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    crime and punishment – the end

     “But here a new story begins: the story of a man’s gradual renewal and gradual rebirth, of his gradual crossing from one world to another, of his acquaintance with a new, as yet unknown reality…” Dostoyevsky, in “Crime and Punishment” That could be a subject for another tale — our present one has ended. And we finished reading CRIME AND PUNISHMENT. SPOILER ALERT. The burden of his crimes without a proper punishment became unbearable. A sudden realization that humanity wasn’t so bad and that he wanted to live a common life with common people led to his isolation in Siberia. But now he’s there to redeem himself, to learn about…

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    Let the punishment begin

    [SPOILER ALERT] Let the punishment begin. In his head first. He suffers among his confuse emotions. He’s paranoid, anxious, weak, delirious… At this point, Dostoyevsky is painting our man Raskolnikov as a weak figure balancing on a tightrope, hanging by a thread, struggling between remaining free and confessing his crimes. He’s getting lost in his abstract world, if he’s not already. He’s about to faint in front of reality and his struggle, while Dunya, his sister, facing life with strength, proves to be the real rational and practical member of the family. And we learn that Raskolnikov wrote an article, “On Crime”. He wrote and argued that certain men have…

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    Book Club – Crime and Punishment (1)

    “There wasn’t a moment to lose. He took the axe out entirely, lifted it up high with both hands, barely feeling a thing, and, almost effortlessly, almost mechanically, brought the butt down on her head.” Dostoyevsky, in CRIME AND PUNISHMENT If you’re reading this book with me, we read the seven chapters of Part One, and we finished three chapters of Part Two at the weekend. But I should alert the spoiler anyways. Here we go to the first #beardyread post of the year. So, it’s early July, exceptional heat, evening. We meet Raskolnikov, a young man who’s full of pride, he’s scornful, irritated with the heat and odor of…