he exquisite literary genius of the novel evoked a strong emotional resonance in me and the timing of my reading was just right to forever wed me to my love of books.Initially envisioned as two separate ovels, one following the inner conflic of a murder and the other chronicling the melancholic destruction of a family due to a flighty, alcoholic patriarch, Dostoevsky deftly weaves together a multitude of unforgettable characters as they interplay through their tangle of plotlines.
Most often this emotion is guilt, and anothe kidnappin scene and it ’ s feverish follow-up is so expertly crafted that the reader thinks they must share in Raskolnikov ’ s guilty burden.
Know it wasn ’ t he novel taking root in my soul, perhaps it was due to the cold fall weather that was creeping in at the time, or erhaps it was due to my lack of sleep and early rising to embark on 10-12hr shifts in an unheated factory where I would work away amidst a cloud of aluminum dust, but I felt feverish and ill alongside Raskolnikov and his fever dreams.
I don ’ t hink I felt well again until after finishing thi book.I believe I read Crime and Punishment at the ideal moment in my life.
At he time I began C& P, I ad moved across the state away from all my friends, family, and something I hate and recognized, to live in Holland with my brand new baby brothe and work in th actory that could easily serve for a modern day sequel to Sinclair ’ s The Jungle.
Stil I wan to sleep and sober up.5/5* It has now been eight month since I 've read his novel and I know it less as a ook I already read but as th moment in my life I once lived.
When I read C& P, admittedly at the right time for such an excursion of thought, it was like a companion that went along with me on a new adventure in what was a seemingly empty and lonely landscape, a classmat that chatted with me throughout the day, th novel that shared my emotional state with me for better or for worse.