How presumptuous it is of me to think I can add anything else of value to this already lengthy list of reviews. What can I tell you that you have not already read and reread about this book. You probably know the outline well enough by now, and no doubt know how Raskolnikov; a deluded young intellectual, is the `hero' in our story. You probably read in the previous reviews about how skillfully Dostoevsky weaves together the different narratives into a single story... about how it is a psychological thriller, and about the themes of redemption, love and faith that run through the book. So what can I add that is unique? I find that when I read reviews I can identify with certain reviewers because of their experience or their reasons for reading. If like me, you have a desire to change the world (or your corner of it) for good, are dissatisfied with the status quo and want radical change, maybe this book is for you. Raskolnikov is like every young person that wants to be different, that wants to do something that hasn't been done before. Someone not content with being mediocre, being like the other `idiots' that inhabit the world, someone who feels he has a need to prove himself to the world. It is especially to these people that the books speaks as a warning not to forsake one's humanity for an idea.
This is only one of many themes and I can not hope to do the book justice in so short a review. Dostoevsky is definitely a giant in literature, and this book is evidence of his genius. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who is interested in a powerful and moving story.