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The Schoolmaster and Other Stories

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  47 ratings  ·  3 reviews
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
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Jun 11, 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
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
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
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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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