|Crime and Punishment by Futago-Kawail |
on Deviant Art
Because Crime and Punishment, by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, has been forever ruined for me by Wikipedia. But to be honest, it's my fault.
One of my unofficial goals the past few year is reading at least one great classic a year. Last year I chose Crime and Punishment. I'd heard it was a story that would haunt you, a brave and terrifying journey into the mystery of the human nature. I've been wanting to read it for years but was a little daunted by it, too. I mean, with a title like that? I knew it wasn't going to be easy, but it would be oh, so worth it. Like Anna Karenina, oh my.
I struggled all year to read it. The beginning is very, very bleak. I won't go into details because the last thing I want to do is scare people off, because I still deeply believe this is a great book and very worth reading. But for me, personally, the beginning was just too bleak. So with 2013 nearing its end and me still only about 80 pages in, I knew I wouldn't be able to finish it.
So then I made a very grave mistake. I gave into temptation and read the Wikipedia summary of the plot. And then I cried. Because I realized what an AMAZING story this is (not to mention a stunning love story!!!), and I feel I robbed myself of the genuine discovery of it. And thus I try to blame Wikipedia for putting the full plot out there to spoil any unsuspecting soul who happens upon it, but in reality of course I can only blame myself for giving into the temptation.
Anybody have a recommendation for a classic for me to read this year? I promise I'll finish it this time around instead of letting Wikipedia spoil it for me!