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The Schoolmaster and Other Stories

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Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was a master of the short story. The son of a former serf in southern Russia, he attended Moscow University to study medicine, writing short stories for periodicals in order to support his family. What began as a necessity became a legitimate career in 1886 when he was asked to write in St. Petersburg for the Novoye Vremya (New Times), owned by mi ...more
Paperback, 302 pages
Published September 1st 1986 by Ecco Press (first published December 31st 1921)
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May 28, 2015 twrctdrv marked it as given-up-on  ·  review of another edition
My advice to you friends: never start a collection at volume 11, even if you like the author. There is a reason these stories were pushed to volume 11
Aug 25, 2016 Eirin rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016
The start of the collection was a bit boring and slow. It was okay, but not really terribly exciting. Around the midpoint the stories started getting more interesting however, and I was enjoying my reading. I liked "In the Coach-House" and "The Head Gardener's Story". My favourite was "The Bet", about a man who as a bet agrees to be locked up in solitary confinement for fifteen years. Then came the penultimate story, and I was simply annoyed.

"The Beauties": Such an in-depth exercise in the male
Jon Mountjoy
Dec 30, 2012 Jon Mountjoy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Twenty-one lovely short stories that (incidentally) paint a vivid picture of life in Russia. While I enjoyed the book and the stories, they lacked that something that would tip me over into wildly enthusiastic must-read territory.

They really are vivid - I feel I have a much better picture of, say, the Russian winter now; the coldness, the bitterness, the isolation - but also of some of the characters, like the eponymous schoolmistress.

However, I found many of the stories didn't deliver anything
Aug 29, 2009 Aaron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book had over 20 short stories. Checkov is your typical late 19th century author. His stories present a pessimistic portrayal of humanity, his characters are all self-centered and incapable of feeling any sympathy for the plights of others. The wealthy are especially selfish in his tales. The stories may have some wit or sarcasm, but I found most of them to be a little depressing.

I'm not saying that I didn't enjoy the stories. I think I did, or at least, I was amused by most of them. I thi
it is hard to describe Checkhov as drivel but these stories are memorable only in their dreariness. Dismal tales of dismal lives all similarly lacking a beginning, middle or end. They tell no moral (except maybe the last) and do not draw the reader in. Out of the book 2 were Ok "Misery" which was miserable but at least understandably so and the first class passenger which must have been there to inject a lighter note.

People keep telling me that short stories are excellent but hell i wish i could
I kept hearing good things about Chekhov's short stories, so I resolved that I would read some this year. I read three, and now I'm moving on. I blame the Russian reading group I joined my first summer in Portland. For years I'd read a big Russian novel every winter, and I liked them. Then I joined that reading group and there was a whole summer of relentless Russian literature. Now it seems like I'm done with it. Sorry, Chekhov! It's not you, it's me. Perhaps I will go to my grave without readi ...more
Ian Pindar
Nov 20, 2013 Ian Pindar rated it liked it
Unless you are being made to read Chekhov short stories as an act of revenge by a lecturer who was made to read it by their lecturer, avoid Chekhov's short stories - they are miserable, full of miserable self-centred characters that inhabit a miserable world.

Ian McEwan says you have to read the enjoyable books you love and the Masters - their are better books that show the lineage of literature than these short stories. Some Chekhov novels are obviously great. Point made!
Dec 03, 2012 Paul rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was largely unfamiliar with Chekov's work, but decided to read this on a whim, after seeing The Silence, an episode of the Twilight Zone inspired by Chekov's The Bet.

The stories within are deeply Russian, cold and even depressing. They're also quite engaging, and I often wished they went on for longer. I'd certainly recommend this as good chilly winter reading.
Aug 24, 2008 Richard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: so-glad-i-read
Now, THIS is a translation worth its salt--Constance Garnett reveals the kind of ragingly deep simplicity that I always admired Chekhov for--I may have to track down the entirety of this Ecco Press series.
Feb 25, 2016 Georgina rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beautifully evocative stories that take you to another world. Chekhov - what can one say? He is Chekhov. The Great.
Maria Ettlin
Interesting view into lifes of russian people from the old days.
Nov 14, 2015 Leah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Some stories I liked and some I didn't. It was my first time going through Chekhov and I enjoyed more than I thought I would.
Aug 27, 2012 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A good to very good mix of classic Russian short stories.
Karen Sweeney
I felt like something was lost in the translation or in cultural differences for many of the stories. However, some were very moving, especially the title story.
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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born in the small seaport of Taganrog, southern Russia, the son of a grocer. Chekhov's grandfather was a serf, who had bought his own freedom and that of his three sons in 1841. He also taught himself to read and write. Yevgenia Morozova, Chekhov's mother, was the daughter of a cloth merchant.

"When I think back on my childhood," Chekhov recalled, "it all seems quite glo
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