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.
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
This guy is... Awesome, a master short story writer.
I fell in love with his stories almost every time.
His stories are so simple yet so powerful in impact that I have decided to write a review for each of his stories separately !
For now, three words for this collection...
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
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
The first few stories in this book (added date-wise) seemed incomprehensible and frivolous but as I went on the stories seemed to grow on me and the ...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
চেখফকে রীতিমত ডাকসাইটে মনে হচছে। কয়েকটা গলপ মনে হয় আবার পড়া লাগবে। এইটা মনে হওয়ার কারণ, ওলেঙকার গলপটা আগে একবার পড়ছিলাম, বাংলায়, মুজতবা আলীর একটা বইয়ে। বলেই ফেলি, তখন একেবারেই ভালো লাগে নাই। আজকে পড়তে গিয়ে দেখি ভালো লাগা ত ভালো লাগা, ঐ জিনিস মোটামুটি জেঁকে বসে ছিলো মাথায় গোটা বছর জুড়ে। যেইখানেই কলমের আঁচড়, সেইখানেই ওলেঙকা।
পরথম পড়াতেই বিশপ, ইয়োনিচ, নামভাঙা গলপ, একটি ঘটনামাতর, কুকুরসমেত নারী, ডাকিনী, এইগুলি অসাধারণ লাগছে। আচছা, একটু গোপন করা হয়ে য ...more
His stories are a reflection on the Russian society in the late nineteenth century; moral conflicts of individuals; ...more
Who knew that grey language could evoke so many emotions, transcend so many genres, and bite and rage and ironically smirk after so many years?? From horror stories like Sleepy and Ward No. 6 to the terror, humour and tedium of A Boring Story, the apparent celebration of madness in The Black Monk, the revelation of the sea, nay, the universe’s(!) ...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
Consider, At Christmas time. It's probably 5 pages long. It's about an old couple in a village, who haven't talked to their daughter since she moved to the city afte ...more
And so worth it writers and readers to remember this: “‘Who will read me, who will care?’ It does not help the work to be done, that work already completed is surrounded by silence and indifference—if it is published at all. Few books ever have the attention of a review—good or bad. Fewer stay longer than a few weeks on bookstore shelves, if they get there at all. … ‘Works of art’ (or at least books, stories, p ...more
A special mention to the f ...more
As others have pointed out, this collection nicely includes Chekhov's earlier, m ...more
Quiet and unassuming
Did I really spend the last three months reading his stories? Well actually I have been reading them for the last forty years. Not every month, but a few every year. And every new anthology in Dutch or English is an invitation to (re)read some of his stories.
For me Chekhov is perhaps the greatest of all play and short story writes. Why, well of course the modern cinematic approach of his plays, make that they are always shown somewhere around ...more
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"When I think back on my childhood," Chekhov recalled, "it all seems quite glo ...more