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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860-1904) was a Russian short story writer and a playwright. His playwriting career produced four classics, while his best short stories are held in high esteem by writers and critics. Chekhov practiced as a doctor throughout most of his literary career: "Medicine is my lawful wife, " he once said, "and literature is my mistress." Chekhov ...more
Paperback, 212 pages
Published January 18th 2008 by Dodo Press (first published 1898)
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Celeste Corrêa
A MINHA MULHER de Anton Tchekov (1860-1904)

“O mundo é belo; só uma coisa é má: nós”
Anton Tchekov

Um conto passado na Rússia profunda e rural do século XIX, onde predominam problemas e conflitos.
Uma reflexão sobre a maneira de combater a situação dos pobres camponeses , vítimas da fome agravada por uma epidemia geral de tifo.
Pavel Anndreievitch, homem muito rico, é informado através de uma carta anónima da situação por alguém que diz conhecer os seus sentimentos humanitários e esperar o seu auxíli
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Luís C.
Preface

In this little book, based on a serious hunger spreading in a village of peasants in Russia, Chekhov addresses a failed marriage, its causes and effects.
Pavel Andreievich, a senior Russian official retired, knowing from this crisis near the area where they live, decides to take charge to help these poor peasants. For that attempts to create a kind of commission between the rich and powerful of the area to solve this problem.


When he begins to coordinate the actions, he discovers that his w
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Elizabeth (Alaska)
This has been on my Currently Reading shelf for 6 weeks, but, trust me, that isn’t because I didn’t care for it. I read a story (or two) and then read a novel, and then read a story, and then read a novel.

Chekhov is full of irony, but not twist endings. The stories are largely characterizations devoid of action. Each choice we make in life has a cost. In A Dreary Story, perhaps the longest of the stories, a man has worked hard in his profession and become quite respected in the larger world. But
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Natacha Martins
Oct 19, 2014 Natacha Martins rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010
Bem, este foi mais que rápido a ser lido. Outra coisa não seria de esperar, dado o reduzido número de páginas que o compõem. Primeiro livro de Anton Tchekov que leio e posso dizer que não fugiu ao que eu estava à espera: escrita, história e personagens típicas da literatura, russa e não só, do século XIX. Eu até gosto desta época literária, mas este livro é tão pequenino que soube-me a pouco.

Pavel Anndreievitch vive na sua casa de campo, com Natália Gavrilovna, sua mulher. Cada um vive numa part
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Anita Kelley Harris
May 22, 2010 Anita Kelley Harris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like classics, short stories and/or Russian literature
Recommended to Anita by: Francine Prose in Reading Like a Writer
I have been wanting to start reading Chekhov' short stories for quite some time. I was finally prompted to start when Francine Prose, in her excellent book "Reading Like a Writer," said that Chekhov's short stories were her favorite and that all aspiring writers should read them. She talked a lot about his stories, especially about their well-crafted language, character descriptions, and how they broke common rules.

Maybe my expectations were too high, but I was a little disappointed. I do admire
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Madhulika Liddle
May 28, 2016 Madhulika Liddle rated it liked it
Translated by Constance Garnett, this collection by Anton Chekhov consists of nine stories: The Wife, Difficult People, The Grasshopper, A Dreary Story, The Privy Councillor, The Man in a Case, Gooseberries, About Love and The Lottery Ticket. In one, a dying man—much esteemed, much feted—dwells on his life and tries to make sense of both the past and whatever future is left to him. In another, a beautiful and vivacious woman marries a quiet, sedate man with whom she is happy for a while, until a ...more
Nelleke
Some good stories
Seamus Thompson
Jan 28, 2012 Seamus Thompson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I've been slowly working my way through the thirteen volume Tales of Chekhov I exchanged for store credit when I worked as a used bookstore clerk. Some years I read one or two volumes, other years I revisit favorite stories. This is volume 5 and, yet again, I find myself in awe as an aspiring writer and, as a reader, deeply moved by these insightful summations of people in a variety of situations.

A observations about the stories in this volume: the title story (more of a novella, really) is fasc
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Sara
Oct 30, 2012 Sara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, owned-books, 3-stars
Não fazia intensão de ler este livro pois a história principal não me chamou à atenção, até o encontrar a 1 na Book.it ... e lhe dar uma chance.

A minha mulher
Tchekhov escreve muito bem mas esta narrativa não me conquistou. No início é muito lenta, e de um momento para o outro chegamos ao fim, sem percebermos bem a intensão da história. O tema central da história também não me cativou, mas penso que poderá dizer algo mais a outros leitores.
Pontuação: 3/5

Um Caso Médico
O mesmo aconteceu com este co
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Joana Vaz Teixeira
Polvilhado de um certo humor negro!!! E muito desalento... Desalento pela vida e uma falta de interesse que se revela a salvação, ou será apenas a sobrevivência? Vão lá descobrir, é pequenino e lê-se de uma assentada....
Anisha Singh
Mar 30, 2016 Anisha Singh rated it it was amazing
My first ever book by Chekov. The stories are simple and talk about simple people, their struggles and real emotions. There's no lofty ideal and no unnecessary romanticization, just the true feelings and situations of some real people.
Sundarraj Kaushik
A book one should read if one wishes to understand the Russian society during the times of Anton Chekov's era.

Don't expect anything special in the stories. Most of it reflects how males ruled roost, possibly still do, in Russia.
Gema
Mar 04, 2013 Gema rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mais um escritor russo nesta colecção que estou a ler, desta vez Anton Tchekov. O livro conta-nos a história de um homem casado e a relação deste com a sua mulher. Uma relação fria, uma relação practicamente inexistente, devido ao feitio de ambos. De certa forma o livro até foi bom e gostei dele.
Matthew
Mar 06, 2012 Matthew rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction
Really liked Chekhov's ability to psychologically sketch a character using dialogue. The Wife was the only 'happy'-ish ending though -- in the sense that the protagonist comes to recognise himself and change -- the other stories are without fail depressing.
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Stories Included:

The Wife
Difficult People
The Grasshopper
A Dreary Story
The Privy Councillor
The Man In Case
Gooseberries
About Love
The Lottery Ticket
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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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“Any one who has lived in the country in winter and knows those long dreary, still evenings when even the dogs are too bored to bark and even the clocks seem weary of ticking, and any one who on such evenings has been troubled by awakening conscience and has moved restlessly about, trying now to smother his conscience, now to interpret it, will understand the distraction and the pleasure my wife's voice gave me as it sounded in the snug little room, telling me I was a bad man.” 1 likes
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