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Translated by CONSTANCE GARNETT.
Paperback, 300 pages
Published September 1st 1984 by Ecco Press (first published 1888)
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Jonathan

I must confess that I hold a deep dislike of Chekhov. Why is this? It is because of his sheer brilliance. The way he writes a short story is effortless and beautiful regardless of translation (I've read a few of the same stories from different translators and they all capture the story elegantly).

It is a dislike that stems from earlier in the year of 2012. In my literature class I was forced to attempt to adopt a Chekhovian style of writing to create an imaginative piece. I quickly found that hi
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Amy
I actually would give this a 4.5...I really don't know what to say about Chekhov that hasn't been said before. He is obviously a master at the short story. His stories in this volume are mainly about normal almost mundane lives of the upper class. Affairs, courting, marriages, having bad dreams, growing up, etc. I appreciate that Chekhov can make such normal situations compelling to read and he doesn't have neat tidy endings or judge his characters one way or another. The only thing that's preve ...more
Emily
Incredibly simple and at the same time it said so much to me. How the characters change each other, how difficult it is to fall in love and to pursue's one's heart desires. Anyway, I just loved it and will surely read more stuff by the author. It probably helped that I was reading it in a beautifully illustrated Spanish edition that just came out this year by Nórdica Libros. Loved it.
n* Dalal
There are moments, when reading this book, where I couldn't even notice how influential Chekhov's style of short story writing has been. These short stories just feel like short stories; it's easy to forget that these are among the first short stories as we know them... The snippets in time, the minimal plots.

They're beautiful character sketches, and Chekhov's techniques on sentence length are disarming.

I'm looking forward to reading these stories again.
M.
After finishing this collection, I realised I've been reading it, on and off, for almost a year in between other readings. I also realised I read the book in all formats; paperback for few weeks until I had to return it to the library, ebook on computer, kindle edition on tablet, and on mobile. It accompanied me in different countries, seasons, and moods. I managed to enjoy these Russian tales over the weeks and months, and it was generally an entertaining as well as thought-provoking read overa ...more
Jrobertus
Chekhov is a world renowned play write and short story author. His skills are obvious in this compilation. Garnett is a well regarded translator and I hope we are seeing the master at his best here. Chekhov was a physician and a member of the upper class. Most of his stories focus on this group near the end of the 19th centruy. Many elite intellectuals were closet revolutionaries and the conflict between their privileged lives and those of the proletariat around them were clearly the source of m ...more
ArEzO.... Es
داستان بسيار كوتاه و بسيار شيرين يك عشق
كه تا به آخرش
نامش عشق نيست
Amanda L
Anton Chekhov writes some great short stories.
Catherine  Mustread
Chekhov is a master of the short story and I thoroughly enjoyed the DailyLit.Comversion* of this classic which contained nine stories, the best known being the title story but my favorites being the two shortest, The Head of the Family about a man who alternates between being tyrannical and guilty and The Husband which has a great example of Chekhov's pithy character descriptions:"Among the husbands was Shalikov, the tax-collector--a narrow, spiteful soul, given to drink, with a big, closely cro ...more
Matthew
i haven't read Chekhov in a while, so perhaps I have forgotten the impression of his stories, but this short story collection feels like Chekhov at some of his most brutal and precise. These are essentially portraits -- besides the eopnymous Lady With the Little Dog and the much longer An Anonymous Story, most are very short, but a few pages, with not much character development or just a simple plot -- and provide a sketch of various characters in their social settings. They are all depressing - ...more
Diane
What a surprisingly, insightful collection of literature by the one and only Anton Chekhov. It is absolutely mind-boggling how Chekhov was able to put so much emotion and so much psychology into such short pieces of literature. It seems so unrealistic that so much emotion can be packaged up into a neat little section of a couple of pages but the feeling that is left with the human reading it speaks volumes. Hell, some of his inspired critique is so much longer, drabber and drier than his intimat ...more
Mohnish
Sep 03, 2014 Mohnish marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Round belly, dark whiskers protruding to the north & south poles, a beard sticking up-to his waist, trying to light his pipe, this most conspicuous man, a philander, a hoodwink-er, a fugitive on the run from all that has been holding him tight, sucked by the swamp of claustrophobic propriety & morality, traveling on an east bound steamer. In pursuit of not happiness: that insatiable desire but liberation, but redemption, from his idleness.

The rain braked on the adjacent window, murk shr
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Rachel
This was a short story collection starting with possibly the worst short story EVER. I would have been very tempted to abandon the volume altogether if I weren't both determined to continue and in despair over dropping yet another book unfinished. Fortunately (for me) the stories get progressively better, but I'm still confused about the strategy of starting with the worst story. Or indeed including it at all - much less naming the volume after it.(view spoiler) ...more
David
Where other stories leave you feeling satisfied, these leave you puzzling over the point. They virtually cry out for a discussion group to examine the psychology of the characters. I found them more mentally intriguing than enjoyable -- and somewhat addicting. It is as if you ask, 'Why is it that Russians are so troubled and complex?' and the author answers by telling these stories.

In reply to an objection that he had once written about horse-thieves without condemning them, Chekhov once said re
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Maya Rock
[SPOILERS] Excruciating and tender. Thank God "The Lady with the Dog" was in it, because everything else was a downer. You almost wanted to make all the other characters read "The Lady with the Dog so that they could have some hope about life. Actually now that I think about it, there seemed to be slightly more of a moralizing edge to all these stories than the ones I've read in other collections, and that edge made them almost uplifting--like there was always some promise that there was a bette ...more
Lasharell Schwarzer
I read this book on the advice of Francine Prose, author of Reading Like a Writer. Anton Chekhov's The Lady with the Dog was one of her many recommendations. Prose called Chekhov the best short story writer of all time.

I do not read short stories. I am not a (novel) snob turning my nose up at any papyrus published printout without its own cover and personal ISBN. No. Simply put I am an individual who never took the time to explore the world of short fiction. The same thought provoking and round
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Jennifer
I wasn't crazy about this collection of short stories, but the caveat I must add is that 1) I don't really like short stories and 2) the only other Russian fiction I have read was Anna Karenina (20 years ago). So I am probably not the best judge.

The first two stories in the collection ("Grief" and "Agafya") almost made me add this book to my did not finish pile. They were too short, too pointless, and not too subtle. They were everything I dislike about short fiction. However, the 'longer' shor
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Walter
Chejov posee un estilo propio, no apela a las situaciones excepcionales ni a las grandes actitudes, sino a situaciones cotidianas y mayormente sencillas pero llenas de profundidad, con toques de ironía y humorismo sin llegar a la comicidad.
Roshanak
این اولین داستانی بود که از چخوف خوندم
اصلا باهاش حال نکردم
از سبک داستان نویسی اش خوشم نیومد
آخر هر داستان کوتاه این سوال برام پیش میاد که :
خوب که چی ؟؟
هدف از این داستا ن چی بودو جوابی پیدا نمیکنم
Jazzy Lemon
A master collection of stories of sadness, at least one of them I found quite disturbing, but Chekhov paints such lovely pictures with his words that I had to give 5 out of 5.
Jo
Ok, I can now see why Chekhov is the favorite of so many literature professors. He creates a rich picture of Russia in the nineteenth century; the poverty, the summer trips to Yalta, the often unpronounceable names that have multiple variations. He creates some fascinating characters most of whom are thoroughly distasteful in one way or another apparently holding a very low opinion of Doctors and to a large degree - women.

In the introduction to this edition, David Magarshack writes that in cont
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Maryam Muhammadi
داستان سرگذشت ملال انگیز خیلی قشنگ بود
Nádia Batista
O último livro que li para a Maratona Literária de Fevereiro (apesar se não o ter acabado durante a maratona), A Dama do Cachorrinho e Outras Histórias estava há bastante tempo na minha lista de livros a ler, especialmente por ser de um dos maiores vultos da literatura russa que eu nunca tinha lido. As expectativas eram muito altas, a curiosidade imensa, e finalmente consegui ler algo deste autor.

Devo confessar que logo ao início fiquei profundamente desapontada. Não é que os contos fossem maus,
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Alexander Arsov
Anton Chekhov

The Lady with the Little Dog
and Other Stories, 1896-1904

Penguin Classics, Paperback, [2002].

8vo. xxxv+347 pp. Translation, Chronology [xxix-xxxiv], Publishing History and Notes [pp. 330-347] by Ronald Wilks. Introduction by Paul Debreczeny [vii-xxiv].

This edition first published, 2002.

Contents

Introduction
Further Reading
Chronology
Note on the Text
Patronymics

The House with the Mezzanine
Peasants
Man in a Case
Gooseberries
About Love
A Visit to Friends
Ionych
My Life
The Lady with the Little Do
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Pedro Caldas
É a segunda vez que leio esta seleção de contos de Tchekhov. Decidi relê-la um tanto por acaso. Ao ver na prateleira de uma videolocadora uma versão em DVD de uma adaptação cinematográfica de "A Dama do Cachorrinho", não contive minha curiosidade e aluguei o filme. É uma obra soviética, da década de 60, dirigida por um cineasta até então desconhecido para mim. E é bom o filme. Mas, antes de assisti-lo, decidi reler o conto, de cujo conteúdo não mais me recordava.

E, após lê-lo, renovei toda a min
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Bruce
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Kasper
Voor mijn opleiding heb ik eens Anton Tsjechovs beroemde Drie zusters moeten lezen. Ik vond het nogal monotoon en langdradig, maar begreep ook dat dat waarschijnlijk de bedoeling was. Het toneelstuk heeft een prozaïsch schijnrealisme dat bijna net zo saai moet zijn als de werkelijkheid, of juist saaier. Alhoewel, er kwam toch een flinke brand in voor.

Ik herinner me verder een geweerschot in de coulissen, dat ook nog mis blijkt te zijn, maar wacht, dat was natuurlijk Oom Wanja - het schiet me nu
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Jim
"Chekhov attracts a kind of sickening piety," writes the always acerbic Janet Malcolm in Reading Chekhov. "You utter the name 'Chekhov' and people arrange their features as if a baby deer had come into the room." I hope I'm not so cervine, but I probably am. I've been a desultory reader of Chekhov for decades, starting with the Constance Garnett translations, followed by the Pevear/Volokhonsky collection. Yet this recent Penguin Classic from Ronald Wilks is surprisingly fresh, capturing the rich ...more
Anne Nikoline
Nov 15, 2012 Anne Nikoline rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Chekhov
Recommended to Anne Nikoline by: fans of Chekhov
I did not read all of the stories in The Lady With the Little Dog and Other Stories, 1896-1904 by Anton Chekhov because this copy has different stories in it than the copy I own. I chose this copy, however, because I could not find one for my very old, Danish one, and this version came very close to my own.

This first paper I ever wrote in the university was about Chekhov's The Student, and by that time I had not yet had the chance to read any of this stories. As I wrote the paper, I fell for th
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Elisabeth
I'd once read Chekhov's "An Upheaval" in an anthology of great short stories and thought it was good, so one day when I was in a mood to sample something from the classics, I downloaded this collection for free on my Kindle. The first story seemed interesting to start off with, but by the ending I felt nothing at all had been accomplished except perhaps leaving the characters even more miserable than when they started out. My experience with the rest of the book mainly mirrored this one. I didn' ...more
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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (Russian: Антон Павлович Чехов) (Arabic: أنطون تشيخوف) 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 m
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“He had two lives: one, open, seen and known by all who cared to know, full of relative truth and of relative falsehood, exactly like the lives of his friends and acquaintances; and another life running its course in secret. And through some strange, perhaps accidental, conjunction of circumstances, everything that was essential, of interest and of value to him, everything in which he was sincere and did not deceive himself, everything that made the kernel of his life, was hidden from other people.” 42 likes
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