The Cook Gets Married by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review

Why do you want to get everyone married? What business is it of yours? Let them get married as they like. This might sound familiar from a sitcom, or a movie, or a drama.  This excerpt from Chekhov’s short story ‘The Cook Gets Married’, a.k.a ‘The Cook’s Wedding’, is a hilarious take on marriages in general and arrangedContinue reading “The Cook Gets Married by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review”

Fat and Skinny by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Analysis

Every now and then, I would see some images being circulated in the media, beginning with ‘Happiness is..’ so and so. Eating, drinking, sleeping, talking, you name it.  All of those apply to me, by the way. Occasionally, all at the same time. Aside from that, maybe, meeting an old friend I haven’t seen in aContinue reading “Fat and Skinny by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Analysis”

Joy by Anton Chekhov: Summary, Analysis and Review

If I say imagine ‘trading room’, what images come to mind? Every time someone says the words, if you ask me, a very consistent set of images appear before my eyes. Phones ringing everywhere, some papers stacked at desks and some flying around, everyone stressed, clocks displaying times from all major time zones, someone goingContinue reading “Joy by Anton Chekhov: Summary, Analysis and Review”

1001 Passions, or a Dreadful Night by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review

Yesterday my second son was born, I was so happy I hanged myself. I read this, and I was completely creeped out. What! Really? Until the dormant little me kicked in, saying it could have been a dream.. and yes, it was. Thankfully! Not mine, but of the protagonist from Chekhov’s short story 1001 Passions orContinue reading “1001 Passions, or a Dreadful Night by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review”

In a Train Car by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review

Travel is so delightful. You get to know people so quickly and so well. So intimately, when you travel. I just adore travel! Being a colossal travel freak, I found myself nodding like crazy when I read this, and it is never a dull ride with Chekhov on the side! ( Sorry, bad rhymes! IContinue reading “In a Train Car by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review”

A Letter to a Learned Neighbor By Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review

For if man, the ruler of the world, the smartest of all breathing creatures, descended from the stupid and ignorant ape, then we would have a tail and a beastly voice. It sounds like something an innocent kid might ask before having been introduced to evolution. Or probably a very, very older person, whom youContinue reading “A Letter to a Learned Neighbor By Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review”

Temperaments by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review

Scamps, Ramp Scallions and ne’er-do-wells are all of sanguine temperament. It is not recommended to sleep in the same room with anyone who is a sanguine: He’ll tell you jokes all night, and if he does not know any jokes, he will criticize his relatives or else tell lies. He will die of a diseaseContinue reading “Temperaments by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review”

A Sinner from Toledo by Anton Chekhov: Review and Analysis

A Sinner from Toledo, the short story from Anton Chekhov, was first published in late 1881 in an illustrated literary, art and humor magazine called the Spectator. It is now available as part of a short story collection called Prank published by The New York Review books translated by Maria Bloshteyn. A Sinner from Toledo: Summary and PlotContinue reading “A Sinner from Toledo by Anton Chekhov: Review and Analysis”

Confession – or Olya, Zhenya, Zoya: A Letter by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Analysis

Everything in the world, and my life, in particular, is governed by chance. Only chance! And chance is a despot. Sounds like a ‘why me?’, doesn’t it? This is a remark by the protagonist of Chekhov’s short story called Confession – or Olya, Zhenya, Zoya: A Letter. It was first published in March 1882 in Alarm Clock,Continue reading “Confession – or Olya, Zhenya, Zoya: A Letter by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Analysis”

Chase Two Rabbits, Catch None by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Analysis

No, this is not a treatise on efficient goal-setting. Or is it? Chase Two Rabbits, Catch None is a short story by Anton Chekhov that was first published in May 1880 in a magazine called Dragonfly. It is available as part of a short story collection published by New York Review books translated by Maria Bloshteyn.Continue reading “Chase Two Rabbits, Catch None by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Analysis”