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The Essential Tales of Chekhov by Anton Chekhov
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Feb 20, 2009

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In his introduction, Richard Ford says he read Chekhov when he was young, and didn't really understand or appreciate it. I don't know what he means by young, but I think I may have to wait a decade or so before tackling any Chekhov again. A couple of the stories ("Champagne," "The Lady With the Dog") were excellent, like really, really good. Obviously. It's Chekhov. But the remainder of the stories I found exceedingly subtle and so anti-epiphany that I remained pretty bored throughout the collection. I'd tried to read Chekhov in college, but found him boring then, too -- again, I think I may have to wait a little longer. You can see the Carver/Ford inspiration in these -- especially in the two stories I mentioned, but the spark and the humanity of these two were not there, I didn't think. Poor me. Poor, silly me.

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