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Five Plays: Ivanov, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard (Oxford World's Classics) Paperback – September 1, 2008
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"Tender, lucent translation that makes Chekhov's characters leap off the page." (Larry Moss)
"Chekhov's desperate, comedic greatness comes through in these versions as never before―and precisely those two qualities are required, for Chekhov is neither infernal tragedy nor trivial farce but a special sort of purgatorial comedy. I sensed this aura for the first time in Brodskaya's translations, and shivered while laughing. This is a contemporary American-English variant of world-famous plays cast at perfect pitch, by a person who sees (as well as hears) words." (Caryl Emerson)
"With Chekhov, there are infinite possibilities in every thought, every interaction. All an actor asks for in a translation is that these possibilities be left open as they are so beautifully here." (Peter Sarsgaard actor)
"[A]nyone who has taught Chekhov's plays or produced them theatrically, certainly anyone with a knowledge of the original texts, must have been frustrated by the marked defects of previous translations. Brodskaya's translation allows us to discover Chekhovian precision and the impact of his strategic word-choices, together with the light these shine on the fabric of modern drama and communication. It is deeply attuned to the spirit of Chekhov's language and his compassionate observation of humans caught in the net of their own habits and blind spots, striving to stop, cause, or foresee the huge change that has already engulfed them." (Monika Greenleaf from her Notes on the Translation)
"Brodskaya's translation reads easily and naturally... If you haven't read [Chekhov], read him. If you have, it's always a good time to read him again." (Bob Blaisdell San Francisco Chronicle)
"In these superlative translations, Marina Brodskaya succeeds in letting Chekhov speak for himself. Her sensitivity to Chekhov's concise and delicate language allows the beauty of his writing to shine through in a way which is wonderfully redolent of the original Russian." (Rosamund Bartlett author of Chekhov: Scenes From a Life, translator of About Love and Other Stories, and Founding Director of the Anton Chekhov Foundation) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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Anton Pavlovich Chekhov was a physician, major Russian short story writer and playwright.
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The Three Sisters play was originally done in 1990 and was one of Chekhov last plays before his life came to an end. The book does not state the reason for this book and the meaning behind it. However, what I can concluded about it is that their are these three sisters that don't enjoy their lives anymore and are dreaming of a new place where they can become happy. Even though things may not always go in there favor they still seem to have such a positive attitude about everything. The point of view of this book is written in third-person omniscient when it comes to the narrator and first-person when it comes to each character telling their story. For me this was hard to follow along, maybe it is because me personally I'm not used to reading books in a plat format. The wording in it was also hard to following, for instance some of the words were from that time period when it was first written. It defiantly was a drama, just because there was so much going on with each character and there issues and struggles. There are some ways I can relate to this book in a way I can understand when your not happy with how your life is going and you just need change but sometimes you have settle for what you have. For recommending this book, I would not. My reasoning is because I did not enjoying readying this book, it was hard to following and parts were hard to understand the storyline.
Given the title of this book it talks about three sisters. From readying this story I believe the theme is all about dreams and how you truly want to live your life. Life may not go your way and their will be bumps in the road but if your still have that dream in mind you may just get it one day. Another theme I picked was isolation, this is due too the sisters wanting to move to Moscow but won't be able to.They feel isolated from everyone around them because people don't see things they way they see things. There is also the theme of love and marriage between the sisters. Some Love can't be because it wouldn't be right. When reading this story I see a journey for these three sisters, that not everything may go their way but they still keep their heads high and stay positive with their current situations.
Since this book is based off a play it uses a lot of descriptions for instance it tells when a character acts on something so when Chebutikin is talking with Irina and he shows affection for her it will say "Kisses her hands, tenderly." It describes when each character reaches for something or even just the slightest laugh. This way it gives the readers an idea of how things are going in the story and can actually picture it. The beginning of each act the narrator gives you a sense of the setting happening and the place where the act is going on. Describing this to audience through a book allows them to picture in their heads of the place and how the characters interact with each other. The author makes sure to present exposition by giving details about how each character is feeling for instance the part that stood out to me was when Vershinin was describing how he rushed home after hearing about the fire and when he got home seeing his daughters. There was so much emotion in just this part that you were able to understand exactly how he was feeling through all the details. The author of course needs to be able to convince his audience of the story and they way he does that is through each character and how many little details were put into the story. It is the little details that make the story come to life and makes the audience believe their actually there living it through the characters.
The one thing I did not enjoy was how it ended because it left you guessing with how it turned out for the sisters, I would of like a little more detail on if they ever really were able to make it to Moscow because to me it seemed like Moscow was not completely off the table and they could eventually move there. Of course this book can relate to a lot of issues in this world whether it is now or back then. It shows that for some they strive to leave a bad situation and where there not happy but things get in they way of letting that happen. For instance certain time periods did not allow their people to leave there country so it prevented them to leave and start a new life. The main thing I did not like about this story was how many characters their were and how it jumped back and forth so much, it was hard to keep tract of each character. I feel like it should of focused on the sisters more and not having all these extra characters.
Anton Chekhov is a Russian playwright and short story writer and was considered to be the one the greatest writers of short fiction history. All four of his plays are similar in that all four stories talk about love, tragedy, loneliness, wanting something different. It was said that he made no apologizes for the difficulties these stories posed to the readers, he insisted that the roles of the artists were to ask questions, not to answer them. It was also said that his stories were wonderful and necessary. He produced masterpieces, stories that shrive but also move the audiences. It laid bare to emotions in ways only true art can accomplish. This is defiantly true, I see that through his work. Only read one of his stories I can tell he was passionate about telling these stories and making sure it told a story that made people think about maybe there own lives.
Overall I would not recommend this book because me personally had a hard time reading the book but I do understand how the author wanted to portray this story. He wanted to show the desire of wanting something different in our lives and maybe things might get in the way of those dreams but we still have to have faith that it will happen one day. He used narration well to help give the audience the feel of each character and giving us the feeling of the setting between all of them. The ending left me questioning a lot of things maybe that was his plan but for me when I read a story I don't want to be questioning what I just read. Although even though it was a hard read for me I still was able to learn something from it, which is never give up on a dream even if things get in the way.
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