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This book is book written and read superbly. Anthony Heald manages to create a unique voice for every character and really makes it come alive. I only wish that the book was longer.
I read the Brothers Karamazov before reading this and now I understand why people say to read this first. I really found my appreciation of the former heightened by this work.
Though I have to say the ending left me a little disappointed, not so much because I felt it was rushed but because it was a (spoiler alert) happy ending.
I am getting a little tired of reading these greats works of Russian Literature and after all of them have expertly such the trivial nature of life, the characters find love or god and are reborn, or take a moral bath as Tolstoy put it.
But this may a more personal critique as I have neither of these things.
Overall I would heartily recommend this book
The narration and stroy were a little hard to follow, but that could be my own fault for starting, stopping and falling asleep to this audiobook so many times. In retrospect, I like some of the provocative ideas that the novel proposed vis-a-vis it's main characters and their actions/outlooks. I have since applied some of the principles and quandries raised in this book to my everyday life and some of the "Fountainheadesque" concepts have lead to interesting dinner conversations. Therefore, I thought it was interesting, but I am not completely subscribing to Dostoevsky yet.
I have yet to read this book, and once I begun and started following along with my book, realized that it is not word for word. Disappointing. Please take note of this before you purchase this book. I was unaware.
cutting it in half would have improved the book
you get a sense of how a crime can haunt you and over time make you a crazy
I thought I needed this book for school but wrong one
Would like to exchange
This is one of the most dismal, no hope books I've ever read. From the things we've ever heard or read about Russia/Soviet Union, this just confirms what we think/believe about suppression, loss of hope, etc. The character is a student who can't afford to go to school anymore, barely exists in a small room, has pawned everything just to have a little bit of money, and then murders someone for what he thinks she may have but gets so overwhelmed with his guilt that he spirals downward and feels like everyone knows he's guilty. It was terribly depressing with the descriptions of life in Russia.
By which I mean to say that the narration had me positively exasperated. There were so many gasping breaths and turn-blue-in-the-face strings of sentences that I found myself concentrating largely on the reading of the book and not the story. The novel is mediocre, extremely slow in places, riveting and suspenseful in others. Any novel that does a half decent job at getting into the head of a confused sociopath earns at least two stars in my opinion. All in all, by the end of the story, I was more than ready to put down my iPod, choke the narrator, and send myself to Siberia.
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