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The Steppe and Other Stories [Oxford World's…

The Steppe and Other Stories [Oxford World's Classics]

by Anton Chekhov

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Stories included: The Swedish Match, Easter Eve, Mire, On the Road, Verotchka, Volodya, The Kiss, Sleepy, and The Steppe. The first few of these selections had me, while impressed, wondering what I was missing. The Swedish match was moderately amusing and Easter Eve was poignant in conveying the lack of feeling among most of the monks. Finally the opening paragraph of On the Road hit me and I understood Chekhov's power. This whole story is as concise an example of Russian literature as is possible. I gather that The Kiss is more acclaimed, but I believe Verotchka conveyed a stronger essence for the same theme. Perhaps it is less subtle, but the techniques of changing tense and using contrast (his profession in statistics) are exemplary. The Kiss did have it's own touches of personality, most notably, the superficial conversations led by the family that hosted the officers and their skill at making enjoyable conversation even though they were uninterested. ( )
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The World's Classics edition of this title contains:
The steppe -- An awkward business -- The beauties -- The cobbler and the Devil -- The bet -- Thieves -- Gusev -- Peasant women -- In exile -- Rothschild's fiddle -- The student -- The head gardener's story -- Patch -- The savage -- In the cart -- New villa -- On official business -- At Christmas -- Fragment -- The story of a commercial venture -- From a retired teacher's notebook -- A fishy affair.

ISBNs: 0192826638, 0192836986, 0199555451

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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0192826638, Paperback)

The first of Chekhov's works to be published in a serious Russian literary journal, THE STEPPE marks his achievement of maturity as a writer of short stories. Presenting the world as seen through the eyes of its young hero, Yegorushka, it is a masterly account of a journey across the Russian prairies, interrupted by one of literature's most spectacular thunderstorms.

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