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”

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 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”

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”

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”

Papa by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review

No dumpling, not a word about punishment, this is not our boy’s fault. They are all out to get him. I don’t mean to brag here, but I can’t thank my stars enough for having a mother who specializes in overlooking all my faults. This excerpt from Chekhov’s story Papa is such a pleasant reminder of that.Continue reading “Papa by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review”

Artists’ Wives by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review

You know what single girls and young widows? Don’t you go marry an artist. “May tarnation strike them,” As the Ukrainians say. This is Chekhov’s closing advice from Artists’ Wives. This short story, first published in late 1880 in St. Petersburg daily paper, was written under the pseudonym “Don Antonio Chekhonte,”  The story, sometimes assumedContinue reading “Artists’ Wives by Anton Chekhov: Summary and Review”