Re: Depressing Literature
It's strange but personally I've never seen Crime & Punishment as a depressing book. It's one of my favourite novels of all time, and in a sense, I see it as optimistic. Raskolinikov's descent into crime is marked by fever and confusion, his friends, R- in particular mark him out as a ferociously intellectual and previously good natured man. This comes over clearly from his past, it's gleaned in scenes with his family and hwo his old student friends treat him. You see what he 'was' before he sets out on a disastrous course, beset by obsessions and the unexplainable, indefinable quirks of the human psyche. Even the detective admires him, Porfiry Pet- ,we may see this as cynical game-playing in order to catch him, but I don't think so, and the Christian and redemptive aspects, the honest-prostitute character of Sonia, the comic characters throughout, yes --- the latter especially, reminds me that it is a very funny book. It's bursting with energy, humanity, soul, tortured characters, the great, the twisted and the moral, all set against the 'yellow' city of a teaming St Petersburg and its canals in a stinkingly hot and stultifying summer.
What more could you want, oh.... and it's a pretty good detective novel too!
Last edited by Hamlet; 20-Apr-2012 at 14:51.
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Myth of Sysyphus ~ by Albert Camus