by Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikiv murders two women in an attempt to prove a social theory, but even though he escapes capture by the police, there is no evading his own conscience.
It might just be me, but those Russians can write some incredible stuff! Crime and Punishment is not a book you want to read in small doses. This is one for when you're burrowing in for the weekend. You'll want to follow all the twists and turns of social and criminal psychology without a lot of interruption. At least, I did.
I felt the most riveting aspect of the book was the myriad of scenes in which Raskolnikov is self-analyzing, alternately rationalizing what he has done and loathing what he has become. There were a few times when I found myself reminded of Anne Rice's vampire Lestat. It came across most strongly in the scene when Raskolnikov is at Sonya's apartment and he makes her read to him from the Bible. I could clearly picture his words coming out of Lestat's mouth. The image was so strong that it was almost distracting. If I was an ambitious sort of girl, I would do a compare and contrast of those two and see what I could come up with. But, alas, I am not, so the teaser is all you or I get. :-)
NOTICE: (Updated March 5, 2010)
Beginning December 19, 2009, Books 'N Border Collies will be posting but only intermittently while I pursue personal goals. I plan to share some reading I'm doing, but there will be no reviews. I will, however, be sharing my exploration of vegetarian cooking and the cookbooks and websites I use to educate myself. I hope you enjoy it!