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The Wife and Other Stories

Anton Pavlovich Chekhov

Book Overview: 

Collection of short stories.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .solemnly, "just look at nature about us: if you poke your nose or your ear out of your fur collar it will be frost-bitten; stay in the fields for one hour, you'll be buried in the snow; while the village is just the same as in the days of Rurik, the same Petchenyegs and Polovtsi. It's nothing but being burnt down, starving, and struggling against nature in every way. What was I saying? Yes! If one thinks about it, you know, looks into it and analyses all this hotchpotch, if you will allow me to call it so, it's not life but more like a fire in a theatre! Any one who falls down or screams with terror, or rushes about, is the worst enemy of good order; one must stand up and look sharp, and not stir a hair! There's no time for whimpering and busying oneself with trifles. When you have to deal with elemental forces you must put out force against them, be firm and as unyielding as a stone. Isn't that right, grandfather?" He turned to Ivan Ivanitch and laughed. "I am no better . . . Read More

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بحران میانسالی باعث می‌شه از اول دنبال جایگاهت تو دنیا بگردی و معمولا با تغییر همراهه. گاهی این تغییرات خیلی بزرگ هستند و مسیر زندگی آدم رو برای همیشه عوض میکنند‌.

Pavel é um reformado privilegiado que decide organizar uma sociedade para combater a fome dos camponeses.
Pavel e a sua mulher vivem em "casas" separadas. Ele, no primeiro andar e ela no rés-do-chão. A relação entre ambos é praticamente inexistente.
Pavel descobre que a mulher já tem um grupo cujo obj

So this is the second work I've read by Chekhov and I think he's an exceptional writer, but I personally, just don't enjoy him. But it's not because of the way he writes, which is beautiful and captivating, but because of his characters. I have a hard time getting into stories when I can't love a ch

I've just finished the last of the nine Chekhov stories in this volume. Thanks to my "Catching Up" group for getting me started with "Gooseberries". I saved "The Wife" for last, and it was my favorite. 4 stars from me. One day I plan to read some of his short novels/ novellas- my library has a book

“Love, marry, do silly things. Foolishness is a great deal more vital and healthy than our straining and striving after a meaningful life.”
Chekhov has always attracted me with his non-judgmental, cold observation of life around him. I feel that he considered everyone around him to be eternal childre

This has been on my Currently Reading shelf for 6 weeks, but, trust me, that isn’t because I didn’t care for it. I read a story (or two) and then read a novel, and then read a story, and then read a novel.

Chekhov is full of irony, but not twist endings. The stories are largely characterizations devo

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