The Duel and Other Stories

The Duel and Other Stories Six selections from the famed Russian author Anton Chekhov showcase his natural aptitude for detail dialogue humor and compassion The duel My wife Murder The black monk Terror The two Volodyas

  • Title: The Duel and Other Stories
  • Author: Anton Chekhov Ronald Wilks
  • ISBN: 9780140444155
  • Page: 218
  • Format: Paperback
  • Six selections from the famed Russian author Anton Chekhov showcase his natural aptitude for detail, dialogue, humor, and compassion.The duel My wife Murder The black monk Terror The two Volodyas.

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    1. Le droit à la médiocrité« Lorsque pour un effet déterminé on met en jeu le minimum de gestes, cela s’appelle la grâce. » (Anton Tchekhov)J’avais oublié l’ineffable atmosphère de la littérature russe, avec ses héros à au moins trois noms (sans compter les diminutifs) parmi lesquels tu risques de te perdre si tu ne fais pas attention en tout temps, avec ses paysages qui alternent l’étendue infinie des steppes et l’encombrement claustrophobique de petites villes, avec ses ma [...]

    2. I enjoyed all of Chekhov's stories in this book but his short story The Duel is the best. Set in the seaside town of Caucasus (interestingly, as I write this, in 2012, one is highly discouraged by the U.S. government from visiting this area, which is a shame, because it is, from Chekhov's description, quite beautiful), it is centered on a small group of people but primarily on Ivan Layevsky, a self absorbed and selfish 28 year old minor bureaucrat, who ran off with another man's wife and is livi [...]

    3. Some great stories in here, though I'm not convinced yet that Chekhov could pull off a long piece (the title story takes some great directions, but overall doesn't compel). But my main quibble here has to do with some translation choices--some of what was probably colloquial Russian was translated into odd English phrases that came across more silly than thoughtful.

    4. I had always wanted to read Chekhov. However, I hate to admit that if not for the tag 'Contemporary Anton Chekhov' on Alice Munro, I wouldn't have started this book yet. All of a sudden, I wanted to read a Munro, then the meticulous me ended up landing here.Halfway into the book, I thought I would point out a few stories which are much reads. I ended up liking almost all the stories :) I haven't read enough short stories or enough Chekhov to share my thoughts on the name 'Master of Short Stories [...]

    5. رواية عظيمةمن لافيكسى الذى غاب نجمه و انخرط فى حياة تافهة من السىء إلأى الأسوأ إلى عالم الحيوان الذى ظن أن مهمته فى الحياة تطهير العالم من المخطئين!!أعجبنى فى الرواية فكرة الوصاية و اعتقاد بعض الأشخاص أنه حقهم أن يحكموا وينفذوا أحكامهم على غيرهم من الأشخاص بقاونو الانتخاب ال [...]

    6. The strange thing with Chekhov's short stories is that it feels like it doesn't happen a alot but at the same time they always feel so complete. Like, the princess have just gone out for a walk and listened to an old doctor tell her she is spoiled, but it feels like a lot of things have happened. Maybe it's because the characters both happens to become three-dimensional characters and have some kind of epiphany, or character growth (or just do something stupid). I like it. You can read a 20 page [...]

    7. Chekhov is a wordsmith with the ability to leave haunting impressions inside the reader's mind. Pretty glad I picked up this book on the streets of Berkeley when college students were moving out!

    8. This was my introduction to Anton Chekhov in any format, and I was thoroughly impressed. The short story is indeed an art form that few people do well. There are a number of genre writers (Stephen King, David Morrell, Ray Bradbury, Robert McCammon) who do quite well, but in literary fiction there aren't that many who keep me riveted from story to story. I certainly don't feel that way with Hemingway. O. Henry is certainly a master, as is Edgar Allan Poe and Flannery O'Connor (though I much prefe [...]

    9. My favorite in this collection is At Home (full story). Vera Ivanovna Kardin is a young woman who has finished university and whose father has just died. She goes to home to her grandfather's estate, an isolated steppe far away from the city, to make a life of her own. As she leaves the train, she is fetched by a carriage. All at once she is taken back to memories of her childhood, for the last time she'd been here was when she was still a child. She murmurs, "Lord, grant that I may be happy her [...]

    10. Even when you listen to this on LibreVox with some irish guy reading, the emotions of the characters goes to the depths of you. The long, slow buildup to the climactic point might seem dull to some, and sure, Chekhov is chatty, but on the way you get some magnificent rants and some wonderfully nasty lines, like this one: "He would not murder her, of course, but if he had been on a jury now, he would have acquitted the murderer.".A lot of this book revolves around characters that are either moral [...]

    11. The story primarily focuses on Ivan Andreich Laevsky and Nadyezhda Fyodorovna, lovers who have moved to the Caucasus. Nadezhda is married to another man and some townspeople disapprove of the couple living together. Laevsky confides in his friend Samoylenko that he no longer loves Nadyezhda. Laevsky drinks, gambles, and lacks direction.The scientist Von Koren feels that Laevsky's slovenly lifestyle is worthless. In fact, Von Koren feels killing Laevsky would be beneficial to society, an act of n [...]

    12. I liked "The Duel," the first and longest of these short stories. I wouldn't call it thrilling, but I thought it had a lot of clever character study and I looked forward to it being the first of many writings I'd enjoy from Chekov. However, upon reading further, I found that each of the other stories seemed very much the same. I mean, it's inevitable and perfectly okay that an author repeat themes from work to work (like, come on, my favorite writer is Flannery O'Connor), but the way Chekov does [...]

    13. I love the short story format and, when I spotted this in a bookshop, took the chance to finally read from one of the masters. I had seen Chekhov's major plays, but had just not got around to reading his short stories.At first, I wasn't sure if I was a philistine or if the short story had, well, improved since the late nineteenth century. The initial stories seemed a little obvious and dated in their social commentary, and even a little sentimental.But as I read more of them, they gathered a cum [...]

    14. I am quickly becoming a fan of Anton Chekhov. This is the thrid story I've read by him, and while this one takes the cake, the others were good, too.This was a great story, where the title is a little misleading. The duel, itself, is fairly unimportant (though, it does make for an intersting climax). The portraits of Chekhov's characters are outstanding. They were very real and flawed. This was a great little piece of literature.

    15. of the older translations of chekhov, i like this guy's best. ronald wilkes i think? he brings an elegance to the stories that may not really reflect chekhov's voice, but the brilliant stories still come through. if you like classic russian lit and shit. chekhov is just more humane and modern and sane and not so pyschotically depressed like dostoyevski. know what i'm sayin?

    16. This is a wonderful collection of short stories including some of Chekhov's finest. It is popular to belittle Constance Garnett's translation, but I don't want to read 130 year old stories in modern language. I want an old translation that feels in English like the writings of the era. I think this translation is great.

    17. Although in my book stories aren't the same as in this, I understood that Chechov is worth his fame. But what I personaly don't like about Chekhov's style is his attitude to characters. He talks about them like about someone distant, just describes them. Seems like he has writeen already about so much personalities that don't bother himself to reveal them too much.

    18. The Duel ***ooExcellent People ***ooMire ****oNeighbors ***ooAt Home ***ooExpensive Lessons ***ooThe Princess ***ooThe Chemist's Wife ****o

    19. Nice and Russian, except that not everybody dies. Lots of names and talk of how sparkling and wonderful Petersburg is. Lots of adultery and talk of death. A little heavy on human philosophy, with too much telling and too little showing, but overall enjoyable and rich for the mind.

    20. Another dip into the classic literature pool. Chekhov's short works are where he shines, if you are to believe the foreword, and I love short stories. Sadly, pretty much nothing in this collection appealed to me on any level.

    21. It's a collection of short stories. What to say? Some are better than others. I wanted mainly to read "The Duel" but enjoyed the writing so much I ended up reading them all. Some feel that they need to be longer, but overall I njoyed the book.

    22. What a fine book of 18th century Russian literature many thoughtful stories so well written that they are of a quality that is rare and unparalleled today. I am ready to read more Russian lit cant wait. “A hungry dog believes in nothing but meat.” ― Anton Chekhov, The Cherry Orchard

    23. More of a 3.5 star read--the first story, The Duel, was great (maybe b/c it was more of a novella), but the remaining stories weren't entirely satisfying. Many came off as unfinished.

    24. Chekhov seems to be very good at covering the internal feelings of an array of characters, however these stories read like plays. A little too slow for my taste.

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