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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