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Leo

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  • Anton Chekhov: A Life

    • UNABRIDGED (28 hrs and 33 mins)
    • By Donald Rayfield
    • Narrated By Fred Williams
    Overall
    (14)
    Performance
    (8)
    Story
    (8)

    Anton Chekhov's life was short, intense, and dominated by battles, both with his dependents and with the tuberculosis that was to kill him at age 44. He was one of the greatest playwrights and short-story writers ever born, but he was torn between medicine and literature, as he was between family and friends, between a longing for solitude and a need for company.

    Leo says: "moving insight into life of writer"
    "moving insight into life of writer"
    Overall

    It is a rather tedious read as the other readers described. The minutiae of Chekhov's many relationships and the Access Hollywood take on who was hot on the Russian literary landscape is excessive. It is a biography, however, and an expansive one at that. Nonetheless, the mass of letters quoted in the book is an extremely pathetic look into the life of a family of Russians in the beginning of the XX c., the strife, the misery, the sorrows. It is dreadful and moving at once.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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