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5.0 out of 5 starsBest short stories ever
Reviewed in the United States on December 17, 2019
This version is available free of charge. What are you waiting for? Eight more words required before the algorithm will free me from its horrible grip.
Reviewed in the United States on February 19, 2014
I have thoroughly enjoyed every one of these short stories. I am disappointed that I found Chekhov so late in my life.
The format of the book isn't as smooth and well defined as I would like. I actually went from the lady with the dog directly into the next story without picking it up straight away. I thought it was a change in chapter, and not a complete change in story. Perhaps, this is my fault, but it is a very subtle change in typeset that separated the end of one story from the title of the next.
5.0 out of 5 starsPerfect little gems of character description
Reviewed in the United States on October 27, 2016
Perfect little gems of character description. These human beings could be seen today in modern liberal democracy, but they already existed in pre-revolutionary Russia. But it is easy to see the bankruptcy of Russian society, and why Marxism-Leninism could be attractive. The revolutionary character is created by the bourgeoisie.
5.0 out of 5 starsClassic, relevant, beautiful and disturbing
Reviewed in the United States on June 5, 2013
I hadn't read Chekhov since college, but a mention of this book in my favorite blog rekindled my interest in him and I downloaded this book. It is absolutely marvelous. If you remember reading "Uncle Vanya" and "The Cherry Orchard" - or if you never have had the pleasure, then you should take the time to reacquaint yourself with the rhythms, the portraits, the emotional and psychological insights that come from his short stories. Cannot recommend this enough!!!
Upon hearing that this Checkov person wrote a story called "The Lady with the Dog," apparently one of the best short stories ever written, I decided to check it out. I read the story and apparently mid-story, it ended! It left me pondering about it for the next hour or so; the story didn't seem that good but something about it kept tickling my brain. I continued on to the other stories and they all sort of ended at a proper spot but they also still could have continued on. About 3 or 4 stories into this book I really started to understand. These stories are all very stark depictions of life in Russia about a hundred years or so ago (don't quote me), but they have strong relevance today. Checkov's ability to have the reader understand the intricacies of life and human thought/actions make you feel like he's in your head or something. Except he can put these feelings into words a hell of a lot better than you yourself could. Check it out!
It was surprisingly good. The book had a lot of insightful theories, and I saw the familiarity with the film, The Reader, in the story of "An Anonymous Story." It was at the same time I was thinking about my life experience with the similar state of mind in a few stories of the book. The stories provided more realistic life philosophy than narrative or fictional theory. Every story ended with an unfinished ending, which was more close to the reality - life goes on before you die, leaving the readers diverse imaginations. I really enjoyed this book!
Short stories that are unfulfiled episodes in the lives various characters without clear resolutions. There are no happy endings. Life just goes on, or doesn't. Checkhov negates all things fairy tale in favour of stark reality. Not one to read for escapism, but for some magnificent insights into the human condition.
I heard this book reviewed on a recent BBC book programme; I knew Chekhov wrote a lot of short stories to keep himself alive, but never thought of reading them even though I love his plays. These are wonderful, mostly downbeat stories about life in late 19th c. Russia which seem to have considerable relevance to us today. Great stories, and the kindle free edition was fine. I have already downloaded the next set.
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on February 8, 2013
The Lady with the Dog (also known as" the Lady with the Lap dog" )is one of the most memorable short stories I have ever read. What starts as a light flirtation ends in a very different manner than expected. It is such a strong evocation of the vagaries of love, and so memorable . It reminded me a bit of the protagonists in "Brokeback Mountain "film - what you get is not what you originally expected!. Highly recommended.