Part 2, Ch 3

Fever time for Rodya. Raskolnikov descends into fever and is ill and out of it for four days or so. We get bits of remembering, people coming and going, and more detail as he gets more well. Major here is Razumizhin, the good guy friend from his student days. He seems like a Redeemer here…

Part 2, Ch. 1 and 2

So somehow things are moving along faster for me in the reading experience.  I spent a decent chunk of time on my porch trying to hang out outside and coax my escaped housecat home the past few days so maybe it was the sunshine? (The cat is back.) So Raskolnikov is home, post-murder. He checks…

Part 1, Ch 6 & 7

So this is the end of Part One. It’s also, finally, the Crime. At least in the literal sense. In Chapter 6 we get more of a sense that everything is falling into place for Raskolnikov to go through with killing Alyona. I’m interested in how all the coincidences (hearing exactly when Alyona would be…

Part 1 Chapter 5

Well, he didn’t make it to Razumikhin’s.  So, as is his custom apparently, he freaks out a little about “that” thing he’s been planning (attacking/killing Alyona) and seems really haunted by it, even though he hasn’t done it yet. He doesn’t even want to go home because it’s where all his evil plots have hatched. …

Part 1 Chapter 4

So Raskolnikov reacts to his mom’s letter and we are relieved that he is basically like “aw hell nah.” He catches all the subtle and not subtle messages that Dunya’s just sacrificing herself and decides he won’t let her. He gets the little nuances. And he remembers his sister’s strength of character and laments how…

Part 1 Ch. 2&3 

Everyone is broke and both debt and alcohol seem like the primary villains so far.  So in the first chapter we get the story of poor super sad Sonya who is turned to a life of prostitution by her super alcoholic dad and mean stepmother. Sonya reads as hyper angelic (reminding me a little of…

I1 (Part I, Chapter 1) Thoughts

Raskolnikov is debt-ridden. This is sort of relatable, when you get the image of him avoiding his landlady out of shame or whatever. But quickly he feels a little unhinged and dangerous to me. “That is an axiom… I wonder, what are people most afraid of? A new step, their own new word, that’s what…

Virginia Woolf raves about FD

 No such restraints were laid on Dostoevsky. It is all the same to him whether you are noble or simple, a tramp or a great lady. Whoever you are, you are the vessel of this perplexed liquid, this cloudy, yeasty, precious stuff, the soul. The soul is not restrained by barriers. It overflows, it floods,…

Dostoyevsky – Crime and Punishment

So last summer I finally read Dante’s Inferno after years of feeling like I should have already read it, but hadn’t. (Cue the English major guilt.) This summer I decided to try for a similar experience and after looking through some random “Best Novels Ever” lists I decided to try some Russian lit. In a…

Two Great C&P Links

Middlebury College: Crime and Punishment Summary and Study Guide by Prof. Thomas Beyer has a character list, and chapter-by-chapter help with the novel. The University of Virginia: Mapping St. Petersburg (by Julian Connolly) has an interactive digital map of important places in the novel

Mock Execution

Reading through the prefatory stuff last night (but skipping over bits that seemed too full of spoilers) I could seriously hardly believe the story of Dostoevsky’s (and his friends from the Petrashevsky circle) fate when they were imprisoned for planning to print and circulate revolutionary pamphlets: On December 22nd, they were marched out blindfolded to…