Tuesday, December 02, 2008

Existential Read of the Week

Vague and objectless anxiety in the present, and the future a continual sacrifice leading to nothing - that was all that lay before him. What had he to live for? What had he to look forward to? Why should he strive? To live in order to exist?

- "Crime and Punishment", Fydor Dostoevsky

A truly remarkable read. It gripped me from the first page and I could hardly put it down. Largely a psychological tale taking place as inner dialog, the book explores everything from morality to guilt, with a very large dose of "why"?

With literary works like this, it makes you realize why Russians drink such large quantities of vodka. If you didn't get to it in college, definitely put it on your long-term reading list.

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