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The Princess and Other Stories

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In these short stories, Chekhov poses his recurrent literary quandary: moralize, or simply entertain? The stories themselves offer no easy answers, but pinpoint the anguish, tedium, or downright evil of his characters with an irony that makes them both poignant and truthful.
Paperback, 235 pages
Published November 11th 1999 by Oxford University Press, USA (first published 1887)
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--The Steppe
--The Kiss
--The Name-day Party
--A Dreary Story
--The Duel

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Vit Babenco
Aug 05, 2016 Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“…and now the boy was sitting on the box beside the coachman Deniska, holding on to his elbow to keep from falling off, and dancing up and down like a kettle on the hob, with no notion where he was going or what he was going for. The rapid motion through the air blew out his red shirt like a balloon on his back and made his new hat with a peacock’s feather in it, like a coachman’s, keep slipping on to the back of his head. He felt himself an intensely unfortunate person, and had an inclination t ...more
Jul 14, 2013 Jim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russia, reread, faulkner
This is a review only of Anton Chekhov's long short story (or short novel) entitled The Steppe, which apparently is not published by itself. I had read it years ago, but felt like giving it another look. It is probably one of my favorite tales of childhood, and certainly my favorite Chekhov story: The story is seen from the point of view of a child in the provinces being taken from his home to attend a school in a larger provincial city. There is a simple beauty and innocence to this tale that t ...more
Arto Marashelian
the exact title of my book is (the steppe and early stories)but i couldn't find that version on goodreads.
there is about 40 short stories in this book, they are the first writings of chekhov in the weekly and monthly newspapers. at 1880 in the era of assassinating of alexander the cesar, there was restrictions on the media but chekhov has to write under those restrictions because it was his only way to provide money for him and his family so that circumstances made him write pointless stories an
This is just for the novella, The Steppe. I've only just had a taste of Chekhov's short stories, so this was different. It took me a while to adjust - everything lengthened and widened out - just like the Steppe itself, I suppose. And it was disconcerting. Here is a young boy, leaving home, travelling with a relative to begin school and life away from everything he knows. They meet an array of people and situations and weathers and settings, and the boy is somehow at a distance from all - even w ...more
Nov 20, 2008 Blaise rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review is only for The Steppe. I have not read the other stories yet. I enjoyed the author's command of language. His descriptions of the land, the weather, the time, and the place were superb. I felt like I was there on the plains (the steppe) with the characters. It reminded me of reading Willa Cather's My Antonia in that way. The story is very simple and that's where the novella fell short for me. The story really never goes anywhere which for me resulted in a complete lack of any kind o ...more
May 25, 2012 Noor rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
'The Steppe' is an example of a story that has no major incidents. It mentions the story of a small boy being taken to school in another city by his uncle and his uncle's friend.

I could not locate a 'peak' which the event ascend to. However, the way Checkhov describes the scenery of nature and the natural visuals that they encounter is just amazing.

And the way in which he describes the stillness and vastness of the steppe is just so relaxing and so soothing that it makes your hear beat gos s....
Nov 26, 2013 Katja rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Что тут комментировать, гениальный Чехов, гениальные повести и рассказы. Читать надо не рецензии, а самого Чехова. "Степь" -- ярчайшая повесть о Малороссии конца 19го века, прочитаешь и как будто сам побывал. Жаль, что не включена в школьную программу.
Apr 13, 2015 Samantha rated it it was amazing
Dramatic, concise, and thought provoking. These characters face dilemmas that we find in reality; they make the reader reflect on matters such as love, death, and existence. Excellent.
Sep 14, 2013 JacobCHR rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nice prose and interessting characters. Russian culture is so different from what i am used too, so this was a very interessting peak into the history of old mother Russia.
Sep 30, 2016 Lorna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Layevsky had decided not to tell her the pack of lies all at once" ("The Duel ", page 321)
Amanda Farough
Oct 14, 2009 Amanda Farough rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Chekhov's mastery of the human condition is phenomenal.
Andrew Corcut
Sep 10, 2015 Andrew Corcut rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Russian literature but had not got round to Chekhov until I read this book - what a treat.

Chekhov is not a grand or showy writer. If you read about his personal life, you will find that he was not particularly fond of being the centre of attention and his stories reflect that. His stories deal with the intimate aspects of human life in language that is clear and lucid. His stories are not about princes and counts, he is not writing short versions of War and Peace but trying to depict the
Aug 10, 2015 Tom rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A little slice of life from one of the great masters, I read the title story in the Oxford World's Classics translation by Ronald Hingley, and I just want to point out two outstanding passages: the description of the room at the Jews' house, though only a paragraph, was memorably conveyed and wickedly funny ("The room looked as if it would still have been dark even with a dozen lamps hanging in it."). The description of the storm will also stay in my mind for some time. The images of the lightn ...more
Aug 14, 2016 Russio rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The edition I have read if this is the Everyman Millennium Project version with The Steppe as its main story and then eight other shorter works, a few of which I had previously read, in it. It contains The Kiss, which is rather good ands have, along with the title story, is considered to be an advance on the others, which are early writings in the career of the prolific and prodigious talent. The Steppe itself is a road story, travelling a long way in the minds of its constantly growing cast of ...more
Jan 16, 2014 Sebastiano rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Reading great authors in translation is always frustrating; the authentic auctorial voice is lost, together with all potential delight one might have taken in the play of language itself. Stylists, of course, suffer more in translation than writers for whom the story or subtext is more important than the way the tale is told. Chekov was a stylist.

Still, something comes through, especially in his descriptions of nature. Some of the stories here are very good, particularly 'Easter Eve', 'The Kiss'
Mar 17, 2015 Myles rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
From The Steppe:

"Vasya also looked in the bucket. His eyes became unctuous, and his face became tender, as before, when he saw the fox. He took something out of the bucket, put it in his mouth, and began to chew. A crunching was heard.

'Brothers,' Styopka was astonished, 'Vasya's eating a live gudgeon! Pa!'

'It's not a gudgeon, it's a goby,' Vasya a replied calmly, continuing to chew.

He took the fish's tail from his mouth, looked at it tenderly, and put it back in his mouth. As he chewed and crun
Feb 02, 2016 Ben rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: russia
This rating is just for The Steppe. Although nothing groundbreaking, the vivid, dismally poignant imagery and the crisp, frank interplay between characters of different backgrounds (of failure) and perspectives (of failure) was enthralling. It played out to me as an appropriate sequel to the scenes in Anna Karenina in which Levin goes to work with the peasants in the wheat fields, scenes which may have been my favourite part of that wonderful work. Coupled together they give a more complete pict ...more
Aug 21, 2009 Camille rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-2009
It looks like goodreads doesn't have the exact edition that I read. I did read "The Steppe and Other Stories"... the Everyman's Library cloth edition. However, it didn't have the same stories that are listed in the description here. Mine had The Swedish Match, Easter Eve, Mire, On the Road, Verotchaka, Volodya, The Kiss, Sleepy, and The Steppe. It was translated by Constance Garnett.

Some of these stories I've read before, and some were new to me. This was the first time I have read The Steppe, a
Jan 24, 2012 Chiara rated it really liked it
This collection of stories includes a beautifully tragic tale, and one of my favorites, called Three Years. It's about a rich, older man who marries a kind, young girl he is wistful for. She accepts his proposal to get away from her father's house but tends to neglect her new husband who grows more and more self-conscious around the male attention she receives. After familial tragedies she grows to love and appreciate him. By then it's almost too late. Set in late 19c romantic Russian aristocrac ...more
Insignificant, I know, but my copy - in Romanian translation - has 500+ pages, so it probably contains different or at least more stories.
The Steppe is obviously the best known, the longest and the most acclaimed. I wasn't blown by it; I'm not much of a fan when it comes to describing landscapes, but I enjoyed its lyricism nevertheless.
I preferred A Nervous Breakdown for its implacability and fine portrayal of Vassilyev, plus many other short & funny ones.
Giovanni Luna
Tan variado como su clima y su pueblo; pasando por esos cálidos destellos de verano hasta la oscuridad total invernal; las situaciones de los personajes son de lo más variado, no así la locura y la miseria que se filtra por los entornos y nos deja ver la crueldad humana y sus situaciones enmarañadas, evidenciando las carencias de la cultura actual.
Anthony Gerrard
This was recommended to me but I didn't like it. OK, I get that it is supposed to be dark, brooding and depressing but it's not for me.
I only finished it because I don't like giving up, ever...
Perhaps if you are a bit of a depressive person who drinks whiskey late into the night and listens to The Smiths this would be right up your street.
Nov 07, 2012 Nuria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es innegable que Chéjov es un genio. El genio de la brevedad, la descripción fugaz al pintar ambientes, el genio de las muecas que nos dejan, al acabar el relato con una extraña sonrisa melancólica en la boca (efecto secundario del doble significado en sus narraciones).
Muy recomendable.
Ramón Ramírez
Apr 29, 2012 Ramón Ramírez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Le pongo cinco estrellas por "Una historia aburrida", de lo mejor que he leído en mucho tiempo.
Sep 13, 2015 Renee rated it really liked it
Abruptly dramatic short story endings mixed with a pinch of communistic idealism.
Oct 07, 2011 Kyoko rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, russia
Particularly liked 'A Fishy Affair'.
Oct 28, 2012 Nina1982 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Chekhov at his best! Brilliant!
Han Asra
Nov 09, 2014 Han Asra rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: travel, russian, classic
Rating for just The Steppe
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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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