Anguish by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review

My son’s dead, but I’m alive…It’s a wonder, death mixed up the doors, instead of coming to me, she went to my son… This excerpt from Chekhov’s short story Anguish explores the themes of grief, loneliness, and poverty in an indifferent society. The story is one of his earlier works published in 1886. It is also availableContinue reading “Anguish by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review”

A Slip-Up by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Analysis

Be happy, my dears! Oh! You are taking from me my only treasure! Love my daughter, be good to her! Something you would expect to be said in a marriage ceremony. And it almost was. Welcome to another Chekhov short story with a twist. This excerpt from Chekhov’s short story A Slip Up is a hilarious takeContinue reading “A Slip-Up by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Analysis”

An Educated Blockhead by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Analysis

I don’t know about you, but I have had the privilege of seeing many of these creatures over the years—more than I would like.  Having said that, I think I have the full potential to be one, too; I have proven to myself on occasions that I might be worthy of the crown. Hopefully, thatContinue reading “An Educated Blockhead by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Analysis”

The Exclamation Mark by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Analysis

In the closed eyes of a dozing Perekladin, a fiery comma flew like a meteor. The golden commas spun around and raced off to one side. They were replaced by fiery periods. This excerpt is from Chekhov’s short story Exclamation Point and is one of his earlier works, published way back in 1885. It is also availableContinue reading “The Exclamation Mark by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Analysis”

In a Foreign Land By Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review

You are talking to a friend from a different country. And suddenly, he mentions something about your country that makes your jaw drop.  Your friend seems sensible enough in all other areas of his life. You wonder to yourself: maybe just this one time, I would let it slip.  Some days pass, you meet again,Continue reading “In a Foreign Land By Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review”

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”