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Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov
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Mar 03, 11

Read from February 02 to March 03, 2011

Generally stories move from a starting point, through some crisis, and return the hero(ine) to the starting point, but now changed by the experience. That doesn't happen in "Uncle Vanya." The situation at the end is largely the same as before. There has been some discovery. People have learned something of what others feel and think about them, and about their own feelings towards others, but that knowledge is not profound, nor is there any change brought about because of the new knowledge.
When reading Chekhov, I get the sense of a pool of water upon which there is a small amount of turbulence -- there are slight ripples on the surface, but the stillness returns. Some see this as a sign of despair, but I'm not sure I see it that way. Chekhov tells stories about those who lead quiet lives of desperation, but offers some comfort therein. Chekhov was trained as a doctor, and there is something of the doctor's patient eye looking on a patient.
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