Monday, January 26, 2009

Anton Chekhov, "The Lady With The Little Dog "

Love and longing in Russia.

IT was said that a new person had appeared on the sea-front: a lady with a little dog.

Chekhov is a master of the short story. I was alerted to this story by watching the movie, The Reader, where it is read to Kate Winslet's character and is also a story she uses to learn to read. I'm not certain about the link to the movie. The story involves a middle aged man falling for a woman nearly half his age. Both, however, are married.

Much of the story involves the juxtaposition of desire and duty. Gurov and Anna seem almost to be selfish people in their actions, however they do not leave their lives or spouses. Chekhov paints a fine portrait of Russia and uses minutia of daily life masterfully in conveying it's opposition to the struggles of this couple. Highly recommended.

Read it here.

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