Book Review | Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky

Updated: Jun 24

Birth: November 11, 1821, Moscow, Russia

Death: February 9, 1881, St. Petersburg, Russia


Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky - 1866

Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky was born on November 11, 1821 in Moscow. Dostoevsky published his first book "Poor Folk" in 1846. Dostoevsky was arrested in 1849, for alleged involvement in a conspiracy against the state. The novels he wrote after exile glorified Russian literature: Notes from Underground, Crime and Punishment, The Gambler, The Brothers Karamazov...


I would like to share with you today; Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevsky.



Finally. I have finally read this masterpiece. I finally sat down and flew through this 687 (Turkish version) page book in two days. Why did I go through this book so fast? Because I adored it. I have not read a book this good since "Oblomov" and it is now one of my all-time favorite novels. In my opinion, this book made me realize that Dostoevsky is the best Russian author and is the best writer that did not write in English. I'm convinced.


His writing is so masterfully pieced together that, at times, you feel like you can fly into the book and see everything in crisp clear detail. Everything this book throws my way not only has meaning, it has a great meaning that makes you think. It made be realize how amazing Dostoevsky really is and it makes me realize that a lot of things about the way the mind works when murder is thrown into the picture. Without a shred of doubt, I recommend this book as required reading to all readers. It may be challenging at times with its language, but not overly difficult, so you will get through it fine if you pay attention. This is now one of my favorite books of all time. What else can I say? It's indefinable. I am giving this a 10 out of 10!



“Pain and suffering are always inevitable for a large intelligence and a deep heart. The really great men must, I think, have great sadness on earth.” /Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
“We sometimes encounter people, even perfect strangers, who begin to interest us at first sight, somehow suddenly, all at once, before a word has been spoken.” /Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
“The darker the night, the brighter the stars, The deeper the grief, the closer is God!” /Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
“And the more I drink the more I feel it. That's why I drink too. I try to find sympathy and feeling in drink.... I drink so that I may suffer twice as much!” /Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
“I used to analyze myself down to the last thread, used to compare myself with others, recalled all the smallest glances, smiles and words of those to whom I’d tried to be frank, interpreted everything in a bad light, laughed viciously at my attempts ‘to be like the rest’ –and suddenly, in the midst of my laughing, I’d give way to sadness, fall into ludicrous despondency and once again start the whole process all over again – in short, I went round and round like a squirrel on a wheel.” /Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment

“Taking a new step, uttering a new word, is what people fear most.”

“We're always thinking of eternity as an idea that cannot be understood, something immense. But why must it be? What if, instead of all this, you suddenly find just a little room there, something like a village bath-house, grimy, and spiders in every corner, and that's all eternity is. Sometimes, you know, I can't help feeling that that's what it is.” /Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
“To go wrong in one's own way is better than to go right in someone else's.” /Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
“The man who has a conscience suffers whilst acknowledging his sin. That is his punishment.” /Dostoevsky,Crime and Punishment
“When reason fails, the devil helps!” /Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
“Do you understand, sir, do you understand what it means when you have absolutely nowhere to turn?" Marmeladov’s question came suddenly into his mind "for every man must have somewhere to turn...” /Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
“I did not bow down to you, I bowed down to all the suffering of humanity.” /Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment
“It takes something more than intelligence to act intelligently.” /Dostoevsky, Crime and Punishment


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