May 22, Ron Samul rated it really liked it FInally finished Crime and Punishment and I was impressed by how modern and full of psychology this novel was.
The case has been knocking around for as long as novels have been published. There is supposed to be great literature on one side of the divide and grubby disreputable crime fiction on the other.
The usual suspects always get trotted out and displayed in the harsh light of the lineup. Did you commit pulp or literature, kid? Sometimes Agatha Christie and somebody like Dorothy Sayers gets dragged in for interrogation. And these days, maybe P. James or Ruth Rendell. But what if we turned the bright lights around, for once?
The answer, I think, is quite a few. So here are 10 blue-chip picks, meant to provoke arguments and alternate choices.
A good story is a good story. The duel between Raskolnikov and Porfiry, criminal and cop, echoes all over the fields of mysteries, thrillers, and suspense stories. But the more you read Dostoevsky, the more crime you see in his work.
Not surprising for an author who was put before a firing squad and spent some of his best years in prison. The Brothers Karamazov has those great trial scenes, and you can see a kind of proto-noir in The Gambler, The Double, and many of his other works.
But for me, the clear forerunner is Notes from Underground, with its seedy backdrop and the unstable, unreliable narrator who could step onto the streets of contemporary Chicago or Boston and commandeer a novel by Gillian Flynn or Dennis Lehane like he was hailing a cab on the street.
But when I first read her as a teenager, I thought she was a crime writer—and a sensational one. Her intention seems entirely the opposite, which is why I also took her to be a great punk writer when I encountered her. Her most famous character in her most famous story is The Misfit how punk is that?
Atonement by Ian McEwan McEwan is widely and deservedly acknowledged as one of the masters of modern literature. But many of his best books have a crime as its primary engine.
But in Atonement, his most famous and possibly greatest work, the crime is both more subtle and far more devastating. Beloved by Toni Morrison Like McEwan, a modern master but on this side of the Atlantic and decisively grander and less approachable.
Her greatness is undeniable, though I must confess I sometimes get lost in the hallucinatory thickets of her dense lyrical prose. Crime plays a role in several of her key works, though nowhere more plainly or poignantly than in Beloved.
But, obviously, the greater crime—and the one that looms behind much of American literature, including The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn—is the original sin and lasting national shame of slavery itself.
His deliberate, heavy-footed style, underpinned by studious research, marks him as a relic of another era.
Like those writers, he knows how to anchor an ambitious story about an individual and their society in the specifics of a crime story. An American Tragedy, the story of a young factory supervisor who kills his pregnant lover, is his greatest work.
But his shorter narratives, particularly, contain great crime stories that reverberate all over the cultural landscape. Then, I started reading Wharton, and the decision suddenly made perfect sense.
And her most hardboiled novel is House of Mirth.
Sticklers may point out that its protagonist, Lily Bart, never quite breaks the law in her desperate search to find money, respectability and, yes, love before time runs out on her.
But she skitters pretty damn close to the edge in dealing with her rising gambling debts, de facto prostitution, and deepening drug addiction.Apr 21, · Tonight at 7 p.m.
is our discussion of Crime and Punishment. I think there is plenty to talk about! Here are some discussion questions/ideas to get us started. Bring your own thoughts and favorite quotes as well to add to the discussion. Crime and Punishment is a highly unusual mystery novel: the most mystified character.
For this question, I have chosen to discuss the following three works of literature: Crime and Punishment, by Feodor Dostoevsky, Beloved, by Toni Morrison, and Utopia, by Sir Thomas More.
To begin with an omniscient and philosophical frame of reference, crime is only defined as crime by the society defining it. The Works of Fyodor Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment, The Brothers Karamazov, The Gambler and More (8 Books With Active Table of Contents) - Kindle edition by Fyodor Dostoevsky, Charles James Hogarth, Constance Garnett.
Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Use features like bookmarks, note taking and highlighting while reading The Works of Fyodor. What is more, we may point to the multitudinous literary displays of good and evil, from Dostoevsky’s Crime and Punishmentto Faulkner’s The Sound and the Fury.
Extending a personal connection to this intersection of literature and the notion of goodness, Morrison alluded to her own works. A Discussion on Crime Based on the Works of Dostoevsky, Morrison and More. 1, words. 2 pages. The Greatest Works of Dostoevsky: Crime and Punishment + The Brother's Karamazov + The Idiot + Notes from Underground + The Gambler + Demons (The Possessed / The Devils) - Kindle edition by Fyodor Dostoevsky.
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