Stuck for ideas of what to watch next? Browse our selection of genres and decades to find hidden movie gems or rediscover old time classics.
From thrilling page turners to beautiful novels, we present you books and authors similar to the ones you love. Enjoy our recommendations – from bookworms for bookworms.
If you share our passion for music, have a browse through our list of genres and discover unmissable artists and songs from the past 50 years. You’ll find a bit of old, a bit of new and a bit of something you probably have never heard of before.
Whatever type of game you’re looking for, you’ll surely find one that tickles your fancy here. Choose your next favourite from one of our wonderful articles and get playing!
Why am I to be pitied, you say? Yes! There’s nothing to pity me for! I ought to be crucified, crucified on a cross, not pitied!
‘Crime and Punishment’ is, more than a story, a study. It is a cold hearted, at times bleak, look at the nature of crimes that people are forced to commit and how they shape the future of society. It is the story of an unsuspecting, young and broke student in Moscow who commits a heinous crime for no apparent reason, and how the legal framework treats his case.
If you read this one at a young age, it will forever mould your thoughts. There’s a certain sense of calm disturbance that you feel while reading Dostoevsky, and this book is no different. It has a great plot, even greater depth of thought and a very clear understanding of what is meant to be conveyed.
For those who love cerebral reads, a book like ‘Crime and Punishment’ can be a lifelong fix.
Image Source: Book See
Everything resembles the truth, everything can happen to a man.
‘Dead Souls’ is perhaps the best known work in a grand catalogue of books written by Nikolai Gogol. Much like the author himself, the plot of ‘Dead Souls’ is strange, to say the least. The motive that Gogol bore while writing this was to expose the nature of petty crimes, and the middling characters of the Russian peasants and middle-class.
The protagonist, Chichikov, a conman at best, arrives in a sleepy Russian village to entice municipal officials and simpleton farmers with his plan to ‘buy dead souls’. Needless to say, what follows is an exercise in quirkiness that brutally exposes the futility of capital punishment.
Image Source: Amazon
Life is duty and obligation, therefore love, too, is a duty. It’s as if God sent it to me,’ she said, looking up at the sky, ‘and told me to love.
‘Oblomov’ may, for some readers, come as a distinctly loathsome book. The lazy life of aristocracy, coupled with the hard life of peasantry is bad enough to leave a bitter taste.
But the triumph for Goncharov lies in this very fact. He is known for his prose, while Dostoevsky for his ideas. So, it’s fascinating to read them one after another, just to see how two literary geniuses of bygone times fare against one another.
Image Source: Tumblr
You can knock on a deaf man’s door forever.
Kazantzakis doesn’t shy away from making it known that the plot is a mere excuse for him to justify his ramblings. But these ramblings are worth a read, because on their strange journey across Europe and Russia, a confused Greek scholar and his mysterious old companion named Zorba discuss pretty much everything under the sky: from the nature of thought to best funeral practices.
What connects ‘Zorba the Greek’ with ‘Crime and Punishment’ is their shared belief system of ‘imminent chaos’ and ‘anything and everything that can happen, will.’
The eponymous movie released in 1964 can be a pleasant follow up to the novel.
‘Crime and Punishment’, however influential and profound, is a structured read, and quite understandably so, as that was the norm back in the 19th century.
But fast forward a few decades, and we begin to see the structure of books being altered. In that sense, following books like ‘Crime and Punishment’ are a tad different from the ones that were mentioned till this point.
Image Source: Jeff Beaty
When do I see a photograph, when a reflection?
‘A Scanner Darkly’ is a chilling read. As far as dystopian novels go, this should rank right among the best. Written in 1977, the plot is set in near future, where drug use and everything that goes with it is a standard practice.
Bob Arctor, the protagonist, leads a dual existence as an undercover detective and the member of a junkie family. Soon enough, the lines blur and he finds himself questioning what right and wrong really are, and what crime and punishment really mean.
Image Source: Wikipedia
Someone must have slandered Josef K., for one morning, without having done anything truly wrong, he was arrested.
The quote presented above is how Kafka opens ‘The Trial’. The reason to save this selection for the last is that it bears so many similarities with ‘Crime and Punishment’ that we might as well count them as one.
Admitted by Kafka himself, ‘The Trial’ was much too strongly influenced by ‘Crime and Punishment’. It presents the story of a perfectly ordinary man, Josef K., who, one fine morning, is arrested for no reason whatsoever. The journey that he has to endure walks us through courtrooms, municipal offices, police stations and gullies of his own mind.
The nature of punishment is an issue that should concern each and every one of us, for the times are more chaotic than ever. To help you get a deeper insight into this, these books will be of immense assistance: ‘The Castle’, ‘Notes from the Underground’, ‘Darkness At Noon’.
All of your worthy comments and suggestions are most welcome. Post them below, and let us know what you would add or what you think of the recommendations.
Rate 5 movies and we'll find your next favorite one. For FREE.