Between the Lines Book Club: Crime and Punishment

between the lines book club logoWe are closing out summer with a studious book: Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. Want to discuss? Leave comments below or join us at Arden Dimick Library in Sacramento at 10:20AM on August 22!

The hardest thing about Crime and Punishment is keeping track of the characters.  Here’s some help in the form of lots and lots of links!

General study guides:

For a general study guide, I recommend  There are plenty of free study guides online but I’m fond of the way Schmoop is organized and their irreverent sense of humor.  Here’s a little backstory they provide, just because I wasn’t feeling unproductive enough:

He had borrowed money from a fellow named Stellovsky, in exchange for writing a novel. If he didn’t give Stellovsky this other book by November 1, 1866, Stellovsky would own the rights to all of Dostoevsky’s work for the next ten years! So Dostoevsky set out to do the impossible – write two novels at the same time, one in the morning, one at night. He was terribly depressed about it, but he did it. He handed Stellovsky The Gambler right on schedule, and Russian Messenger got what you see before you, except in Russian.

I’m also not ashamed to say that I always start with wikipedia, and their page on Crime and Punishment is excellent. So check it out.

Confused about how to pronounce names? Here’s a handy video from youtube:

Characters: who are these people?

This is cool but spoilery: Cliff Notes has character maps that show how every character relates to every other character! It should go without saying that Cliff Notes is also a great general study guide.

For a nice, basic chart that shows all the nicknames with no spoilers, Spring Grove Area School District has your covered with this simple but incredibly helpful list which I am printing out right this second. It’s just the names and nicknames, no spoilers, nice and simple.