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More than a novel of ideas, a supreme psychological portrait,
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This review is from: Crime and Punishment (Vintage Classics) (Paperback)The ideas presented, of what it means to dream of ideals, and what it means to act on them, are no longer in the raw nascent stage they were in Notes from the Underground. Raskalnikov, unlike the Underground man, acts. Raskalnikov's crime is only murder, but this is enough to send him reeling the other way. The ideas are still not in the mature aspect they will come to take on in Demons, where all of society is at stake, and The Brothers Karamazov, where the crime is parricide.
All in all, a good introduction to Dostoevsky. Just don't miss out on Notes from the Underground too.