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Love and Other Stories

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Book Overview: 

This is Volume 13 of 13 collections of short stories.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .happy and insulted fellow-creature was walking beside me. All this I recognised distinctly, but at the same time I was troubled by an oppressive and unpleasant dread that Kisotchka would turn back, and that I should not manage to say to her what had to be said. Never at any other time in my life have thoughts of a higher order been so closely interwoven with the basest animal prose as on that night. . . . It was horrible!

"Not far from the cemetery we found a cab. When we reached the High Street, where Kisotchka's mother lived, we dismissed the cab and walked along the pavement. Kisotchka was silent all the while, while I looked at her, and I raged at myself, 'Why don't you begin? Now's the time!' About twenty paces from the hotel where I was staying, Kisotchka stopped by the lamp-post and burst into tears.

"'Nikolay Anastasyitch!' she said, crying and laughing and looking
at me with wet shining eyes, 'I shall never forget. . . Read More

Community Reviews

Before being a successful playwright, Chekhov was an extraordinarily prolific and influential author of short stories: several hundred of them in the span of twenty years. This collection includes only a dozen of his most famous stories, presented chronologically, which provides a beautiful cross-se

Recently, someone asked me who I thought the most overrated writer is. I answered, somewhat flippantly, Margaret Atwood. After reading the first five stories in this collection I decided I would change my answer to Chekhov. I was astonished just how dreary I found them. He was the favourite writer o

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Chekhov describes a character or a scene just enough to let the reader cleanly infer what’s being indicated. His descriptions are never overstated or garish; always subtle, wavering, whimsical, but precise. He lets his stories tell themselves somehow, getting out of the way when he should.

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A lot of short stories, a lot of descriprions of the settings, the clothes, the seasons, and the people of course. Old people, young people, clergy, peasants, artists and even a love stricken carp.
After all the build up the stories fizzle out to an abrupt, hasty ending which I find disappointing.
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