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The Complete Short Novels (Everyman's Library, #277)

The Complete Short Novels Everyman s Library Anton Chekhov widely hailed as the supreme master of the short story also wrote five works long enough to be called short novels here brought together in one volume for the first time in a masterly

  • Title: The Complete Short Novels (Everyman's Library, #277)
  • Author: Anton Chekhov Richard Pevear Larissa Volokhonsky
  • ISBN: 9781400040490
  • Page: 266
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Anton Chekhov, widely hailed as the supreme master of the short story, also wrote five works long enough to be called short novels here brought together in one volume for the first time, in a masterly new translation by the award winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.The Steppe the most lyrical of the five is an account of a nine year old boy s frighteAnton Chekhov, widely hailed as the supreme master of the short story, also wrote five works long enough to be called short novels here brought together in one volume for the first time, in a masterly new translation by the award winning translators Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky.The Steppe the most lyrical of the five is an account of a nine year old boy s frightening journey by wagon train across the steppe of southern Russia The Duel sets two decadent figures a fanatical rationalist and a man of literary sensibility on a collision course that ends in a series of surprising reversals In The Story of an Unknown Man, a political radical spying on an important official by serving as valet to his son gradually discovers that his own terminal illness has changed his long held priorities in startling ways Three Years recounts a complex series of ironies in the personal life of a rich but passive Moscow merchant In My Life, a man renounces wealth and social position for a life of manual labor.The resulting conflict between the moral simplicity of his ideals and the complex realities of human nature culminates in a brief apocalyptic vision that is unique in Chekhov s work Book Jacket Status Jacketed

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    1. Second reading. This is a collection of novellas. My Life: A Provincial's Story is a brilliant, deeply impressive, story. Its structure is perfect, its characterizations deft, spot on, its descriptive passages vivid, tactile, redolent. Set in 1890 or so it's narrated by a young man, Misail, a noble, who has this highly romanticized notion of manual labor. (Based in part on Kropotkin's theories of cooperative evolutionary relationships. See Mutual Aid.) His contempt for so-called intellectual wor [...]

    2. A slice of Russian provincial life from the late 19th century, told in five tales.In this book Chekhov provides us with a glimpse into family life - love, loss, betrayal, infidelity - together with drunkeness, spite, theft and fury. In some ways these themes make for a modern read, and indeed some of the plots could be TV soaps with just a few modernising tweaks. However other aspects are alien - there is lots written about servants and horses, and we see the thrill of the newfangled railways as [...]

    3. I was sort of upset when I came upon the last page, and had to finish this book - this is the kind of book that could go on, and on, and on, and you wouldn’t get bored. This book is life, the fate of so many seemingly real people, and the perfect escape from your own subsistence.Some quotes of my preference (very random):“The Russian man likes to remember, but does not like to live.”“To constantly go into raptures over nature is to show the paucity of your imagination. All these brooks a [...]

    4. I was surprised that David Gilmour chose to talk about Chekhov's personality, a matter so subjective (and where did he find the sources anyway), when there are so many more juicy, fact-backed tidbits to talk about:1) If we are talking about his virtues, isn't it likely that he contracted that tuberculosis because he was running left and right healing the peasants on his estate?2) How about the fact that he was not much of a romantic, and preferred professional touch? That he got married reluctan [...]

    5. THE HOUSE WITH THE MEZZANINEThe House With The Mezzanine is the story of a somewhat diffident young man, a painter, and his somewhat tenuous romance with two sisters during a vacation; the story is laden with the impressionistic images conjured up by its narrator and is one of Chekhov’s finest short stories.The narrator, feeling bored during his holidays, decides to go for a walk and during his walk he comes across the grounds of an unfamiliar manor house; “The sun was already thinking and t [...]

    6. It is really great to read an absolute master like Chekov. I used to like his short stories when I was a teenager, but it has been a while since I last had something by him in my hands. After reading an old book by Edmund Wilson where he tells about a trip to the Soviet Union and digresses a bit about Russian literature, I decided to try Chekhov again. And I loved it! Every story is populated with amazing characters, carefully developed, humanistic and tender. The building forces of Russian soci [...]

    7. As good as it gets. I read the Constance Garnett translations but I would think it would be impossible to tarnish these in translation (they're also available free online, I believe). They're all worth reading, as are all the stories Chekhov wrote from 1888 to 1904 (I just finished a major binge). My favorites: The Steppe (amazing, like a Russian Italian Western), The Duel, Ward No. 6, In the Ravine, Gusev, Misery, Sorrow, Sleepy, The Lady with a Dog, The Student, etc.

    8. This one took me a little longer than expected because I preferred to invest my time in most of unproductive activities during this period. One of the best books I read so far.Some stories particularly had a profound impact on me, I would like to mention some of which I loved the most Дуель (the Duel), Шуточка (the joke), Палата но.6 (ward no.6), Душечка (the darling).Some of the ideas which particularly I found interesting:1) Marcus Aurelius said “If you are distres [...]

    9. DNFI just got so bored and kept forgetting people's names and I wasn't blown away by any "revelation" of human nature. So ya.

    10. Chekhov is a master at writing short fiction, and I feel most of these novellas are more like short stories than novels. The first, second and fourth seem more like short-fiction character sketches – which he couldn't conclude without so many extra pages. The first novella "The Steppe" is a warm, coming-of-age tale that displays Chekhov's versatility. Autobiographical to some extent, the story portrays the provincial yet savage side of Ukrainian life in the 19th century. The point of view falt [...]

    11. Only 3 stars, WHY?(Chekov) is the object for this "off-track review" & (Short stories) is the subject for this review.He is the acclaimed master of short stories.In one way, that is something unarguably true.But that is somewhat based on the preconceived notion, (risk of non-objectivity here) that short-stories should encapsulate fractions of life, then analyze them with a vivid twist, and finally reach upon an enigmatic yet an aphoristic conclusion.He does this well, so why would I then jus [...]

    12. The Russians. For me, there are no group of writers as important, as enjoyable, as the classic Russians. Reading this collection had special meaning as I am reading a copy purchased by my son who, over the last couple of years, has become a reader of the classics. This book features five of what are considered Chekhov's best novellas. The first book is titled " The Steppe ". Like many of his books the story is a description of a time, a place, a way of life, as much as it is a story about charac [...]

    13. NOTE: Out of the novellas in this collection, I've only read The DuelistI'm taking a class where we read both the Pevear/Volokhonsky translation (this edition) and the translation by Constance Garnett. Everyone in the class preferred the Garnett translation! She does a better job capturing the poetry and the humor of the original; P&V's translation may stick closer to the literal Russian, but 9 times out of 10 when Garnett renders a phrase more loosely it reads more naturally in English whil [...]

    14. Finally, I've finished this book. There came a point in each of these short novels when I found them almost unbearably tedious. There are beautiful passages with interesting insights into human psychology and morality, but they are buried under thousands of words of extraneous detail and description. The Steppe is unforgivably drawn out, though I enjoyed the atmospheric evocation of a brutal landscape. The Duel was probably my least favorite, oscillating as it did between a man who whined about [...]

    15. I thoroughly enjoyed these five short novels and highly recommend them for anyone interested in Russian literature from the late 1800's. The new translation by Pevear and Volokhonsky is masterful. With the exception of The Steppe - which is a lovely story of a young boy who accompanies his uncle on a thousand mile journey across the steppe, all the other novels involve the exploration of love, relationships and the complexity of navigating through the changes that were taking place in pre-revolu [...]

    16. “There is nothing more awful, insulting, and depressing than banality.” ― Anton ChekhovAnton Chekhov translucently agrees to have been inspired from contemporary russian authors(Tolstoy) ; but his perspective on life (or rather non-existentialism) makes it treat to go through every rampant description of miniscule fragments of Élan vital. Nihilism fascinates me , but Chekhov introduced me to horrifying, cringeworthy, notably real side of it, which in my simple mindedness(?), I'd have igno [...]

    17. Enjoyable short stories that are relevant today. Most share the theme of love, marriage and relationships at a time when women especially had no choice but to marry. Without their own money and mostly uneducated they were unable to support themselves. It is an honest account of love within marriage, women are idealised from afar and due to moral constraints not permitted to get to really know each other and whether they are compatibleOnce they are married and the romance wears thin they, both me [...]

    18. The thing I like about Chekhov is the fact his writing is so accessible. That is, the language, the words, the sentences do not read as if they were written over 100 years ago. Reading his work isn’t laborious, it’s as engaging and seamless as any contemporary work of fiction. And his interpretations of human nature and behavior are just as relevant today as they were back then.I don’t know how much of Chekhov’s accessibility in this case is due to Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky [...]

    19. Chekhov is the master of the Russian "minimalist" short story. The story that I liked most, "In Exile" is a dialogue between a young Tartar and an older man, Semyon nicknamed the "Preacher." Both are sentenced, and living in Siberia. Semyon tries to encourage the young Tartar to accept his lot, that it is best to be content and not fight what fate has brought into a man's life. And is this not truly a story of life, and life's struggles? Who is wise? Is it the one who challenges fate or the one [...]

    20. Rich, haunting, and full of suffering, these novels stick. The characters can appear almost farcical with their extremes and yet they are engagingly real also. They remind me more of caricatures created by the mind in nightmares and they draw you in, with morbid fascination for the unpleasant outcome that certainly lurks behind the next corner. They are a surprisingly suspenseful reads considering that they deal in what would usually be considered the commonplace and petty affairs of the human c [...]

    21. I think of chekhov as the king of the short story and the master of grayness, disillusionment and ennui. The majority of his short stories and novels are depressing and dark, exploring the meaningless nature of life and human nature. this one is no different. Chekhov's language, i think, is what defines him as an author. He takes the most mundane subject and gives it life, and death simultaneously. He is also able to make you laugh mercilessly in the middle of tragedy and boredommething only he [...]

    22. ugh Gosh, it's kinda poetic, but I still can't write an accurate review about the Russian Magician Chekhov. so for me, sometimes words are better left unsaid. it ain't possible to describe how does it feel to fall in love, it ain't that graspable to talk about Tchaikovsky's Symphony. you gotta go through the work of art yourself. I really loved the plot, the choice of words and the sense of Artistic analogies. but I'm welling to reread it later on and maybe I'll develop a solid review then.

    23. Got through all except "My Life." I was too tired and depressed to keep reading at that point. Chehkov is brilliant but his short novels were emotionally exhausting! Of the ones I read, my vote goes to "The Duel." Funny at times, thought provoking, and, as always, ends sadly. "Three Years" was great as well but was probably the most draining to read. I both sympathized and was incredibly frustrated with every character.

    24. I never give five stars but made an exception for this collection. Part of it may be due to the unaccustomed format; not short story, not full length novel. The stories focus on a brief timeframe but add depth that cannot be included in a shorter composition. I am a huge Chekhov fan and this is truly wonderful storytelling.

    25. A new translation by Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky. The book contains the following short novels by Chekhov: The Steppe; The Duel; The Story of an Unknown Man; Three Years, and; My Life. They were all good though I especially liked The Duel and My Life. Pevear has added a highly informative introduction to the collection that is definitely worth reading.

    26. This review is only for the short story, 'The House with an Attic'. This is a trademark Anton Chekhov short story. Only he could right this sort of beauties. Just like you spot a painting of Picasso at a glance , you can identify a good Anton Chekhov story by just reading couple of pages of it. That's why he's my favorite short story writer of all time.

    27. guardian/books/audioPhilip Pullman reads 'The Beauties' by Anton Chekhov. "Like Waiting for Godot, it's a story in which nothing happens, twice."

    28. Anton Chekhov is one of the best short novels/novellas/tales authors of his own time (and beyond). A physician by profession and writer as hobby, he understands Humanity in such enlightened manner few people were ever able to.

    29. Read The Steppes and watch The Duel on Prime. I get a kick out of Chekov, find he has a sense of humor when he writes. Also hard to remember he wrote in the late 1800's/early 1900's. Seems like a modern writer and such a great writer.

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