Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky

Summary

  1. Sparknotes can do a much better job summarizing it than I can but Raskolnikov murders a pawnbroker for money, feels terribly guilty and the whole novel is about how he deals with his feelings, his lack of understanding of cause and effect and his final confession
Key Takeaways
  1. Rodion Romanovich Raskolnikov – protagonist, murderer, filled with self-loathing and is overwhelmed by what he did
  2. Sofya Semyonova Marmeladov – Raskolnikov’s love
  3. Avdotya Romanovna Raskolnikov (Dunya) – Raskolnikov’s siter
  4. Arkady Invanovich Svidrigailov – Dunya’s former employer, threatening to her and her brother
  5. Razumikhin – Raskolnikov’s friend, poor student, Raskolnikov’s foil (friendly, hard worker, kind)
  6. Profiry – in charge of the murder investigation, Raskolnikov’s antagonist
What I got out of it
  1. Very interesting book and Dostoevsky is known for his incredible understanding of human nature. Much like Brothers Karamazov, I found it good but not great (perhaps because I listened to both books and wasn’t really able to completely dive into the book and its characters)

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