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Crime and Punishment (Collector's Library) Hardcover – August 1, 2010
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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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A little Slow and names are confusing , maybe a system of nicknames mixed with full namesPublished 15 days ago by marines
A pretty long read for me. This story gives the reader a lot to think about and ponder on. But in the end, love is the answer.Published 23 days ago by Let's Read
Classic book with germane and salient points on life. Very worthwhile reading.Published 26 days ago by James
Immediately after reading it I probably would have given it three stars however, it's now been over a week and it deserves four stars. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Brendan Shanahan
I got about 1/3rd of the way through the book and couldn't figure out where the story was going. This is supposed to be such a great novel but after getting as far as I did and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Mad Scientist
Jesse Coulson's translations of Dostoevsky are brilliant. He's only done a few. The field is dominated by a woman whose name escapes me....Garnett? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Anne
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Level – Tough, dense, fairly long
Rodion (Rody) Románovich Raskolnikov is a poor college student in St. Read more