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Celebrity Chekhov by Ben Greenman
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Nov 09, 10

bookshelves: books-i-own, fiction, read-in-2010, short-stories
Read from November 08 to 09, 2010

For a book based entirely on a gimmick, Ben Greenman did a decent job of entertaining me. I don’t usually buy into these kind of books (Pride and Prejudice and Zombies & Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, anyone?), but I was looking for something quick and fun to read as I took a break from The Instructions. Having read a lot of Chekhov’s short stories, I was interested to see how he would mesh the “celebrity” into Chekhov’s writing. Some of the stories I thought worked really well, like Tall and Short (featuring Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie), A Transgression (David Letterman and his infidelity), with my two favorites being A Classical Student (Lindsay Lohan getting beaten? Sign me up!) and Death of a Red-headed Man. The rest of the stories were either just ok or downright bad and felt like Greenman just copied and pasted random famous peoples’ names into the tale. But overall, if you’re looking for a quick, mostly funny read, check this book out (from the library). Then get yourself a thick book of Chekhov’s short stories and watch the real master at work.
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Jill Try Pushkin's short stories and novelettes. They are wonderful!


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