I am nearly done re-reading this book for the first time since AP English 10 years ago. For high school English, reading Raskolnikov's story was an interesting, if slightly difficult, task, and not much more. For the here and now, it is a pleasure. If you've the desire to read up on the highly cliched and much-maligned 'human condition,' read this after New Year's. I especially recommend this to fellow travelers who also read it but grasped little in high school.