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Lady with Lapdog and other Stories Mass Market Paperback – May 1969

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd; New impression edition (May 1969)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140441433
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140441437
  • Product Dimensions: 13.8 x 1.8 x 19.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 85,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was born in 1860 in Taganrog, a
port in southern Russia. His father was a former serf. In 1879, after
receiving a classical education at the Taganrog Gymnasium, he
moved to Moscow to study medicine. During his university years he
helped support his family by writing stories and sketches for
humorous magazines. By 1888 he was contributing to Russia's most
prestigious literary journals and regarded as a major writer. He also
started writing plays: his first full-length play, Ivanov, was produced
in 1887. After undertaking a journey to visit the penal colony on the
Siberian island of Sakhalin in 1890, he settled on a country estate
outside Moscow, where he continued to write and practise medicine.
His failing health forced him to move to Yalta in 1898, where he
wrote his most famous short story, 'The Lady with the Little Dog'
(1899), and two of his best-known plays: Three Sisters (1901) and
The Cherry Orchard (1904), written with Stanislavsky's Moscow Art
Theatre in mind. In 1901 he married the company's leading actress,
Olga Knipper. He died from tuberculosis in Badenweiler, Germany,
in July 1904 at the age of 44.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Silvertip on 7 Feb. 2012
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Chekhov writes in an honest style, writing about characters with faults whilst reserving judgement. This collection contains stories of irony and bad luck yet without diving too deep into the misery of the subjects. Each short story contains a unique set of characters that set the action of the story and Chekhov often objectifies them within the setting to cleverly represent their emotions none too obviously. A skilled set of tales that in their subject matter are timeless and will always be a pleasure to read.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Nov. 2005
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I have just started reading this, and am enjoying it very much! Deliciously short shapshots of life, full of vivacity and thankfully lacking the usual measure of humdrum navel-gazing prose that some Russian literature contains. I am eager to see how these stories develop!
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Best Translation of Chekov's Short Stories 3 Sept. 2006
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This particular collection/translation is far and away the closest any english-speaking reader can come to experiencing Chekov in his native tongue. In his introduction, translator David Magarshack writes "reading [these stories] one gets the impression of holding life itself, like a fluttering bird, in one's cupped hands." Magarshack's sensitivity as a translator is unparalled, and this small, immaculately chosen collection of Chekov's work will leave readers marvelling at his ability to bring a character to life in two paragraghs, bring a sunset to life in two sentences, and capture the timeless experiences of life, love and loss in only a few pages. This particular Penguin Classic is now out of print, but definitely worth searching out. This one sets the standard-- no

Chekov collection is complete without it.
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Memories from the past... 19 Mar. 2001
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The Lady with the Little Dog is about a chance love affair that takes possession of two people and changes them against their will, and which closes with them far apart and rarely able to meet.One intimate meeting, changed their entire outlook towards life.In The Lady with the Lap Dog, Gurov and Anna are both married.Both have gone on a stolen holiday to Yalta, a resort notorious for its casual love affairs. One interesting thing is that Chehkov never described the seduction unlike the later novelists. The memories from their affair haunts them and they want to be together forever. Every time they meet, they have to over come the fact that they both are married.The real subject of the story is this serious conflict in the minds of the lovers. Every two or three months after this they will meet and wrestle with their dilemma. Chekhov doesnt want to end the novel in a typical manner. He wants the rest to be interpreted by the reader's imagination. Thats the best part of the novel in point of view. Many of us have gone through this situation ourselves. We may have betrayed our loved ones once in a while.A night with a stranger might haunt us throughout the rest of our life. Every one has certain priorities in their life. The novel explains few critical decisions a person takes while tacking one of the most sensitive issues of their lives.
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