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  • Series: Oxford World's Classics
  • Paperback: 576 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA; Reissue edition (August 1, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199536368
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199536368
  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5 x 1.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,485 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Richard Peace is Emeritus Professor of Russian at Bristol University. He is the author of Dostoevsky: An Examination of his Major Novels.

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And what a pleasure it is to reread this great classic!
G. Johnston
Convinced that he is above the law, Raskolnikov murders an old pawnbroker with the thought that many good deeds can be justified by one bad one.
Mary Ellen
It is usually recognized as the first great novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
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As a novel, I have no complaints about Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. Personally, while it is not my favorite novel by Dostoevsky, it is the novel of his that I would recommend reading first; that is, I recommend it to people who are new to Dostoevsky and want to introduce themselves to the work of the great Russian novelist. In this review, I will comment briefly about the novel itself, and I will also give my opinion about this particular edition (i.e. the Oxford World's Classics edition).

As a novel, Crime and Punishment has long been adored by literary critics and well as by the general reading public. It is usually recognized as the first great novel by Fyodor Dostoevsky. The book was a popular and critical success in 1866 when it was first published in Russian. Fast forward to present day America. Dostoevsky's psychological tale of a crime and the psychological and real-world consequences of that crime on its transgressor has now been translated numerous times into English and remains a novel that, even today, is widely-read, critically respected and generally well-enjoyed by its modern audience.

The novel consists of six parts. The first part chronicles Raskalnikov (the main character) as he prepares to commit a crime. At the end of part one he actually goes through with his plan and commits the crime.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Johnston on August 11, 2012
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I am obsessive about finding the best translation of foreign novels, and this is the best of the many translations of Crime and Punishment, of which there are several clunky English versions. It is smooth and literate. And what a pleasure it is to reread this great classic!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Seamus on March 1, 2011
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Wow!

Upon picking up Crime and Punishment I am not exactly sure what I expected. I had listened to half of Anna Karenina on Audiobook a few years prior and I remember enjoying the way in which Tolstoy created vivid scenes through a brilliant combination of dialogue and narrative. I figured that since Dostoevsky and Tolstoy were both contemporaries in Russia, in the mid-1800s, they probably wrote in the same manner (Yes, I know this is ridiculous logic...yet, it seems to have worked in this case; so, to all those people who do not enjoy stereotypes and mass generalization, I say, "Ehh???").

I had also come across a handful of references to Crime and Punishment in multiple philosophical essays. Most of the time, these essays criticized Dostoevsky's viewpoint, expressed through C&P, that the ends justifies the means. Of course, seeing myself as one who would ideally like to see Kantian morality embraced throughout the entire world, I was also hoping to identify this and take issue with it.

Having just finished C&P, I can state that from a literary and artistic viewpoint I was blown away. I would describe Dostoevsky as the perfect mix of Dickens and Austen. He narrates as good or better than Dickens and his dialogue is even better than the dialogue of Pride and Prejudice. Reading C&P is a complete sensory experience, that keeps one entertained, intrigued, and thinking throughout the whole of the story.

Ostensibly, the story is about a man named Rodion Romanych, who goes by the name Raskolnikov, who kills an old lady and her sister in order to steal a few thousand roubles.
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By John T C on January 8, 2014
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Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment is the first classic detective story. But that is not even where it excels. With the Brothers Karamazov, it elevated Dostoyevsky to a mega writer when it comes to dissecting the mind and soul of characters for the readers. It is a great book of psychology. While it competes with Anna Karenina as the most widely read 19th century Russian novel in the English-speaking world, it is judged by many to be superior in its depth and lessons. The book's hero exemplifies all young ideologues who are wrestling with a new idea which they think can elevate them to the levels of great historic figures in their initial steps towards greatness. Often, a barrier has to be crossed which takes the potential legendary figure into an irreversible course. In Crime and Punishment, Raskolnikov who is the hero is a poor, intelligent and thoughtful student who is convinced that he has a mission for the advancement of mankind. He convinces himself that the mission has to start with him crossing over to greatness by robbing and killing an old woman, a pawnbroker, whose death, he had convinced himself would do the world more good than harm. This conviction is based on his judgment that she cheats her clients and holds money that could be used for humanity. He then commits the murder, but is forced to kill the pitiful Elizabetha, the landlady's sister. The novel begins its twists and turns after these murders, with the introduction of the cunning detective who gets to investigate the murder and makes Raskolnikov his principal suspect.Read more ›
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