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The Darling and Other Stories

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Book Overview: 

Anton Chekhov was a Russian doctor who turned to fiction as a hobby, and quickly blossomed into one of the masters of the short story genre. Though he is arguably best known for his dramatic works, such as The Cherry Orchard, his stories are widely considered to be some of the most perfect examples of short fiction ever written.

This is Volume 1 of 13 short story collections by Anton Chekhov.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .thinks and feels just as man does, and struggles with nature in the name of culture as zealously as he. In the towns the woman of the bourgeois or intellectual class has long since fallen behind, and is returning to her primitive condition. She is half a human beast already, and, thanks to her, a great deal of what had been won by human genius has been lost again; the woman gradually disappears and in her place is the primitive female. This dropping-back on the part of the educated woman is a real danger to culture; in her retrogressive movement she tries to drag man after her and prevents him from moving forward. That is incontestable."

I asked: "Why generalise? Why judge of all women from Ariadne alone?
The very struggle of women for education and sexual equality, which
I look upon as a struggle for justice, precludes any hypothesis of
a retrograde movement."

But Shamohin scarcely listened to me and he s. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Chekhov was indisputably the greatest short story writer of all time. The best stories in this collection are also the shortest and though they are mere glimpses of characters seen in passing, they possess incredible psychological depth, perhaps even more so due to their very brevity.

Chekhov is a king

Although weird, it seemed like a happy ending.

With this book I am beginning Ecco Press’ 14 volume collection of “The Tales of Chekhov”. It is too bad that the Ecco versions have fallen out of print as this is a beautiful set with a typography I enjoy. The Darling collects eight stories, one of which, “Three Years” is a novella of over 130 pages

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