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  • Title: Great Stories by Chekhov
  • Author: Anton Chekhov
  • ISBN: 9780486811147
  • Page: 470
  • Format: Paperback
  • Regarded as the father of the short story as well as the first modern fiction writer, Anton Chekhov rejected conventional forms to examine the lives of ordinary people in prosaic situations His impressionistic depictions of Russian life and the human condition resound with emotional honesty, focusing on character rather than plot and revealing subtle but important truths.Regarded as the father of the short story as well as the first modern fiction writer, Anton Chekhov rejected conventional forms to examine the lives of ordinary people in prosaic situations His impressionistic depictions of Russian life and the human condition resound with emotional honesty, focusing on character rather than plot and revealing subtle but important truths Thomas Mann held Chekhov in highest esteem, declaring, His short stories rank with all that is greatest and best of European literature This compilation of seven tales attests to the timeless appeal of the Russian author s short fiction.Selections include Misery, an account of a sleigh driver s attempts to communicate his overwhelming grief A Father, a meditation on the conflict between rejecting a monstrous parent and giving him his respectful due A Problem, which proposes that criminals cannot reform unless they pay for their misdeeds and In Exile, an examination of whether it is better to dream of happiness or to accept a living hell Other tales include Ward No 6, relating a conflict between an asylum inmate and the institution s director My Life The Story of a Provincial, in which a rebellious young bourgeois joins the working classes and Peasants, an expos of the dehumanizing effects of poverty.
    Great Stories by Chekhov Regarded as the father of the short story as well as the first modern fiction writer Anton Chekhov rejected conventional forms to examine the lives of ordinary people in prosaic situations His impres

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    1. 3.75 Considered the greatest writer of short fiction, this collection contains only seven of Anton Chekhov s vast library of work Having made it a priority to read some of the great classics this year to which I ve had no exposure, I was curious to see if I could appreciate it There is bound to be a challenge or disconnect when reading pre revolutionary literature over one hundred years old full of unfamiliar Russian names and places, i.e Nikolay Chikildeyev in Slavyansky, Fyokla, Kiryak, and le [...]

    2. 3.5 I feel ridiculous pretending to review such a well known and admired Russian author I have no idea if the original Russian is old fashioned and stilted or if the translation doesn t do it justice There are so many words and phrases that sound awkward but probably aren t intended to Whatever the reason, it prevented me from enjoying quite a lot of these stories, but the parts I liked, I really liked.The biography says that Chekhov called his childhood gloomy That seems like an understatement, [...]

    3. Great Stories by Chekhov by Anton Chekhov published by Dover Publications is a collection of seven short stories from the person attributed as the father of the short story Chekhov lived from 1860 until 1904 and lived a life ranging semi comfort and of poverty He began writing to pay for his tuition at medical school and to support his family Chekhov was well traveled in Russia and met and interviewed a variety of people including prisoners His works consist mostly of plays and short stories Thi [...]

    4. Chekhov is a master in storytelling Short story writing is not for everyone as many have tried and failed But Chekhov is THE master of short story storytelling He brilliantly succeeds in embodying a whole world in less than twenty pages whereas another writer would need the novel format to achieve this This edition offers a selection of Chekhov s best short stories among which Ward 6 that every reader should read.

    5. I guess I m a sucker for Russian fiction because I have yet to read anything by a Russian author that I haven t liked They tend to focus a lot on the negatives in life, which could be rather depressing, I guess, but they tend to not be superficial or shallow I like Chekhov s short stories here because they tend to deal with whole lives of individuals As I recollect, American short stories seem to focus on one event and get the reader immersed in it Chekhov s stories focus on one life and give a [...]

    6. I am rating this 4 stars because this is my 1st reading of Chekhov and believe it is a nice introduction to his work This collection has a brief introduction that I doubt would satiate Chekhov enthusiasts and the stories do not have footnotes or any extra background text to enhance the reading experience The best compliment a short story writer can be given it seems is to be compared to Chekhov I believe this is because in a few words he can envelop you into the character of the story, their soc [...]

    7. A good mix of Chekhov s well known and not so well known writings.I was given a digital copy of this book by the publisher Dover Publications via Netgalley in return for an honest unbiased review.

    8. Classic literature, especially classic Russian literature, vexes me I know roughly nothing about the Russian language so I sometimes console myself as I struggle with Dostoevsky or Tolstoy which I ve occasionally attempted but never fully conquered with the notion that written Russian is particularly difficult to translate into smooth reading English But then again, I get this way about classic English lit sometimes as well, where I see words on the page and just can t seem to get through them i [...]

    9. Thanks to NetGalley I ve been privileged to receive quite a few of these Dover Publications and without exception they have been excellent collections of key works by the chosen author For example, the volume on Oscar Wilde has a couple of his plays, some non fiction works and many of his best known stories plus an excellent introduction But this Chekhov volume seems to be a real cop out All it contains, apart from a very short and not very illuminating introduction, is a mere 7 of the hundreds [...]

    10. i read the first four of these and they weren t doing much for me i felt like they all ended in predictable tragedy, usually with a corny moral am i being premature probably short stories are hard for me to concentrate on, to tell the truth

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