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The Lady with the Little Dog

(Vientos del Pueblo)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  4,683 ratings  ·  274 reviews
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Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) may have suffered an untimely death, but he squeezed the most out of his 44 years of life. Chekhov was a Russian physician, dramatist and author who is considered to be one of the greatest writers in history, particularly in the genre of short stories.

Chekhov’s major innovation near the end of the 19th centu
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Published November 1st 2011 by Charles River Editors (first published 1899)
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Jun 10, 2015 rated it liked it
Same old. Same old. A well-off man twice the age of a pretty blonde young woman, fancies her and playing on her loneliness as she is far from home without any companion but her dog, he becomes her friend until he can get her into bed. Both of them are married.

She worries that he doesn't respect her. She's right, he doesn't. He doesn't respect women at all but the company of men bores him. She lies to her husband so she can travel to meet him. He probably gives some excuse or other to his wife a
Nov 01, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Experience often repeated, truly bitter experience, had taught him long ago that—every intimacy, which at first so agreeably diversifies life and appears light and charming adventure, inevitably grows into a regular problem of extreme intricacy, and in the long run the situation becomes unbearable. But at every fresh meeting with an interesting woman this experience seemed to slip out of his memory, and he was eager for life, and everything seemed simple and amusing."

If you like Chekhov's rea
Jan 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
My goodness, this was a crisp short story! More than that, for the type of character the man was, I thought I would love to hate him, being a philanderer and a generally nasty sort when it comes to women... what we have here is one of the best-written examples of Redemption Through Love.

You know the story. It's EVERYWHERE in the romance market. But this short story is probably the crispest and crispiest I've ever read... by an undisputed master of the form. :)

Well worth reading. :)
Sep 14, 2011 rated it really liked it
The Lady with the Pet Dog

Written by: Anton Chekhov

Translated By: Avrahm Yarmolinsky

The story is often translated “The Lady with the Little Dog.”

The Lady with the Pet Dog


Dmitry Dmitrich Gurov
Anna Segeyevna (Lady)

Gurov is almost forty (40) years old and from Moscow. He is married and work s for a bank in his native city. He studied languages and literature at his university, years ago. Gurov is visiting Yalta, a resort city on the Black Sea. He normally takes in the sights of the pro
Anca-Daniela Spataru
3,5 stars
Such a beautiful, sensitively-written story. It touches my heart.
Ivana Books Are Magic
Jul 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I would have to agree with Nabokov in that this is one of the greatest short stories ever written. The Lady With the Dog breaks all the rules of short story form, but breaks them wonderfully. There is no plot in this story, is there? No resolution at the end. A simple narrative of two characters falling in love despite the best of their efforts. In many ways, The Lady with the Dog feels like a novel. The principal characters are as beautifully complex as the most successfully portrayed protagon ...more

What's that you say? Too harsh?


Mostly harmless.

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Apr 23, 2009 rated it it was ok
Well, I decided to read this after seeing 'The Reader' - and now I can say I've read Chekhov....
May 07, 2013 rated it really liked it
With Chekhov forget about the complex plots and the outward excitement and CONCENTRATE on the apparent trivialities of the daily life of ordinary Russian people, just like you and me.

Probing below the surface, Chekhov lays bare the character's inner structure and their secret motives. Fair enough that he compensates the lack of action with an internal drama!

The story overshadows an adulterous affair between Dmitri Gurov (a creature of contradictions) An attractive man, near forty from the upper
Sep 02, 2011 rated it liked it
I'm not a huge fan of short stories, especially short classic stories about selfish pricks. Gurov is a nearly forty something year old man with children and an apparently bad marriage with a woman he can't stand. But on a two week vacation of some kind he meets "The Lady with the Dog" and become acquainted with her resulting in an affair that seems only for his entertainment because of how bored he is of his life. I couldn't believe how completely selfish and greedy this guy was, it was sickenin ...more
Nov 13, 2019 rated it liked it
"it seemed to them that fate itself had meant them for one another, and they could not understand why he had a wife and
she a husband; and it was as though they were a pair of birds of passage, caught and forced to live in different cages. They forgave each other for what they were
ashamed of in their past, they forgave everything in the present, and felt that this love of theirs had changed them both."
Carolina Morales
Jan 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Lady with the Little Dog & Other Stories is the most known work of Anton Chekhov when it comes to tales and short novels (The Cherry Orchad is his most known piece among the Plays), worldwide. Nevertheless, there are few people who would recognise the beggining of this masterpiece simply because it has been translated from French to many foreign languages, and each of them made an impressive alteration to the classic "People were telling one another that a newcomer had been seen on the prome ...more
Mar 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: shortstories
"Anna Sergeyevna and he loved each other like people very close and akin, like husband and wife, like tender friends; it seemed to them that fate itself had meant them for one another, and they could not understand why he had a wife and she a husband; and it was as though they were a pair of birds of passage, caught and forced to live in different cages. They forgave each other for what they were ashamed of in their past, they forgave everything in the present, and felt that this love of theirs ...more
Indrani Sen
Apr 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: russia
Beautiful story. Scenes and dialogues - a masterclass of its own. To top it all, the breathless pace.
Golshan Tabatabaie
The reality hit me so bad, it still hurts.
B. P. Rinehart
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I first read this story years ago as a part of The Portable Chekhov and decided to read this story again on its own. This story looks on it's surface like another "forbidden-love" story, but its power is in how it breaks down this situation. A man who is becoming middle-aged and has to decide whether he is going to be a cold-hearted playboy or decide to let someone in his heart finally. A woman (with a dog) is in one of those typical 19th century loveless marriages t
Jan 28, 2018 rated it really liked it
"Useless pursuits and conversations always about the same things absorb the better part of one's time, the better part of one's strength."

Chekhov writes such interesting, complex characters, who develop and change, who have moments of epiphany. Along with that, he has a way of writing that compels the reader to go on, ask questions and speculate.

I did not like Gurov at the beginning; I did not know what to think of him by the end.
Herbst lied
Jul 13, 2012 rated it it was amazing
The story is available here:

There are specific choices of words said by the major character that filled me with wonder. What depth of vision; vision of a person that differs so much from the writer's.
How could the author develop such a vast spirit that could contain real characters and dive into such depths.
Jul 20, 2017 rated it liked it
I rated 3 stars just because of the author. I understand what he wanted us to feel. But, for me, this just isn't right. I can't feel the romance. No. I can't find anything romantic in this AT All. I didn't have pity on her, too. What the hell??!! She is married. And he is married. They..... they...... uggh.....
The story is beautiful but.....
You guys might understand why......
K. Anna Kraft
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was ok
I've arranged my thoughts on this short story into a haiku:

"This late-coming love,
May be coy volture's instincts,
For the sad and weak."
Ericka Clouther
There are many bits of truth in this story and lots of good sentences, but to my experience, this story seems to misunderstand real love.
Adam Floridia
Oct 10, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I don't think I have ever read any Chekhov, and it's been a while since I've gotten into Russian literature. Wow is this some good prose: it makes the mundane beautiful and constantly surprises with the infusion of subtle humor.

The story is a short tale of immorality and adultery. The protagonist really has no admirable characteristics. Yet somehow despite both of these things, this moved me deeply. Perhaps it is because it is a tale of two flawed humans with a flaw that is so human: wanting mo
Sep 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Spoilers ahead!

Dmitry Dmitrich Gurov is a fourty two years old married man who lives in Moscow and works in a bank. He visits Yalta for some time off, on one of his promonades, he spots a young blond lady named Anna Segeyevna walking her small white Pomeranian.
Gurov is attracted to Anna and decides to get to know her.

PS: 1- Gurov thinks low of women, they're an inferior race.
2- Gurov has a history of love affairs.
3- He can't live without the company of women, he's bored with men.

After asking a
Reread May, 2019
*Read for class.

I don't like cheating stories and I didn't like the main male character. But it was alright overall.

First read January, 2017

They say it's a story about your last love, not your first one. And I guess that's true. Really enjoyed this short story, it left an interesting feeling afterwards. Like I've lived through it, or like it was a dream. Glad to start my reading year with such a book.
Sep 11, 2012 rated it really liked it
I loved the cleanness of this, much like Hemmingway, in a way, or at least Hemmingway was a somewhat like Chekhov. It is beautiful in the sparsity of words needed to paint the surroundings, the emotions and the motivations of the characters while still drawing you into the world of Gurov and Anna. It is short and sweet and I loved it.
Luan Morina
Jul 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
liked it... quite a lot... it has a purpose and a clear way of describing the story... not the best of Chekhov, but quite beautifully written
Eleni Antoniou
Aug 28, 2019 rated it liked it
I would not consider this one as one of his best works. Still the agony and the passion, the deception and love found in people showing how vulnerable and strong they can be at the same time is beautifully depicted through this little story of a couple of married people secretly seeing each other, finding happiness and trying to keep it.
Is happiness possible, I doubt it, only short interludes of pleasurable misery.
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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (Russian: Антон Павлович Чехов ) 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," Chekh

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