150th Anniversary Edition
Praised by Tolstoy as an "incomparable artist", Chekov is considered one of the masters of the short story. This collection features twenty of his most noted stories, including The Confession, Ninotchka, and The Cure for Drinking.
Chekhov was a doctor before he was a writer, he knew how the human body worked, he knew the human mind, and he knew what external stimulus (the weather, the look in a person's eye, the placement of a strange object) ...more
These stories of misery have none of that, they are tales of the ignorant, of the emotionally stunted, who bumble into one stupidity after another, never realizing why or what it means. Is there a cert ...more
I picked up one of your books yesterday, having a hard time concentrating on anything else. The want to read was there, but nothing sounded good. And then I thought, Chekhov! We haven't read Chekhov in a bit. Two sentences into a randomly picked story I knew it was you, and I knew I would not put down the book until it was finished. And as ...more
Based on how others had raved, I sat down preparing to be completely blown away. (Some people just go crazy for Chekhov!) I made a fair-sized dent in the book and it just wasn't happening - sure, the stories were great and intelligently crafted, and "The Lady with the Little Dog" was v ...more
Read this story when I was about 15. It is true that I was total spaz (like I'm not now?). I started going ...more
I thought I would enjoy this book more than I actually did. A good amount
of these stories left me cold, baffled, or just not very satisfied.
There were a few I liked, especially "The Night Before Easter."
Novel or not, there's a lot to be learned from Chekhov's simple presentation of complex characters and his descriptive scenes. And some parts were very funny, even if the whole wasn't amazing.
My general impression of Chekhov is that he is a great artist; he is a master in every sense of the word.
Writing a good short story is a delicate art. Unlike the writer of a novel, the ...more
Chekhov isn't just an impressionist either. He definitely exc ...more
Karya-karya Anton Chekov yang sudah diterjemahk ...more
This volume published by Wordsworth Editions in their “Classics” category, collects on 188 pages 24 selected short stories. Their titles are, in order: Overseasoned, The Night Before ...more
I enjoyed reading the short stories, but at some point I started to want to read something that I had a plot strung together rather than these blips. I think it's the perfect read for someone who doesn't have much time, you can quickly read a short story before bed. I wish I had picked it up during the semester. But now that I have a bit more free time, I would prefer to read a lengthier piece.
Some personal favourites are The Orator, The Bet, The Lady with a Dog, The Black Monk and The Duel.
Needless to say, Anton Chekhov ranks with the true masters of the short story like James Joyce, Lu Hsun and Franz Kafka. These stories can seize you before you quite knew yourself engaged. They are told in such an unaffected, honest and natural way ...more
“A Boring story”
A story of a dying professor’s self analysis. Chekhov doesn’t waist words in any of his stories, but still the characters in this book are so vivid and realistic. In this story the professor spends his days thinking about his famous name, which doesn’t help him any more now that he is slowly dying. The author ...more
Vale a pena ler pelos finais incríveis e pela intuição que a tudo alcança e abarca. Pode-se constatar no conto "Children" sobre - nada, a não ser como voyeurs espionando crianças brincando sós - e o final maravilhoso onde nos revelamos como leitores no texto - e como pais.
Agatha - ? - a trama engenhosa conduzindo a mais um momento onde a própria visualização do conto em nossa memória embeleza o desfecho. Agatha entre dois ...more
Having finished this collection of stories, I can wholeheartedly concur. There's nothing especially earth-shattering or revelatory about these stories - for the most part, each one is about ordinary people living ordinary lives and having ordinary experiences. There's nothing very special going on wit ...more
Not only amazing, but all overt the place. He writes mysteries and comedies and love and tragedy. I liked "Whitebrow", a story told from the point of view of a wolf. ...more
"When I think back on m ...more