Reading Chekhov: A Critical Journey

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Petersburg, Moscow, and Yalta. She spices it up with thought-provoking insights; one example: "In his stories and plays, Chekhov is afraid for all men.

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He was only in his twenties and thirties when he wrote most of them, but like other geniuses--especially those who die prematurely--he wrote as if he were old. Toward the end of Ward No. Petersburg, Moscow, and Yalta, each city in the company of a different tour guide. Her observations, far from being unfairly critical, are subtle, sardonic, and on the mark--certainly anyone who has traveled to Russia will recognize her guides.

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As I wrote this, I changed the rating from four to five stars--I can't really think what would improve it. An index perhaps, since despite its brevity one would like to be able to search the contents more easily. And I would disagree with the book's jacket, which claims that those unfamiliar with Chekhov could enjoy this volume.

At the very least, one should have read a volume of the major stories and be familiar with the plays. Petersburg, Moscow, and Yalta. She writes of Chekhov's childhood, his relationships, his travels, his early success, and his self-imposed "exile"--always with an eye to connecting them to themes and characters in his work.

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Lovers of Chekhov as well as those new to his work will be transfixed by "Reading Chekhov. A great part of the charm and the skill of Janet Malcolm's book lies in the very Chekhovian way she mingles personal with critical comment, taking us not only through Chekhov's stories but through the removals and journeys of his life and her own travels in quest of his Russian haunts.


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Description Product Details Click on the cover image above to read some pages of this book! Enter your Postcode or Suburb to view availability and delivery times. See Terms for more information. Lovers of Chekhov and readers who are new to his work will be gripped by Malcolm's multifaceted journey, and few readers of Reading Chekhov will not feel impelled to turn to or revisit the masterpieces. Contact 07 online qbd.