Friday, January 23, 2009

Chekhov

One of twelve on Goal #4 is complete.

The Russian sense of life is incredibly dark, and gloomy, but Chekhov is a master at using concrete images to create a mood. Plot begins to disappear in some of his stories, but characterization is good.

Next up: James’ The Bostonians

1 comment:

Myrhaf said...

Chekhov is a brilliant short story writer, up there with Maupassant, Maugham and Fitzgerald. He might be the ultimate naturalist; he doesn't try to make big thematic statements and his plots are are minimal. But he is vastly superior to the naturalists of the 20th century. His characters often fail, but at least they have some great values they strive for. In the 20th century you lose that grandeur and end up with concrete-bound characters arguing about peanut butter or whatever.