anguish face by Raskolnikov when he was contemplating the murder and after the murder. Very dangerous book also as the reasons for the murder which seems so wrong could be viewed in another point which makes the murder seems alright.

Definitely a book for a serious reader.

6 comments:

cleffairy said...

So this is the book you were talking about? Looks like not bad. Hmm... next round pinjam la.

cheeyee said...

Looks like good book. :)

Small Kucing said...

Cleff

Yup this is the one

Small Kucing said...

Chee Yee

It is a good book

Hidayah Ismawi said...

have always seen this listed in 100 must-read books etc. Have also never read the books.. Hmm..seems like I have to search for it now

Uncle Lee said...

Hi Mama Kuching, you the only woman I know, ever known who reads books like no tomorrow, ha ha.

Incidentally, the World's biggest bookstore is here in Toronto....if you here, you'll go bonkers see the millions of books. You name it, they have it.
You have fun....regret I never heard of this author.
I stopped reading books, papers the day I retired, ha ha.
Have a nice day.
Lee.

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