After trying and failing several times over the years, I have at long last succeeded in reading 'Crime and Punishment' by Fyodor Dostoyevsky. It was not what I expected. I envisioned scenes of a far more grim and depressing nature and language far less comprehensible, and I certainly didn't expect the happily-ever-after ending. I thought Raskolnikov would kill himself, or spend his life in dreary regret. This ending by falling in love thing was not at all looked for by me. And I'm not sure what it all means. The murderer with delusions of grandeur gets to atone, but not the thwarted rapist.??? Hmm... Dostoyevsky was a strange chap, although I guess narrowly escaping death by firing squad will do that to you.
I considered starting another Dostoyevsky work, but have opted instead for some more serious reading in the form of 'Right Ho, Jeeves' by P.G. Wodehouse, a perennial favorite of mine. I have recently discovered Project Gutenberg, and so have been reading these books on my phone. Who needs a Kindle? Hah! If you wish to utilize this fabulous free catalogue of online books, visit http://www.gutenberg.org/.
Wasn't it lovely in my garden today?