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The Party and Other Stories

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Book Overview: 

A more somber collection of short stories by Anton Chekhov

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .He had walked all over two provinces, had presented petitions to the Consistory, and to various government offices, and had been four times on his trial. At last, being stranded in our district, he had served as a footman, as a forester, as a kennelman, as a sexton, had married a cook who was a widow and rather a loose character, and had so hopelessly sunk into a menial position, and had grown so used to filth and dirt, that he even spoke of his privileged origin with a certain scepticism, as of some myth. At the time I am describing, he was hanging about without a job, calling himself a carrier and a huntsman, and his wife had disappeared and made no sign.

From the tavern we went to the church and sat in the porch, waiting for the coachman. Forty Martyrs stood a little way off and put his hand before his mouth in order to cough in it respectfully if need be. By now it was dark; there was a strong smell of evening dampness, and the moon was on the p. . . Read More

Community Reviews

These were very good. I knew he had written many interesting plays but never knew about any short stories until now. They are interesting little vignettes on life of the characters in Russia for his time period. I read a copy of this book from the early 1900's. But the paperback edition here seems t

I did not know anything about Chekhov beyond the famous "Chekhov's gun" trope. I was very happy to have started with this collection of stories as it was a fairly quick read and I enjoyed each story within. The book consists of two novella length stories and a few much shorter ones. Although Chekhov


It's the perfect anti-cure for depression on days you want to be melancholy and reflective. You can't help but drown with the mishaps and sorrow of each character. My favorite story in here is, My Life. The lead character, Misail automatically resigns himself to defeat and you realize that with each

3.5 stars

The Party: 3/5

A Woman's Kingdom: 3.5/5

My Life: A Provincial's Story: 4/5
^this story is the reason this book makes it to my favourites

An Unpleasant Business: 3/5

A Nervous Breakdown: 2/5

This is my 1st book by Chekhov. It's a collection of stories about human emotions. Varied plots, simple yet wonderous, honing in on sands or irony, lathered with well captured expression. Worthy introduction to the author. My favourite story is "the kiss" as it was enjoyable because our hero's life

The goodreads description incorrectly lists the stories included in this edition. In reality, they are: The Party, A Woman's Kingdom, My Life: A Provincial's Story, An Unpleasant Business, & A Nervous Breakdown.
Short story collections are tough for me. Often I feel bludgeoned by the author's style

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