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”

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”