Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky || Book Review


It has been a while since I’ve done a post and it’s about time I get back to it. It’s almost the end of the year and I’d like to do as many review posts as possible so I don’t carry them over into the new year as I did this year.

I’ve mentioned this before, and I’m not the only one, but classic books can be a drag. And they can be dragged out and on. Crime and Punishment is no exception. How I eventually finished it, I’m not sure and while it did turn out to be an interesting read, the length and the pace of the book won’t justify a reread for me.

DISCLAIMER: This review could contain possible spoilers based on my opinions. All opinions and views are my own.

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Challenge prompt: A book set in Russia
Originally published: 1866

Pages: 647
Format: Paperback

Plot from GoodReads:

Raskolnikov is surrounded by the harsh injustices of the world, and his guilt is unbearable. As Raskolnikov enters a dangerous cat and mouse game with the examining magistrate, a psychological thriller unfolds that probes how far humanity might go when driven by disillusionment and whether any crime can be justified by a higher purpose.


This book wasn’t an easy read, it had a slow pace and it was quite dark.

Rastolnikov’s metal turmoil was brought through clearly and his struggles with his consciousness were true to the situation. While the length of the book was a little too long for me personally, it made sense that each scene and detail added in the book was critical to the story.

You can feel compassion towards the difficult choices the women had to make in the book, as well as the effects and hardships of poverty. There weren’t many scenes that shocked or surprised me but the animal dream was very detailed and quite disturbing – a word of warning for sensitive readers.

My Rating:

The book has a rating of 4.25 on GoodReads. I gave it a 4.

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