Monday, February 2, 2015

135. Crime and Punishment

Crime and Punishment
Fyodor Dostoevsky
1866
Around 570 pages












This is the first book that I have actually listened to on audio CDs.  It took me a few months, but I managed to listen to the entire thing during my commute.  It was a bit of a chore to sit through, so I imagine that it would have taken me that long even if I had read it.

Raskolnikov or, as I call him, The Whiniest Literary Character of All Time, kills a cruel pawnbroker and her sister.  The character that is subjected to his whining and guilt the most, besides the reader, is Sonya, a prostitute with a heart of gold.

Man, this book was a snore.  I have thoroughly enjoyed other Dostoevsky novels, so I don't know why this one was so hard for me to swallow.  Maybe it is because not enough happened in this novel.   Most of the plot was focused on one of the first scenes and that can get tiring really quickly.  It was much more interesting to read about the crime and ultimate punishment in The Brothers Karamazov.  At least that novel kept moving forward.

I don't know what my crime was, but I was certainly punished with this novel.  I'll be here all week, folks.

RATING: **---

Interesting Facts:

Woody Allen's 2005 Matchpoint is roughly based on this novel.

There are over 25 film adaptations of this novel.

UP NEXT: Journey to the Centre of the Earth by Jules Verne.  This is a short novel, so I hopefully I will back by sometime next week.

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