Ward No And Other Stories Collects Stories Which Show Anton Chekhov Beginning To Confront Complex, Ambiguous And Often Extreme Emotions In His Short Fiction This Penguin Classics Edition Is Translated With Notes By Ronald Wilks, And An Introduction By J Douglas Clayton These Stories From The Middle Period Of Chekhov S Career Include Influenced By His Own Experiences As A Doctor Ward No , A Savage Indictment Of The Medical Profession Set In A Mental Hospital The Black Monk , Portraying An Academic Who Has Strange Hallucinations, Explores Ideas Of Genius And Insanity Murder , In Which Religious Fervour Leads To Violence While In The Student , Chekhov S Favourite Story, A Young Man Recounts A Tale From The Gospels And Undergoes A Spiritual Epiphany In All The Stories Collected Here, Chekhov S Characters Face Madness, Alienation And Frustration Before They Experience Brief, Ephemeral Moments Of Insight, Often Earned At Great Cost, Where They Confront The Reality Of Their Existence This Is The Second In Three Chronological Volumes Of Chekhov S Short Stories In Penguin ClassicsRonald Wilks S Lucid Translation Is Accompanied By An Introduction Discussing The Increasingly Experimental Style Of Chekhov S Writing During This Time This Edition Also Contains An Annotated Bibliography, Chronology And Explanatory Notes Anton Chekhov Was Born In Taganrog, A Port On The Sea Of Azov In He Travelled To Moscow, Where He Entered The Medical Faculty Of The University, Graduating In During His University Years, He Supported His Family By Contributing Humorous Stories And Sketches To Magazines He Published His First Volume Of Stories, Motley Tales , In , And A Year Later His Second Volume In The Twilight , For Which He Received The Pushkin Prize Today His Plays, Including Uncle Vanya , The Seagull , And The Cherry Orchard Are Recognised As Masterpieces The World Over If You Enjoyed Ward No , You Might Like Nikolai Gogol S The Diary Of A Madman, The Government Inspector And Selected Stories , Also Available In Penguin Classics . The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperationHenry David ThoreauSo too do the mass of Chekhov s compelling, endearing, entirely relatable characters Suffering, misfortune, and loneliness relentlessly plague most of the unhappy souls you ll meet within these pagesLayers of sediment seemed to be forming around his heart and after every visit he felt that the sediment was reaching ever higher, towards his throatDespite their miseries, they fervently strive to live as best they can, earnestly searching for answers and some sort of meaning, a reason for all of the unremitting toil, hardship, sorrow, and confusion Like us, they seldom hear any meaningful, intelligible response to their questions By and large, the universe appears silent and indifferent to their passionate, plaintive queries Oftentimes,all one feels is emptiness all around and the wretchedness of life slowly slipping byRest assured, you won t find any of those inane, neat and tidy happy endings here And thank god It s actually quite refreshing to find a writer who s willing to admit that sometimes, life is just shitty, and there s really nothing you can do but endure it Not every problem has a ready solution, and maybe that s okay At any rate, these fascinating human beings, who grapple with so many fundamental, timeless, universal issues, are brought to life quickly and vividly by Chekhov s astoundingly powerful writing He knew exactly which details to include so that you could genuinely see a person, recognize them, identify with them, and feel their struggles as your own His truly unforgettable characters, most of whom are endowed with lovable though at times admittedly exasperating quirks and eccentricities, were created with evident compassion and affection These striking creations burst right off the page, radiantly, vigorously alive, and proceed to take up residence in the reader s heart as well.In addition to the rich, vibrant characters, Chekhov s prose itself is also a pure delight As one of his own protagonists so eloquently stated, when discussing Guy de Maupassant s writing,in order to be carried away you have to savour it, slowly squeeze the juice from each line, drinkThe same can certainly be said for Chekhov his words are meant to be relished, basked in, inhabited He wrote very thoughtfully, with great care, and every single sentence feels artfully placed, exquisitely phrased, and perfectly, wonderfully right..Overall, this collection completely blew me away The stories are captivating, stimulating, moving, on occasion unexpectedly, charmingly humorous, and, above all else, real They don t shy away from painful truths, from the mess and uncertainty of life And they have so much depth to them, I frequently found myself still thinking about the intriguing social, psychological, and philosophical concerns that were raised, and about characters I d grown fond of, for days afterwards I feel that I will carry them with me always, and I m immensely grateful for that This kind of intense reaction to literature is precious and, to an extent, impossible to effectively communicate or describe to others As such, this meager review can t even begin to convey what these stories are really like You ll just have to read them yourself With Chekhov as your guide, you ll wander through and fearlessly plumb the depths of that grand, illimitable landscape, the beautifully Russian human spirit You won t soon forget the views. , Henrik Ibsen 19 6 19 . review of the title story onlyI wonder if I would give Plato s Allegory of the Cave 3 stars if I read it now I remember being profoundly impacted by that one when reading it in junior high maybe it s an age thing these days I read mainly for enjoyment not edification, and ratings are funny when it comes to that 3 stars is a fine rating by me it means I liked it well enough and may even recommend it but I d never consider re reading it maybe if I had read this one but was a different person say, if I wasn t the choir to whom this book preaches about mindless hypocrisy and the foolish cupidity of governmental systems or, to go deeper, if I was haunted by not finding a purpose in life perhaps the novella s themes would have impact this is the third classic of existential dread and the shallowness of life or certain lives that I ve read in the past year the other two were Camus The Fall and Dostoevsky s Notes from Underground I really enjoyed the former because of its stylistic flair and subtle empathy I despised the latter because of its repellent thesis that mankind is basically an insect colony Ward No 6 questions the substance of lives frozen by inaction and that complacently pay attention to form over meaning, despite knowing better there was neither prose that sung nor a message that stung, although there was a cunningly characterized protagonist and a plot that read like a trap being slowly, inevitably sprung I admired the design of the piece but could only shrug at the message it must suck to have a meaningless life full of hypocrisy and to wind up stuck in a mental hospital as a living symbol of all such hypocrites who complacently let things happen to them and everyone around them, for sure.6 of 16 in Sixteen Short Novels To be different is a disease On the grey background you must be grey otherwise they will see you and you will be eaten.My only illness is that in twenty years I ve found only one intelligent man in the whole town, and he s mad There is no illness at all, I simply got into a magic circle that I can t get out of It makes no difference to me, I m ready for everything Ward No 6 seems to be the most merciless and dark story by Anton Chekhov With his sharp eye he could see any psychological quirks and weaknesses in human nature and showed them to the others with an implacable precision and at that he always managed to remain sympathetic towards a little man.So due his unique mastery a great many contemporary short story writers literally followed in his footsteps. 1 1 1 2 2.3 6, 19 , 21. I was going along not meddling with anyone, and all at once such an affliction Every story in this collection is a towering achievement, every one makes the case for Chekhov as the greatest short story writer ever All stories tie together to convey that human misery is a never ending WHY Why, even in the time of great rejoicing, a man cannot forget his sorrows Why sit in comfort doing nothing Why the nightingales don t sing tonight Why does the heart grieve and refuse to listen to reason Why does one want to weep bitterly Why joke Why lie Why love Why silence Why misery A kaleidoscopic vision of the world as a suffering ward that turns people into cold hearted lunatics crying, leaping, mumbling, screaming, lying simply to forget some miseries and remember some others Oh Chekhov Such a damned comprehension of life which happens to be the reality 6 Palata nomer shest Ward No 6 and Other Stories, Anton ChekhovWard No 6 is an 1892 short story by Anton Chekhov The story was first published in the No.11, November 1892 issue of Russkaya Mysl The story is set in a provincial mental asylum and explores the philosophical conflict between Ivan Gromov, a patient, and Andrey Ragin, the director of the asylum Gromov denounces the injustice he sees everywhere, while Dr Ragin insists on ignoring injustice and other evils partially as a result of this way of thinking, he neglects to remedy the shoddy conditions of the mental ward Eventually Ragin s mental health deteriorates He himself becomes a patient of the asylum and dies soon thereafter 2010 6 1383 246 9646205488 1386 1387 19 6. 6 ,.
was born in the small seaport of Taganrog, southern Russia, the son of a grocer Chekhov s grandfather was a serf, who had bought his own freedom and that of his three sons in 1841 He also taught himself to read and write Yevgenia Morozova, Chekhov s mother, was the daughter of a cloth merchant When I think back on my childhood, Chekhov recalled, it all seems quite gloomy to me His early years were shadowed by his father s tyranny, religious fanaticism, and long nights in the store, which was open from five in the morning till midnight He attended a school for Greek boys in Taganrog 1867 68 and Taganrog grammar school 1868 79 The family was forced to move to Moscow following his father s bankruptcy At the age of 16, Chekhov became independent and remained for some time alone in his native town, supporting himself through private tutoring.In 1879 Chekhov entered the Moscow University Medical School While in the school, he began to publish hundreds of comic short stories to support himself and his mother, sisters and brothers His publisher at this period was Nicholas Leikin, owner of the St Petersburg journal Oskolki splinters His subjects were silly social situations, marital problems, farcical encounters between husbands, wives, mistresses, and lovers, whims of young women, of whom Chekhov had not much knowledge the author was was shy with women even after his marriage His works appeared in St Petersburg daily papers, Peterburskaia gazeta from 1885, and Novoe vremia from 1886.Chekhov s first novel, Nenunzhaya pobeda 1882 , set in Hungary, parodied the novels of the popular Hungarian writer M r J kai As a politician J kai was also mocked for his ideological optimism By 1886 Chekhov had gained a wide fame as a writer His second full length novel, The Shooting Party, was translated into English in 1926 Agatha Christie used its characters and atmosphere in her mystery novel The Murder of Roger Ackroyd 1926.Chekhov graduated in 1884, and practiced medicine until 1892 In 1886 Chekhov met H.S Suvorin, who invited him to become a regular contributor for the St Petersburg daily Novoe vremya His friendship with Suvorin ended in 1898 because of his objections to the anti Dreyfus campaingn conducted by paper But during these years Chechov developed his concept of the dispassionate, non judgemental author He outlined his program in a letter to his brother Aleksandr 1 Absence of lengthy verbiage of political social economic nature 2 total objectivity 3 truthful descriptions of persons and objects 4 extreme brevity 5 audacity and originality flee the stereotype 6 compassion Chekhov s first book of stories 1886 was a success, and gradually he became a full time writer The author s refusal to join the ranks of social critics arose the wrath of liberal and radical intellitentsia and he was criticized for dealing with serious social and moral questions, but avoiding giving answers However, he was defended by such leading writers as Leo Tolstoy and Nikolai Leskov I m not a liberal, or a conservative, or a gradualist, or a monk, or an indifferentist I should like to be a free artist and that s all Chekhov said in 1888.The failure of his play The Wood Demon 1889 and problems with his novel made Chekhov to withdraw from literature for a period In 1890 he travelled across Siberia to remote prison island, Sakhalin There he conducted a detailed census of some 10,000 convicts and settlers condemned to live their lives on that harsh island Chekhov hoped to use the results of his research for his doctoral dissertation It is probable that hard conditions on the island also weakened his own physical condition From this journey was born his famous travel book T
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