For the past few weeks, Crime & Punishment has consumed my thought life. I can honestly say that the main character’s situation and inner dialogue absolutely entranced me. I actually thought about the reality of Raskinikov’s actions as if I committed them. The setting is in 19th century Russia, but the themes experienced by the characters are timeless. A few themes in the book touched upon are poverty, pride, murder, prostitution, God, and guilt.
The dialogue in the book between the characters is second to none in literature, the lucid details of the murder, and the conversations is extremely realistic, and the story line is great. To be honest, the book seemed to drag on at a few points but overall I can see why this book is regarded as a classic masterpiece. The language used in affluent and makes one want to speak more intelligent.
The main point of the book is that the main character posited a theory and actually tried it out. The theory is that a great man can do anything such as murder if he is to become a great man and is above the normal or common law. Raskinikov takes from history an account of Napoleon. Raslinikov states that Napoleon early in his life could murder anyone he wanted because he was to become a great man.
I would suggest either reading it or listening to the audio version. The book has a few different translations but I chose the audio version due to my long drive. One last thing, I would suggest googling the characters to keep them straight until you are familiar with them.