Crime and Punishment (Fyodor Dostoyevsky)

On Thursday 4th March, 2010, World Book Day, we asked teachers to talk to their classes about their favourite books or books they are currently enjoying.   Ms McColl shared her thoughts with classes about Dostoyevsky’s masterpiece ‘Crime and Punishment’:

‘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 himself to be a great man, a Napoleon: acting for a higher purpose beyond conventional moral law. But as he embarks on a dangerous game of cat and mouse with a suspicious police investigator, Raskolnikov is pursued by the growing voice of his conscience and finds the noose of his own guilt tightening around his neck. Only Sonya, a downtrodden prostitute, can offer the chance of redemption.’  Nielsen BookData

A fantastic story, wonderfully told, do set aside some time to read Russian favourites…

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Ms Hatton’s choice of book for World Book Day

On Thursday 4th March, 2010, World Book Day, we asked teachers to talk to their classes about their favourite books or books they are currently enjoying.   Ms Hatton is enjoying Anthony Trollope’s ‘Framley Parsonage’ at the moment:

‘Mark Robarts is a clergyman with ambitions beyond his small country parish of Framley. In a naive attempt to mix in influential circles, he agrees to guarantee a bill for a large sum of money for the disreputable local Member of Parliament, while being helped in his career in the Church by the same hand. But the unscrupulous politician reneges on his financial obligations, and Mark must face the consequences this debt may bring to his family. One of Trollope’s most enduringly popular novels since it appeared in 1860, Framley Parsonage is an evocative depiction of country life in nineteenth-century England, told with great compassion and acute insight into human nature.’ amazon.co.uk

Ms Hatton told us that, in her Year 7 class, her pupils talked about books they were currently reading as well and really enjoyed their lesson.