Crime and Punishment
by: Fyodor Dostoevsky

drawn by Lote N. Patterson -Good versus evil.

This book is one of the books on the longer side of the AP list; However, it's also more of the interesting ones and a good book to reference. Already I can think of one topic to relate it to that you will, depending on the teacher, use "Are people inherently evil?".

Synopsis (summary)

A young man who at first glance is just a crazy homeless man in rags talking to him self is actually intelligent and very hansom. Short on cash (and a few other factors) leads to him composing the perfect crime, killing a little old pawnbroker. Upon committing the murder a surprising twist happens that leaves him in more grief than happiness. Will he break down and confess his sins, or will he squander in silence living up in St. Petersburg with his family?

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" Fool she is and no mistake, just as I am." (29)

"The old woman glanced for a moment at the pledge, but at once started in the eyes of her uninvited visitor. She looked intently, maliciously and mistrustfully." (79)

Click to listen  to me read the quotes (side note, something happened when uploading and now Quotes is now Qoutes. sorry)


Russia at this time is not doing so good. Most are poor or make little money. The only people who do have a good life are mostly wealthy government works and there family. Down below is a Google Map view of current St. Petersburg.

Wikipedia - view of St. Petersburg

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