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Old November 29th, 2011, 10:06 AM   #31

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While drinking (vodka) was more common in Russia than in some other places, I think you will find that much of the novel takes place in lower class neighborhoods. That is where drinking is the most common. Dostoevsky was an early realist--Crime & Punishhment was written in 1866. He has been described as a Romantic Realist, and I would say C&P is a good example of that where the details of day-to-day drudgery in life are abundant, yet characters are built up bigger than real life. Refer to this book:

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I started reading this book but for whatever reason it got sidetracked and now I'm reading other books. Hopefully I'll manage to get back to it.
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I read all Dostoevsky novels and this is my fourth favorite one after Brothers Karamazov, Notes from Underground and Humiliated and Insulted. Groundbreaking like all of his Novels

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