Monday, February 7, 2011

Fyodor Dostoevsky - Crime and Punishment

"I stopped reading somewhere in the third chapter. If you have a need for more child prostitution, alcoholism, theft, and depression, then this book is probably for you. If you get all the way to the end, you can nod knowingly at the other pretentious louts who agree (but can't say why) Dostoevsky was a genius.

If you would rather dwell on the blessings of freedom than the diseases which engendered by socialism, read something else."

"The blurb describes the book as 'a preternaturally acute investigation of the forces that impel a man toward sin, suffering and grace.' Uh huh. You can tell I'm really impressed can't you?"

"Even as a play, it would still fail to meet my criteria for literature."

"Was this book brilliant? Yes. Was it well written? Yes. Was it geniously structured? Yes. Was the Psychology incredible? Yes. Does that make me hate it any less? No."

"In C&P, the main character wanders around, feeling awful about what he's done, but not awful enough to actually take responsibility for it or do anything about it."

"I'm 17, Can't do the normal review, but I have thoughts on this trash....
A Kid's Review
This is so boring. This is down right trash. Don't waste your time with this garbage."

"This book is depressing and intentionally boring and exploits a religious theme to curry favor over books by much better Russian authors who readers are denied the pleasure of reading as a result."

"Too dark for me. Is it my imagination or is everyone 'mad'?"

"I am sure it's blasphemy to give this only 1 star, but that's just who you're dealing with. You should read my movie reviews; you'd be equally offended. Frankly, I can't remember much about this book except for my strong and immediate dislike of it. Whiny narrator who I cared not a lick about. Is this missing the point? I don't really give a shit about that either. Down with the patriarchy!"

"This book sucks. People were fucking stupid 1,000 years ago."

"The character I most hated was the prostitute with the 'heart of gold' who was deeply religious (a contradiction, if you think about it)"

"I wasn't really impressed with the writing style either when Dostoevsky used dialogue to move the story instead of describing the happenings."

"The only people who should read this book are people who belong to so called ' intelectual' parties, or people who have commited terrible crimes - it can replace death as ' The Capital Punnishment' ."

"I also resent the role of women in the book: angel or whore and no in between."

"There is no doubt that 'Crime and Punishment' would have been one of the greatest novels of the century had not Dostoevsky leaned towards the more acceptable sense of morality related to the weak tenets of Chrisitanity. In doing so, he made Rasknolikov a caricature of himself, lethargic and yet redeemable by accepting Christ's suffering. It was more appropriate to adapt Nietzsche's figure of 'the noble superman' but Dostoevsky, at the time of his writing, was a destroyed soul, drinking and plagued by debts, a gambling and morphine addiction and on top of that, he was a converted Christian, which is to say he resembled a 'spineless worm'.

There is a powerful beginning in which the bold character Rasknolikov conceptualizes the murder of an old aged hag who serves no purpose to society but beyond that, Dostoevsky tortures us with the conscience of an obstinate man who is shattered by an insignificant crime. In all effect, Dostoevsky became an apologist not only for bourgeois values and the Czar with his corrupt regime, but for Orthodox Christianity, which not only supported the exploitation of the Russian population but welcomed it. The end of the novel, which portrays a once proud, noble, and intellectually superior young man weeping before a prostitute and the image of the bible, brings about the demise of Dostoevsky's credibility."

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