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Three Years by Anton Chekhov
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Jul 13, 09

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This one has a typical Chekhovian outlook. Alexei Laptev is captivated by a beautiful young woman in his neighborhood, and he asks her to marry him. She has little interest in Alexei, but agrees to marry him because it would be silly not to. He is rich, after all. Their first few years of marriage are filled with regret, ennui, and tragedy, as Alexei loses a sister, niece, and daughter. At the same time, Yulia Laptev finds herself unable to leave her husband and return to her former life in the country, as she is too caught up in the excitement of Moscow.

The two struggle through their marriage, trying to find ways to love each other while exciting things happen all around them. Despite the depressing body of the story, by the end there is a hopeful acceptance. Chekhov paints his characters beautifully, as well as the differences between country and city life. If nothing else, the story is very real, and, like life, has neither a happy nor tragic ending.
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