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As with the review of the Delphi Kindle Gogol Complete Works this is about the Kindle edition, not a review of Chekhov's work. This compilation contains a huge number of Chekhov's short stories, indeed, apparently all of them. The trouble is a lot of them are very, very short. Mostly, they seem to be vignettes, or possibly stories Chekhov started but never really developed, or maybe there is a balance to each one but it hasn't been included. Who knows? We certainly don't, because they haven't given us any information about them. To read them is interesting and informative in itself but it would be nice to find out exactly what is there status. As an aside, years ago in a second hand bookshop I came across a book called 'The Chekhov Notebook'. It was full of story ideas, some of them barely sentence, e.g. "Woman turns into a balloon.", so maybe these incomplete stories are just a bit further along the line than that. Equally there are also lots of letters from Chekhov to various people, family, friends, men of letters, they too seem to be incomplete. Or maybe not, it's hard to tell. In any event, just generally we could do with just a bit of supplementary material. On balance, as with the Gogol, I would say it's all a bit inconclusive because of the lack of explanatory bits and pieces, but still great to read those rarities that are so difficult to track down and, in the final count, one gets a lot of material for a pittance! Like Gogol- good value for money.
Delphi publications are absolutely fantastic. I have a growing collection of them and each one is formatted brilliantly, making it very easy to navigate the text and select individual books and chapters. I particularly like the way Delphi arrange short story collections in both alphabetical and chronological order. This volume on Chekhov contains his complete works. I was particularly interested in his more famous plays and in some of his short stories, which I enjoy reading when I have a short break. I can never work out whether I prefer Chekhov to that other great short story writer: Guy de Maupassant. I often find myself switching between the two. Though so far I have not found a better short story than Chekhov's The Lady with the Dog. I fully recommend this volume and many others published by Delphi for the reasons I have stated above. Five stars, easily. I hope you find my review helpful.
Yes, this is all under Public Domain and available for free online. Check out Project Gutenberg if you dig older literature.
What I like about this collection is how easy it is to access and complete it is for a few dollars. Someone took the time to compile this, so cough up a couple bucks and suck it up.
Chekhov is the person who really opened up my mind to the power of the short story. It's incredible how these stories will build a backdrop, depth and relations with the characters, and essentially display glimpses of humanity in just a few pages. They're all they need to be and nothing more.
This is a solid purchase. If you're hungry though, grab a couple tacos and check out the Gutenberg and you can enjoy it just as much.
I found the other reviews about this ebook very lacking in descriptions. I found them to be untrue as well. Perhaps they were writing about an earlier version of the ebook. There are actually no spelling errors at all, or not more than normally slip by in a printed book of high quality. Everything this item describes in the description is included. The complete stories are not complete but that is only because no one has bothered to translate all of Chekhov's stories into English. The complete collections of Chekhov's stories in English physical books contain just over 200 stories, when in reality there are more than 400. Still 200 stories is enough to comprise 13 volumes of stories. First you should read all of those 200 and then you can complain about the others. So far I have read 16% of this ebook, which amounts to a good majority of the stories. He is one of my top five favorite short story writers. There is such a range of life represented in his stories that anyone, with any belief system and of any age would greatly benefit from reading them. They are very easy to read as well and are never the same or boring. He often writes about things you think only you have thought about. In this way he is able to speak directly to you.
The exclusion of his nonfiction work, The Island of Sakhalin, seems like a deliberate oversight, and a gross one for those of us that enjoy Murakami's praise of it. It is a shame, but seeing as the book is so incredibly rare in English it is no wonder that it was left out. What they do provide in this ebook is the outstanding quality and the impeccable taste that I have come to expect from Delphi Classics. I have bought all of the Delphi Classics so far and have never once been disappointed. I actually bought this ebook when it cost $2.99. Now it is priced at $1.99, but I am not aggravated at all about paying the extra dollar. I would have gladly paid fifty dollars for it because I have already gotten at least a hundred hours of pleasure out of it. These collections from Delphi are wonderful values if you can appreciate the best literature in the world. I would definitely recommend getting the Turgenev, Dostoevsky, Gogol, Tolstoy, Goethe, & Shakespeare collections, since these are better editions than any physical ones in existence.
Here's your chance to read, and discover for yourself, just what makes Chekhov's plays true and unique classics in the world of Drama. He portrays characters who are between the old, staid and rigid class system, and the Russian Revolution to come, in which what was up is down, and what was down is up. You have them all in this one volume, and can compare them to the times in Chekhov's life in which he wrote them - and why actors love them so dearly.