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The Schoolmaster and Other Stories

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Book Overview: 

Anton Checkhov, perhaps better known as a world famous classical playwright for works such as "Uncle Vanya" and "The Cherry Orchard" was also a prolific short story writer. "The Schoolmaster and Other Stories" is one of several of his collections. It's a compilation of 30 short stories. Some bizarre, some comical but all very interesting.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .Everyone was silent for a space. Sasha suddenly burst out laughing and put his dinner napkin to his mouth.

"So you believe in hypnotism?" said Father Andrey to Nina Ivanovna.

"I cannot, of course, assert that I believe," answered Nina Ivanovna, assuming a very serious, even severe, expression; "but I must own that there is much that is mysterious and incomprehensible in nature."

"I quite agree with you, though I must add that religion distinctly curtails for us the domain of the mysterious."

A big and very fat turkey was served. Father Andrey and Nina Ivanovna went on with their conversation. Nina Ivanovna's diamonds glittered on her fingers, then tears began to glitter in her eyes, she grew excited.

"Though I cannot venture to argue with you," she said, "you must admit there are so many insoluble riddles in life!"

"Not one, I assure you."Read More

Community Reviews

Unless you are being made to read Chekhov short stories as an act of revenge by a lecturer who was made to read it by their lecturer, avoid Chekhov's short stories - they are miserable, full of miserable self-centred characters that inhabit a miserable world.

Ian McEwan says you have to read the enj

This book had over 20 short stories. Checkov is your typical late 19th century author. His stories present a pessimistic portrayal of humanity, his characters are all self-centered and incapable of feeling any sympathy for the plights of others. The wealthy are especially selfish in his tales. The s



He has won me over, in a lot of ways non the less!
I never thought that he could be this funny. And it feels so crisp and enough. There isn't any forcefulness, none of that purple overreacting prose that I hate so much.
He tells an interesting story, with enough realism, but also leaves a few things t

After reading this book, i've become a fan of Chekhov's. A range of touching stories about believable and flawed characters which suck us into their own world that is all too real. Will read more work from this author!

Great collection of stories--but then, each volume in this 13-volume series has been great. I don't see how a short-story lover can go wrong with Chekhov, though this collection--the eleventh overall in the Constance Garnett translations--is heavier on the "short" in "short-stories" than many of its

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