Why did I love this book?
I love the texture and naturalness of Dostoyevsky's writing, and Crime and Punishment is the ultimate blend of his gifts as a novelist of supreme skill.
The book focuses on a young, intelligent former student (Raskalnikov) who commits a tragic act, unknowingly in pursuit of his own humanity, but his guilt and paranoia begin to dominate his existence. It is through his sense of guilt that we as the reader feel a growing sense of claustrophobia that is almost unbearable, yet made immensely engaging by Dostoyevsky’s depth-filled writing.
Raskalnikov is complex in that he is not evil or bad in a sense that one expects from one who engages in a horrifying criminal act, and it is this very complexity which makes Crime and Punishment such a compelling work.