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Plays: Ivanov; The Seagull; Uncle Vanya; Three Sisters; The CherryOrchard (Penguin Classics) Paperback – September 3, 2002


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Product Details

  • Series: Penguin Classics
  • Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Classics; Revised edition (September 3, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140447334
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140447330
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 0.8 x 5.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #63,662 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was a Russian physician and writer of short stories and plays. Peter Carson learnt Russian during his National Service and works in London publishing. Richard Gilman is Professor Emeritus of Playwriting and Dramaric Literature at Yale University's School of Drama. He has been drama critic for Newsweek and is the author of 'Chekhov's Plays' (Yale, 1996) and 'The Making of Modern Drama' (Yale, 2000).

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Many of Chekhov's characters feel a strong sense of frustration and the quiet desperation of mundane living.
C. M Mills
If you're looking for any old Chekhov, settle for his stories, like "Ward number six", or even his short little stories (which are great for quick, disjointed reads).
Biblibio
I've read much of Tolstoy, Gogol, and Pushkin, but by far my favorite 19th century "Russian" author is Chekhov.
Paul Gubany

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Dr. Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was a medical doctor, short story writer and author of great plays. Chekhov is one of the Russian immortals of the nineteenth century along with Pushkin, Gogol, Turgenev, Lermentov, Tosltoy and Doestoevsky.
Chekhov was a playwright in a time when melodramas and the well made plays of the Victorian era were the norm. Chekhov's plays, however read like modern works as this doctor of the human heart probes emotions of everyday men and women dealing with such major issues as: bordedom; the passage of time; love and work. Chekhov is one of this reviewer's favorite literary artists!
The Revised Penguin Edition of five of his plays includes such gems as:
Ivanov: a bored middle aged man who has grown weary of life.
The Seagull-A story of a famous actress; the man who jilted her and a young girl who becomes an actress in Moscow .
Uncle Vanya-He is a man without past or future. he has been exploited by the rich old man whose estate he has managed well for many years. Vanya is incapable of murder, love or suicide. Sonya is the daughter of the old man. She is plain but has a loving heart. Dr. Astrov is a jaded doctor who is also interested in conservation. These are the characters in the play which endure through work. The old professor and his hedonistic wife leave the estate for the city. They are exploiters. The wife named Yelena has physical beauty but inside she is lazy, indolent and self-centered.
Three Sisters-A troika of sisters who are living in a sleepy town of 100,000 longing for the excitement of their home in Moscow. They realize they will never have their dreams fulfilled. They are admirable in that they know life is best lived with busy service in the cause of the community around them.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Garrett Huehner on November 7, 2013
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Very good translations of Chekhov's longest plays. His genius shines through and though he often is difficult to decipher due to changes in modern views of the world, a closer look gives a true look at human frailty.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Rajendran Arumugam on January 14, 2014
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I have read Chekov in various translations at very points in my life, and Chekov's charm and elegance are all in full display in this edition. What I love about Chekov (I'm restricted to translations in English as I have no knowledge of Russian) are his gentle portraits of the human condition and people in their daily lives and struggles. This edition brings the reader into the very distinctive world of Chekov's Russia - and yet relates so well, as all great literature does, to our own.
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By Y. Rennie on August 12, 2014
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This is not a review of the plays, but of the kindle edition. There is no table of contents, so navigation is painful. For a paid kindle product, that's unacceptable.
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