Ever-Changing Reflection

Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding... It is the bitter potion by which the physician within you heals your sick self. Therefore trust the physician, and drink his remedy in silence and tranquility.
~ Kahlil Gibran

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

It's Punishment Just to Read

Crime and PunishmentCrime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

My rating: 1 of 5 stars


I read less than 25% of this book, and I didn't care for it at all. I'm of the opinion that if a book cannot catch my interest in 100 pages, it probably won't in 500 pages. I really wanted to read every book on my 30-before-30 list, but I just can't make it through this one (so not like me to not finish a book).

What was the problem, you may be asking? Well, I'll sum it up for you. The main character (so it seems) commits a murder by page 100. I wasn't really sure why, however, usually when you read about a murder in a book, it's thrilling, suspenseful, intriguing. You're at the edge of your seat wondering what is going to happen to this criminal. Well, with a title like "Crime and Punishment," I'm pretty sure I know what happens to him.

Happy to return this ancient novel to the library stacks where it belongs and move on to my next literary delight. One that truly delights me.


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2 comments:

Accidentally Me said...

He confesses because the teenage prostitute that he is sort of in love with tells him to. Then he gets sentenced to prison in Siberia but eventually achieves moral and spiritual peace. Or something like that.

There, I saved you the trouble!

I also read War and Peace, and if you would like, can sum it up in a few sentences:-)

Ocean Dreams said...

Hmm, I always wondered how this would be. Good job for the effort of reading it.