Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky


“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.”

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

       We all know what’s the endgame here. Someone will commit a crime. Punishment will follow. Now, now. Don’t think it’s that simple. After all, we’re talking about Fyodor Dostoyevsky. This is actually the first novel I’ve read from him; not surprising is it. I’m actually glad that I can finally scratch off one of the most quintessential novel every bookworm should read in their lifetime. Yet, I still wish I could get more out of it. I wish this novel would span over my whole life so that I could find entertainment every single day, and never worry about being bored. Crime and Punishment is a classic fiction novel that documents the psychology of a murderer, Rodion Raskolnikov. As he plunges into a delusional world filled with despair and torture, his conscious continues to hold a strong grip on his life. His only way out lies within Sonya, a downtrodden prostitute. What does the world have in store for Raskolnikov after committing the greatest crime of all?


“To go wrong in one’s own way is better than to go right in someone else’s.”

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

            This dark masterpiece had my complete attention with a ‘psychological record of a crime’. The simple fact that it conveys a in-depth analysis of the mind of a person who’s committed a crime had me wondering how entertaining can a book get. Crime and Punishment is separated into 6 different parts. The first part essentially covers the protagonists story and his rise to become a murderer. Filled with a great load of foreshadowing, from dreams and compulsive repetition of the crime in his mind, the story sets up perfectly an event that will haunt Raskolnikov for the rest of his days. The rest of the book gravitates around the second half of the title; punishment. The most satisfying part of it all is that the real, factual and societal punishment is never touched upon until very, very late in this brick of a book. What’s even more fascinating is how the novel even manages to digress from the crime itself and has readers focused on subplots. Gosh, I’m still amazed by the writing in this masterpiece.


“The darker the night, the brighter the stars,
The deeper the grief, the closer is God!”

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

      Raskolnikov’s psychological journey after the murder is one to emerge you into Crime and Punishment like no other novel will ever be able to do. The various thoughts, the denial, the second-guessing, the paranoia, the stress, there isn’t a single thing left out. In fact, it’s how the author travels through the effects of committing a crime that makes this novel an instant classic. The protagonist simply feels human. To top it off, what drove him to commit the crime in question is never dealt with till later, but his attitude, his way of seeing life—considering himself as being above the law and better than others—just makes Raskolnikov one of the most perfected character of all time. He battles through hell, climbs out insane, crawls back into the dark stinky corners of Russia and so much more throughout Crime and Punishment. The plot itself doesn’t always focus on the protagonist. Several other characters are brought in, skimmed over, pummeled through. Every single person served a pertinent role and weren’t never short of being interesting. There’s even a character that crawls into relevancy and criticize nihilism; a concept that’s thoroughly analyzed throughout the novel on a 2nd, maybe even 3rd degree.


“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.”

— Fyodor Dostoyevsky, Crime and Punishment

        Exquisite writing, impeccable character development, formidable plot and a great story of redemption. Crime and Punishment is without a doubt a novel that needs to be read and reread and reread. I’m absolutely grateful that Trang bought me this Penguin Classics Deluxe Edition of the novel. Eye-dropping and drool-inducing, the moment my hands met its cover I felt a calling. I just knew this book wasn’t going to disappoint! I mean the amount of craftiness in Raskolnikov’s psychological torture is beyond my understanding. Men is prone to have random evil thoughts now and then, with their rationality that comes and destroys them afterwards. Once a crime committed, it’s no surprise that a man that isn’t originally a psychopath (incapable of empathy or showing emotions) feels the repercussions. It’s in the psychological punishment that a great deal of damage is done to the person and this novel makes it feel like that sort of punishment is far worse than anything society could throw at you (i.e. prison). I absolutely loved how the story builds around Raskolnikov, a man who saw himself at the top of the world from the beginning and wouldn’t let poverty rule him and represent him. The best part is how the greatest crime of all brings him to isolate himself from the world and feel the punishment like none other. It’s only through Sonya that he can find light and it’s how Fyodor Dostoyevsky builds this that makes this novel an instant masterpiece.

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My overall rating: ★★★★★/

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This is most definitely my favorite cover ever. Fell in love with it the moment I set my eyes on it. ❤

20 thoughts on “Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

  1. This is one I should probably revisit. I read it in high school and hated it, but I’m sure that had to do with my laziness and the length of the book.

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    1. Awwnn that stinks. Then again, maybe back in high school, the book would’ve felt like a burden to some extent. I personally wouldn’t have caught on to a lot of details and themes that are dealt with in the book too though. I’d definitely recommend giving Crime and Punishment another go. It’s such an amazing novel and easily climbed up to be one of my all time faves.

      – Lashaan


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  4. I agree with your description. I would add that what makes this character and book more realistic is that in the end he is still not repentant and resents the woman whose appearance finally made him turn himself in. Dostoyevsky does a great job grappling with reality but also keeping his books realistic. Tolstoy, on the other hand, ends his books (War and Peace in particular) with the characters all getting what they want in the end and either being happy or dying with joy and content. Without a doubt Dostoyevsky suppresses Tolstoy, although “The Idiot” is not as strong as his other works.

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    1. I haven’t read any of Tolstoy’s books yet, and I do plan on rectifying that some day. I totally understand what you mean and I agree that the amount of realism and his ability to dive into the psyche of characters is quite memorable and spectacular. I do plan on checking out most of his work since I’ve turned into a fan of his after Crime and Punishment. I’ve read one of his first work called Poor Folks as well. I actually hear people say that The Brother Karamazov might be his best work too. Can’t wait to check that one out. Thank you for checking out my review by the way. It means a lot. 🙂

      – Lashaan


  5. Excellent review! I’ve wanting to read Crime and Punishment for months now. I love Dostoyevsky’s writing style. I read Notes from Underground a couple months ago and immediately fell in love with his Existentialist views of life.
    I look forward to reading more from you guys in the future… Happy Reading! 🙂

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    1. Oh, why, thank you so much! It’s always nice to see my older reviews being appreciated like this. 😀 Dostoyevsky’s one of those rare authors who can create some of the most realistic characters that literature has ever known. I can only HIGHLY recommend this one to you. I’ve been meaning to dive back into his books every since I read this and Poor Folks, but I’m waiting to get my hands on a pretty edition of some of his other classics (The Idiot or The Brother Karamazov). Hope you enjoy anything you pick up by him in the future! I definitely have to try Notes from Underground as well! Happy reading!!

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  6. I am really glad you linked to this. It was great to read this review and your love of the book really shows. And that cover with him stepping in blood and the face looking back up at him is just dang cool!


    1. Well, well, well. I honestly didn’t expect anyone to click on my links to visit my past reviews. I appreciate that you took the time to do that though. I didn’t dare reread myself after so many years though. Can’t imagine what I had to say or how I said it. At least it sounds like it wasn’t that bad hahah I’ll probably revisit this one in a couple of years for sure. And yes! Love this cover so much too. The closest to a Folio Society edition of this book to me, for sure hahah

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      1. Any time someone re-reads a book and puts up a link, if I’m interested I always click back. Seeing how the reviewers perception of the book has changed over the years tells me just as much about them as it does about the book.

        And it helps that I’ve got a couple of silent followers on my blog who are always clicking on my older links, so I figure I can pass on the favor 🙂

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