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The Horse-Stealers and Other Stories

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

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Collection of short stories by Anton Chekhov

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Yefimitch would say.

They would drink their first bottle still in silence, the doctor brooding and Mihail Averyanitch with a gay and animated face, like a man who has something very interesting to tell. The doctor was always the one to begin the conversation.

"What a pity," he would say quietly and slowly, not looking his friend in the face (he never looked anyone in the face)—"what a great pity it is that there are no people in our town who are capable of carrying on intelligent and interesting conversation, or care to do so. It is an immense privation for us. Even the educated class do not rise above vulgarity; the level of their development, I assure you, is not a bit higher than that of the lower orders."

"Perfectly true. I agree."

"You know, of course," the doctor went on quietly and deliberately, "that everything in this world is insignificant and uninteresting except the . . . Read More

Community Reviews

This is my first chekhov book. Hes lauded as one of the all-time best authors of short fiction, and it shows in this varied collection. Some stories show the compassionate side of human nature, like "Frost" and "The beggar". Others, like "ward no. 6", lavish in irony and cynicism. Others seem incons

Tenth volume in the thirteen-volume set translated by Constance Garnett, whose reputation, I've learned recently, is perhaps not as stellar as I understood when I embarked on this set a few years ago. Still, I'm finding Chekhov as enjoyable and indispensable as Francine Prose warned me I would in RE