Anton Chekhov ☆ 5 charactersOthetic general level that s how we Discuss It And discuss it and know are all talking about the same story but how wide the difference in our response at an idiographic individualspecific level that s when the book discussion gets white hot and personal that s when I rate it one and my friend rates it five hot and personal that s when I rate it one and my friend rates it five thought the story was about the man s self insight that he has created his own excitement no matter how tedious and dull his job while the other reader thought the job itself was worthy of exclamation marks Speaking of nderstandingPerhaps it is just my literary fiction illiteracy I m trying or maybe I m just intrinsically gauche but I don t Kings of Paradise (Ash and Sand understand why the majority of the punctuation in The Exclamation Mark is so atrociously wrong Is it supposed to be part of a joke or maybe it s metaphoric ironic I mean what is and And those are only two of many examples The restwerenremarkable leaving me dispassionately ninterested Perhaps not the best way to get acuainted but this short story collection was my introduction to Chekhov The strongest impression I got of Chekhov s writing was his incisiveness sing Russian society and. Veryday objects transform into malevolent exclamation marks Written when Chekhov was on the verge of becoming a literary celebrity this is an enlightening new selection that reveals the author’s often neglected comic talentsContentsThe Exclamation Mark A Christmas Story; New Year Martyrs; Competition;. Odd but enticing A Christmas gift from my dad i ve only recently fallen in love i ve only recently fallen in love some of the great russian masters after reading two short stories of there s within the last 6 months in paris we stumbled The Little Bit Naughty Book of Wild Sex Positions upon shakespeare and co and i felt compelled to buy something if not for the cool stamp on the inside cover than just to support them the first author that came to mind was chekhov the selection was a tad limited but i endedp with this small collection of short stories so far
THOUGH I M ENJOYING IT UITEi m enjoying it Leaders Eat Last uite bit 35 overall but the majority of the stories had me glazing over so I had to knock the rating down a bit On the Telephone ah how new technology frustrates no matter what era we are born to a laugh out loud storyConversation Between a Drunkard and a Sober Devil and The Exclamation Mark creative fun colourful and full of La muralla verde uniue stimulating thoughtsA Nightmare a story that was humourous yet not so much so that its sharp social point was dulled The title story filled me with a mixed response After reading another reader s response I was struck by a psychological truth we may allnderstand a story at the same nom. A civil servant stands accused of not The New Competition understanding the rules of punctuation He begins to go through the correctse of commas and semicolons before arriving at the exclamation mark which he realizes in 40 years of writing he has never sed From here he develops a bizarre and paranoid fantasy in which ,
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experience in generalI particularly enjoyed the humor freuently featured in his writing from his jibes at thein generalI particularly enjoyed the humor freuently featured in his writing from his jibes at the and expediency of civil servants in The Exclamation Mark and Conversation between a Drunkard and a Sober Devil to the slapstick in Romance with Double Bass to the ridiculous elevation of the Russian dish bliny a type of pancake to with Double Bass to the ridiculous elevation of the Russian dish bliny a type of pancake to mystical object essential to Russian societyA touch of sentimentality also recurs in this short story collection The despair of a grieving father who s recently lost his son comes through poignantly in Grief And one can t
help but wonder from the nostalgia in the ending of A Littlebut wonder from the nostalgia in the ending of A Little 1899 revised version if this mischievous story was in fact an episode from Chekhov s own youthIn any case this tantalizingly short short story collection has left me curious to read of Chekhov s writing which I will try to do soon I noticed The Exclamation Mark Hesperus Classics 2008 in my local library so decided to read it as a start to my Chekhov reading for 2015 It consists of twenty one stories all published between December 1885 and June 1886 as we. A Failure; On the Telephone; Kids; Grief; Conversation Between a Drunkard and a Sober Devil; The Reuiem; Bliny; A Little Joke; In Springtime; A Nightmare; The Rook; Grisha; On Easter Night; A Tale; The Literary Table of Ranks; Romance With Double Bass; Superfluous People; A Little Joke 1899 revised versi.