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Crime, Sin, Punishment, Redemption, The Idiot, and Dostoyevsky

I admit that I feel aghast when the host assumes that the audience are on the same wave length, as he asks the invitee speaker: “What is the best book you select for an isolated island...?” And the invitee replies as if he perfectly comprehended the criteria of the host for the term “the best”.

Maybe part of my embarrassed position is that I have no idea what I would select from the thousands of books that I have read and loved…

There are books that I think are masterpieces in the issues they approached and covered, and there are wonderful books for the lightness they confront life and its complications.

How style, contents, types (tragedy, drama, humor, comical…), eye-witness accounts, well-researched topics…prioritized as constituting “best to re-read?”

Should we invariably have read the book? Is there any choice in selecting a work we have never read, but we always claimed that we will read before we die?

How many of you feel like re-reading books that you finished recently?

Do you care to re-read a book that you read decades ago and didn’t understand, but critics insist to say that it is worth reading and comprehending, unless you are vouched to damnation…?

I think around 1992-94, I have read many books, including many of Dostoevsky, like The idiot, Crime and Punishment, The brothers Karamazov...This recollection was generated as I watched the film on cables Crime and Punishment.

The movie had started and I figured out that it was on Crime and Punishment, and I didn’t try to finish it: The best part was amazing and the conversation strikingly simple and to the point.

This is a great movie that circumvent pages of description with pictures and a great cast of actors and drove the point through… I loved the incomplete movie more than the book. Crime and Punishment seemed pretty heavy and depressing at the time, and I missed or forgot the critical point of killing the innocent Elizabeth, the sister of the hated old lady.

I loved The Idiot best: From start to end I had this feeling that Dostoevsky was recounting hope in life, expecting that life is nice and the little harassment will be overcome… I sincerely was excited and happy to read The Idiot, though I don’t think I would re-read it when I have choices to many current books.

I loved the heroine Sonia, the prostitute, in love with (Arcadi? If I had in mind to write about this movie I would have taken notes on names…). Sonia promised Arcadi to follow him to the end of earth if he confesses his crime and is subjected to redemption, and she kept her promise venturing to Siberia to be close to her lover…

Donia, the sister of Arcadi, was not a heroine to me.  The employer of Donia was in love with her, but she had a nasty unrelenting hatred for her former employer and despised him.  The employer showed signs of changing and willingness to reform, but many workers would have been in better shape if the sister considered negotiating a deal.  The lover ended committing suicide instead…

Aracadi thought that he committed a crime killing the “blood-sucker” old lady, but worst, he believed that he committed sin by killing her innocent old  sister who happened to be in the premises.

The genius of Dostoyevsky is by inserting The Sin, saving the story, and giving a chance for Sonia to convince Arcadi to confess.  Otherwise, Arcadi would have never confessed and would have always thought that he was in the right of eliminating people for the “greater good”, thus becoming a terrorist, a violent “anarchist” of the period, a totalitarian ideologue, or a dictator, like his Hero Napoleon.

Would I care to re-read Crime and Punishment? Not a chance: and if I am to select movies, it won’t be this movie…

As for The brothers Karamazov, I think there are plenty of lectures in that novel, and I am in no mood to discuss religion and abstract concepts that cannot be demonstrated…

Guilt, shame, redemption, sin…

Why should all these feelings revolve around religious morals?

Must we restrict our emotional development by embracing religious dogma and value systems to make sense of any thing in life?

I would select a voluminous book, a comprehensive collection of short stories, and let my daydreaming take wings after I catch a fish and eat sushi flavored…




October 2021

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