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Crime and Punishment - Book Review

February 27, 2017

Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky is one of the must-read literary masterpieces. Given its length, I did purchase an audio version, and listen for over a week. The scope of this novel is truly overwhelming. The characters are intriguing, many of their qualities are not likable, yet they captivate the reader as we follow their life stories, struggle with their decisions, and wish for a happy ending. Crime and punishment is a in depth study of human nature, at its worst. The vibrant ensemble of characters opens a window into the Russian society, the hierarchy, despair and hope.  Crime and Punishment is also a story of love and redemption, faith and forgiveness.

 

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