Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky

Crime and Punishment

Penguin Classics

Fyodor Dostoyevsky with David McDuff (Translator)

fiction classics literary philosophy dark reflective slow-paced

718 pages | first published 1866

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Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read Raskolnikov, a destitute and desperate former student, wanders through the slums of St Petersburg and commits a random murder without remorse or regret. He imagines h...
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Moods

dark 90%
reflective 67%
tense 60%
challenging 56%
emotional 34%
sad 25%
mysterious 17%
hopeful 6%
funny 5%
inspiring 5%
adventurous 2%
informative 1%

Pace

slow 67%
medium 30%
fast 2%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 77% | A mix: 20% | Plot: 1%

Strong character development?

Yes: 75% | It's complicated: 19% | No: 4% | N/A: 0%

Loveable characters?

It's complicated: 47% | No: 37% | Yes: 14% | N/A: 0%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 68% | Yes: 14% | It's complicated: 10% | N/A: 6%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 97% | It's complicated: 1% | N/A: 1%

Average rating

3.98