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Selected Stories by Anton Chekhov
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Oct 03, 10

Chekhov is a master of a form of "objectivity" that is so imbued with both compassion and fury -- compassion for the underdog, the humble or inarticulate sufferer, and fury at general humanity, so nearsighted, self-centered, and brutal. I've just finished "Ward Six," a brilliant description of one person's descent into the "magic circle" of a mental ward, and all for nothing. Once his behavior has landed him into this circle, there is nothing he can do. An indictment of social structures, filled with empathy and humor, as well as sorrow.
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Thaisa Frank I love Ward Six, Harriet. Thank you for this review.

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