Sitting in the light of the rising sun on my patio this morning, I finished Crime and Punishment. I have to say, I really enjoyed the novel and regret never having read it before.  The setting and characters are richly Russian but quite sympathetic and accessible even to those of us with little knowledge of the culture.  Dostoevsky elegantly uses one man’s madness, depths of depravity and conclusions as a microcosm of justified practices of societies and their leaders.

After finishing Crime and Punishment I was tempted to continue the Russian immersion,  turn right around and start Anna Karenina (also on my list), but I think I’ll save that one to revisit later.