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The Cook's Wedding and Other Stories

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

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Volume 12 of a collection of short stories by Anton Chekhov.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Perfectly true. And where does he get the tobacco?"

"He takes it from the drawer in your table."

"Yes? In that case, send him to me."

When the governess had gone out, Bykovsky sat down in an arm-chair before his writing-table, shut his eyes, and fell to thinking. He pictured his Seryozha with a huge cigar, a yard long, in the midst of clouds of tobacco smoke, and this caricature made him smile; at the same time, the grave, troubled face of the governess called up memories of the long past, half-forgotten time when smoking aroused in his teachers and parents a strange, not quite intelligible horror. It really was horror. Children were mercilessly flogged and expelled from school, and their lives were made a misery on account of smoking, though not a single teacher or father knew exactly what was the harm or sinfulness of smoking. Even very intelligent people did not scruple to wage war on a vice which they d. . . Read More

Community Reviews

This collection of Checkhov stories centers on children in animals. Many of the stories are told from the perspective of children (The Cook's Wedding), or from the limited perspective of a pet. This is perhaps the cutest collection, with a trained animal act and kittens. Not the usual Chekhov fare,

Not only am I a fan of Chekhov but I am fond of the Garnett translations as well. They often seem to have the wonderfully deep simplicity that seems to be the hallmark of Chekhov's brilliance. Having translated all of Chekhov's stories, I imagine there was quite a task to figure how to arrange the c

Warning: it gets ugly.

As always, if you the truth of a situation, ask a child. This story is told from the point of view of a seven-year old. The youth cannot understand the huge deal being made about a wedding that the Cook (bride) does not want to happen. This is classic Chekhov.

All but one of these stories feature and are about children or animals. They don't have a "story" structure--they're more the sort of slice of life that came into style in the first third of the 20th century, many years after Chekhov put them together.

They show Chekhov's immense sympathy for the do

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