The writing is a bit dry at times (possibly due to the translation? I read Garnett's version, having failed to find a P/V version which I've seen rave reviews of), but the story absolutely shines. Dostoevsky intertwines psychology and philosophy to tell the tale of Raskolnikov, a poor student who commits a crime, believing himself to be above the law. Each character is finely crafted to represent a certain philosophical line of thought, giving the reader plenty to ponder. Dostoevsky isn't afraid to delve into the dark recesses of the human soul. The book is compelling, meditative and suspenseful, a very engrossing read.