Thursday, September 13, 2012

The Lady with the Dog and Other Stories by Anton Chekhov

Free US/UK Kindle Classic

Anton Chekhov is one of the greatest playwrights who ever lived.  Shakespeare, Chekhov, Ibsen, Stoppard, Williams - your list may vary, but chances are Chekhov is on it.  (This is not my complete list!)

Here is your chance to sample eight of his short stories in The Lady with the Dog and Other Stories. (US Edition)  (UK Edition)   The title story is from 1899.  The Russian writer is translated here by that most famous of Russian translators, Constance Garnett.

  And afterwards he met her in the public gardens and in the square several times a day. She was walking alone, always wearing the same béret, and always with the same white dog; no one knew who she was, and every one called her simply "the lady with the dog."

"If she is here alone without a husband or friends, it wouldn't be amiss to make her acquaintance," Gurov reflected.

He was under forty, but he had a daughter already twelve years old, and two sons at school. He had been married young, when he was a student in his second year, and by now his wife seemed half as old again as he.

Not unlike characters from some of his plays who regret the decisions of their youth - usually having to do with their choice of spouse.

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