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These short stories are so inviting - as is the illustration on the book cover. It says come in sit down, have a cup of tea, read, relax and enjoy. The promise of "whispers of freedom, human potential and dignity" sounds intriguing. I hope you'll write about more of the stories sometime.


I really enjoyed the Chekov we read for A Curious Singularity and your wonderful reviews remind me to seek him out again. And that is a really delightful picture on the cover!


You can join the Russian Reading Challenge.

These stories sound very interesting.

Thanks for letting us know about them.


I have never read any Chekhov, I think this summer I will pick up his short stories and give him a go. Thanks for bringing him up.

(Amanda's Weekly Zen)


BooksPlease--I'm sure I'll write more as I go. Many of the stories are only a few pages, but he puts an amazing lot into them. And I love the illustration--it is very inviting. I think he literally wrote hundreds of stories, so this is only a small selection.
Litlove--I was thinking about that story as well. I think it is his most famous, but unfortunately it's not included in this selection. I really would like to reread it I think and go back and read everyone's posts on it.
Isabel--I'm very bad--I did join in the challenge, but Chekhov is the first Russian author I've read all year. I will have to count this in though--good idea. I'm still planning on reading Anna Karenina!
Amanda--Hi--glad to see you back posting! I saw that you moved to Florida! I was wondering where you had been, but figured you've been busy with school! Chekhov seems like one of those 'must read' authors when it comes to short stories and this seems like a nice collection!

Dorothy W.

I read a Chekhov collection a while back and really enjoyed it -- I don't remember much from it though and would like to read more of his work. I've enjoyed his plays too, especially The Cherry Orchard.


I am still reading my second novel for the Russian challenge. I started it in February!

And War and Peace is still on the shelf! Yikes.


I enjoy reading Chekov's depiction of his characters, many of whom are inspirations from his patients. He has a knack for writing them as if they are real people whom we know.


Dorothy--I've not read any of his plays, but I'd like to give them a try. I hate to think that some of the short stories I read at the very beginning are fading from my mind as well.
Isabel--Which book are you still reading? Some books just take longer! It took me nearly a year to read War and Peace, but I set it aside for 5-6 months halfway through. I don't want to do that with Les Misérables.
Matt--How interesting that he used people he knew as inspirations for his writing, but probably not surprising. Have you read a lot of Chekhov's work?


I recently read a book written by Gene Wilder who is a huge fan of Chekhov's. Chekhov even makes an appearance in Wilder's book, The Woman Who Wouldn't.

I received my copy of A Fatal Waltz today. I look forward to reading it this week. Thanks again!


Oh no, another book for the stacks! I've never read any Chekov and am sure I'm missing out. You make this one sound very tempting!


I've never read Chekhov (have one of his collections around here somewhere), and I often slap myself on the hand for that. I was just listening to a podcast interview with Tobias Wolff today, and there was quite a bit of talk about Chekhov. I love it when writers leave a lot of responsibility to the reader. Can't wait to read some of the stories you mentioned here.


Petunia--Isn't that Gene Wilder's second book? I've contemplated borrowing them from the library. I like that Chekhov makes an appearance! Thanks very much for letting me know the Alexander book arrived--I'm so happy to hear that! I hope you enjoy it!
Iliana--I sometimes hear him referred to by other authors or in terms of literary style, so its nice to get a taste of his work.
Andi--Chekhov's turning up all over the place. Which podcast were you listening to? I've been bad and haven't gone for any updates as I've already got so many unlistened to podcasts loaded onto my player. I'd love to hear that one, though. Please let me know what you think of them when you get to them.


Will do, Danielle! I was listening to The Bat Segundo show podcast interview with Tobias Wolff. You can find it here: or download it from iTunes (can't remember if you use iTunes).


I am reading about Moscow 1941.
The Germans are still at the gates.


That cover illustration is gorgeous! I love the evening light. I must read more Chekhov. I've read only a couple of his stories, and seen my brother-in-law in one of the plays.


Andi--Thanks for the link--I'll download it this weekend!!
Isabel--That sounds like pretty heavy reading--I think it'd take me months as well. History books are always slow going for me.
Melanie--It does look very comforting, doesn't it. I've not read any of his plays and I rarely ever see anything in the theater--how fun to see your BIL acting in one!

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