A Reader posted a review at 2008-11-04 03:01:19.
An amazing journey through the psyche of Raskolnikov, a former student struck by poverty and crazy ideas. Dostoyevsky is the master of narration, and he tells us the story through intense and detailed conversations.
Can crime be justified? an eternal question that presents itself in every page, as you alternate between love and hate for the young Rodny who believes that there are two types of people: regular and extraordinary. The latter have to spill some blood to communicate their magnificent ideas, which are for the better good after all.
This 19th century classic illustrates to us the simplicity of the ideas that rush through one's mind before committing the unthinkable, and reminds us of the infinite power of our conscience, which can provide more punishment than the laws of the state.
A total masterpeice.
p.s. if you are new to Russian lit, you might get confused with the characters because of the names (each person has a first and middle name,and a short name)