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Crime and Punishment Paperback – December 16, 2009
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To give you a few quotes from the publishers website: "We created your book using OCR software ..... with up to 3,500 characters per page, even one percent can be an annoying number of typos.... After we re-typeset ... your book, the page numbers change so the old index and table of contents no longer work .... we usually remove them. .... Our OCR software can't distinguish between an illustration and a smudge or library stamp so it ignores everything except type. ..... We created your book using a robot who turned and photographed each page. Our robot is 99 percent accurate. But sometimes two pages stick together. And sometimes a page may even be missing from our copy of the book. .....". There's no manual editing whatsover.
You get the general idea. Unfortunately, books published by General Books LLC are named, seemingly intentionally, so that they have reviews associated with much better quality imprints. General Books LLC is an imprint of VDM Published (google them on Wikipedia), which is flooding Amazon with poor quality reprints and, unfortunately, many of them have the reviews associated with the original or with beter quality imprints associated with them.
Seems like it's Caveat Emptor on Amazon these days as Amazon certainly doesn't seem to be doing anything to protect it's customers from this Publisher.
This is the reason people started to hate big box and online bookstores when they first started putting neighborhood bookstores out of business -- because they don't seem to care about books, just making money. But what's funny here is that they could actually charge money for the better translation, since it's new, but instead they choose to give away an inferior version and pretend it's the same thing. (They do offer the Pevear and Volokhonsky version of Demons for a price - a version easier to distinguish because the newer translation even changes the title from the less-accurate The Possessed - versions with that title are available for free.) Also, because they don't distinguish between different translations, there is no button available under the Pevear and Volokhonsky version to request that the publisher make it available for Kindle.Read more ›
To be sure, the book seems wordy in places, but I suspect this has to do with the translation. And what translator in his right mind would be bold enough to edit the great Dostoyevsky? But this is a very minor problem.
What we get with Dostoyevsky is dramatic tension, detailed and believable human characters, and brilliant insight into human nature. Early in the novel our hero meets and has a lengthy conversation with Marmeladov, a drunkard. This conversation is never uninteresting and ultimately becomes pathetic and heartbreaking, but I kept wondering why so much time was spent on it. As I got deeper into the book, I understood why this conversation was so important, and realized that I was in the hands of a master storyteller. This is also indicative of the way in which the story reveals itself. Nothing is hurried. These people speak the way we actually speak to one another in real life, and more importantly, Dostoyevsky is able to flesh out his characters into whole, three-dimensional human beings.
And what a diverse group of characters! Each is fleshed out, each is marvelously complex.Read more ›
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I read this book for school in the International baccalaureate program and I hate it. It is so slow and long and boring.Published 7 days ago by M. Damerow
This s Dostoevsky's best writing. He is the most nuanced of the great Russian writers of his literary era. This is especially true regarding the art of layered plot expression.Published 8 days ago by Gambaru
Very difficult book to read. My first book to try my new kindle and I got this free book. Glad I did not pay for it. Were it not a well known classic I would delete it. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Blanche Krakowski
This life changing book is all about the withering of a man from the cruel standards of society... It is by finding the absolute freedom that one can achieve by finding oneself.Published 27 days ago by Walter
Well worth the read, helps if you understand Russian culture. A discourse on the power of the mind for evil or good.Published 28 days ago by KeriT
This is one of the best novels ever written!!!!! You cannot put it down!!!! The translation from the Russian in this edition is excellent. Buy it!!!! It's a classic!!Published 1 month ago by Bertilla Baker
We are taught to learn history is to prevent making the same mistake twice. It's haunting how this book, written in 1866, is still relevant. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Kristi Wilson