Book No 5-6 NEW Novels and Literature Section: Crime and Punishment Dotsoevsky

So far very grim, very smelly, very poor, very vivid, very psychological, very intelligent giving rightful ground to the intellectual so beloved of our Family.

Raskolnikoff is in a real crisis having murdered the two ladies the Pawner and her daughter with an axe, whose behaviour is concerning his friends and family to the extent that the old bill are on his case. The people are poor, alcoholism is rampant. One reason for having extra interest in this book is the fact that we have an Alcoholic on the ‘campus’. This book is still a work in progress so this are just my first impressions. I am on page 244 book size is 435 pages long. This is not quite young drunken Brits in search of a good laugh; more the endless drudgery of poverty with the drinking dens and the smell of crime not afar off. The World is sordid, landlord driven, ROOMS not flats, (thank the LORD that I have a Flat which is preferable for a down at heel environment that is thankfully serviced by two adjacent Supermarkets Tesco and Asda in all their wonder and Waitrose with any luck on the cusp of the Ipswich Road ( I will go online for deliveries as their vegetables keep better than Tesco). No such riches here, even though the Supermarkets exploit their customers. Everything is small scale, mean, shabby, dirty. Suicide figures in the failed suicide of a young lady who is rescued who tries to jump off a bridge. Thus far a gripping and vivid read and well worth the overdue inclusion of him and his Ilk in my voluminous Reading List too overweighted by serious and heavy Philosophy which is hardly light material.

Dramatis Personae and Situations

Murdered lady and daughter


Poverty grinding poverty, ROOMS, landlords and ladies, rented sector (this is the stuff of personal nightmares never mind Raskolnikoffs)

Donations Subscriptions Charity no State System here but the Government is putting public sector jobs to CHARITIES meaning a return to Victorian era of charity handouts and benevolent Benefactors.

Scaffold unfortunately this primitive mode of ending a man’s life.


Condemned man not known but you can imagine the horrors of the Russian system of Justice.


Rich man Svidialogoff who gives out financial gifts then blows his brains out.

Magistrate Porpyrius mind games he’s got his man but he is not lettng on.

Accusations from stranger other, the Magistrate (subtle) and his concience.


Failed Suicide on a bridge which must have some attractions.


University Where is a Novel without the sheer importance of the University? This is just right, poor man ends up sabotaging? His University Career, he writes Article this could suggest Postgraduate although I don’t know what the Russian system is.(I have Cambodian University System to be aware of Friend aka Academic and polymath out there!)



Department of Laws


Psychology Subtle.

smoke filled dens

(economic and social deprivation)

‘needy’ Bible hated word


sick women

morbidity Short life spans Consumptive Women one of whom dies in Novel,.

length of life


social lif

street life




industrial? Early?

Documentary imaginary on of context of Dostoevsky’s novel?

ethnography** down to earth. Dostoevsky’s earthy grounded writing style reflects awful circumstances he himself had. (research methods for complete and utter beginners)

atmosphere claustrophobic, sweaty.

Touches of luxury. New silk gown, coffee and Madeira wine. The totally understandable desire of the Poor for top quality from Coffee to Gowns or Coffee Books, Clothes, Opportunities as in my case.

Dark, dusty, dirty a far cry from world of clean rich.

This is my first ever attempt at anything remotely literary. So at least in my notetaking I have a comprehensive picture in my mind which might need further editing, crafting, and maybe even a proper essay!! This above is just an exercise in Interaction no doubt if I knew literary criticism I could tackle it using various philosophers or shock horror I could subject it to my own.

All rights reserved don not nick for Coursework or Essay notes on above

BOOK NO SIX OF 2008 which is the same as an undergraduates; although I can’t believe Undergraduates could read so little.

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