from The House with the Mezzanine and other Stories, by Anton Tchekoff, translated by S. S. Koteliansky and Gilbert Cannan, Charles Scribner’s Sons, Gooseberries. By Anton Chekhov. From early morning the sky had been overcast with clouds;аthe day was still, cool, and wearisome, as usual on grey, dull days. 11 Dec Comfort reading: Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov. Chekhov’s story of happiness, self-deception and cruelty is not a reassuring read, but the.

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Jul 28, Neda rated it really liked it. Now that he has realised his dreams he believes himself to be better than others.

The three stories deal with the most common thing in the Russian literature of the time, realism and drama. His pipe lying on the table smelt strongly of stale tobacco, and Burkin could not sleep for a long while, and kept wondering where the oppressive smell came from.

Short Story Analysis: Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov – The Sitting Bee

According to Mikhail Chekhov’s memoirs there were numerous details in the story pointing to the village Bakumovka and the estate of the local landlord Smagin, where the author had guested. He bought himself a farm and became a landowner. This volume contains excerpts from Penguin’s three book collection of Chekhov’s short stories tr Ronald Wilks. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

Dermot Post Author May 5, 9: In her book-length study, Reading ChekhovJanet Antn writes that he “liked to contrast the harsh weather of God’s world with the kindlier climate of man’s shelters from it.

To view it, click here. His subjects were silly social situations, gooeeberries problems, farcical encounters between husbands, wives, mistresses, and lovers, whims of young women, of whom Chekhov had not much knowledge — the author was was shy with women even after his marriage.

Like peasant children, we passed our days and nights in the fields and the woods, looked after horses, stripped the bark off the trees, fished, and so on. The Lady With The Dog. Three touching short stories. If life has any meaning or purpose, you won’t find it in happiness, but in something more rational, in something greater.

Gradually the psychological portrait of Nikolai Ivanovich became more satirical and complicated. He is disturbed by the unhappiness of so many underprivileged people in the world and regrets him not being young anymore to do anything about it. This is my first encounter with Chekhov and while the stories were not great, he has aroused the need in me to read him in greater depth. Chekhov has written many amazing things, such as his short stories, and some of the best plays, this one, although not a good translation, is a very good selection of three of his tales.


Order by newest oldest hcekhov. However, he was defended by such leading writers as Leo Tolstoy and Nikolai Leskov.


The Works by A. Chekhov suggests that happiness is flawed and is meaningless. There Ivan shares the story of his brother, Nicholai who had been very stingy and kept saving up because of his dream to own a house by the countryside. Ivan returns to a story about his brother Nikolai that he had first begun telling Burkin just before the rain began.

But when the men return inside and settle down to their refreshments, the mood begins to alter. Oh, those horrible gallons of vodka! If you want to buy a little black classic, i highly recommend this one.

Other people his wife have had to suffer in order for Nikolay to achieve happiness and the only real love that Nikolay had for his wife was the love of where her money could take him. And so we too are left like Burkin with something nagging at us, taking pleasure in Chekhov’s artistry but haunted by the questions it asks.

A man does not need six feet of earth or a farm, but the whole globe, all nature, where he can have room to display all the qualities and peculiarities of his free spirit. It wanted to bark, but it was too lazy. Open Preview See a Problem? Sean O’Faolaindiscussing Anton Chekhov’s short story Verotchka, writes, “Having reread it I feel … that nobody should read more than he can in 10 years reread; that first reading is a pleasure for youth, second reading an instruction for manhood, and third reading, no doubt, the consolation and despair of old age.

How Nikolay went from a meek, mild mannered clerk to an egotistical tyrant is difficult to say but it is possible that Chekhov is suggesting that should a man focus on just one goal and devote all their energies to that goal then they will not see the bigger picture.

Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov.

Little Black Classics celebrate the h “Oh, good God,” he kept saying with great relish. There is an intrinsic deceptiveness in this method because the writer needs to dupe the readers into believing that a slice of life experience bears the quality that pervades the entire life duration and thus has weight of significance.


The meaning and purpose of life, Ivan exhorts his friends, does not reside in happiness and comfort, “but in something more intelligent and great”, in kindness to one’s fellow humans. All this makes Ivan Ivanovich think about the nature of human happiness, which for him is very much the result of any happy man’s unawareness of how much grief and pain is there behind the walls of the narrow world he’d built for himself.

One of my favorite sentences, that seems as fresh and new as a mid-May strawberry or FINE gooseberry is: Because he doesn’t have a tragedy but only a drama which he believes to be a tragedy. Maybe I’m not the best person to review his work, I could never be objective, I just agree with him on so many things, it’s not about how he writes it’s about what he says.

This was the first time I read something by Chekhov and I found his writing to be wonderfully poetic, albeit the story itself wasn’t a happy one.

Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov

Your email address will not be published. Currently you have JavaScript disabled. Ivan Ivanovitch went outside, plunged into the water with a loud splash, and swam in the rain, flinging his arms out wide. At the story’s end, as rain beats against the windows, Burkin lies in bed.

I didn’t understand the need to tell a story inside another one for the first one, that of Aliokhin receiving his two guests didn’t contribute very much to the plot.

This one was a Tiki Party and turn of the century Russian stories. In his letters my brother called his estate ‘Tchumbaroklov Waste, alias Himalaiskoe. And I need hardly say that my brother never for one moment imagined that he was responsible for her death. And their sitting in the drawing-room where everything — the chandeliers in their covers, the arm-chairs, and the carpet under their feet — reminded them that those very people who were now looking down from their frames had once moved about, sat, drunk tea in this goosberries, and the fact that lovely Pelagea was moving noiselessly about was better than any story.

His obsession with his own fantasies and the devastation when he woke up to the fact that his thoughts weren’t based in any reality of the world.

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