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Now this was a pessimistic short story, but, in a sense, realistic Chekhov suggests that happiness is flawed and is meaningless The only way a man can be happy is by shutting out the misfortune of others, and living in a state of ignorant bliss But, according to him, this gives no real purpose to life The only way to live a purposeful life is by being kind to others unto death This is all brought to the realisation of the narrator through a gooseberry Yes, a gooseberry I like the way thi Now this was a pessimistic short story, but, in a sense, realistic Chekhov suggests that happiness is flawed and is meaningless The only way a man can be happy is by shutting out the misfortune of others, and living in a state of ignorant bliss But, according to him, this gives no real purpose to life The only way to live a purposeful life is by being kind to others unto death This is all brought to the realisation of the narrator through a gooseberry Yes, a gooseberry I like the way this was done because it shows the self serving nature of happiness The narrator s brother has absolutely disgusting gooseberries but, to him, they re the fruit of the gods He has convinced himself that they are delicious This is juxtaposed against how he has shut out the realities of the world he has shut out the realities of how a gooseberry should taste His happiness has only been achieved by ignoring the poverty and destitution of Russia Comparatively, his fine gooseberries have only been created by ignoring how a proper tasting gooseberry should taste His happiness simply serves himselfThe illusion which exalts us is dearer to us than ten thousand truthsThis is a grim ethos because it is impossible to change all the misfortunes of the world He, essentially, says that no man should be happy whilst others suffer That s all well and good, but people will always suffer it s a horrible truth of human existence So, by his logic, no man has the right to happiness because of it This is a bleak outlook, and an unfair observation of the world The narrator s brother has worked hard all his life he may be cold and stingy, but doesn t he have a right to enjoy the fruit of his labours He cannot change poverty nor world hunger His happiness may be selfish, but it is happiness he has earnt Should he be miserable and destitute simply because others are I liked this short story simply because it was thought provoking I think Chekov s observations are true and stark, thought they essentially say we should all dothan achieve happiness This again is true but, unobtainable Most people are selfish and that s just life, unfortunately I won t be reading any of Chekhov in the future because I found his work to be a little too depressing and pessimistic for my taste Penguin Little Black Classic 34 The Little Black Classic Collection by penguin looks like it contains lots of hidden gems I couldn t help it they looked so good that I went and bought them all I shall post a short review after reading each one No doubt it will take me several months to get through all of them Hopefully I will find some classic authors, from across the ages, that I may not have come across had I not bought this collection The water raced past and he did not know where or why it had flowed just as swiftly in May, when it grew from a little stream into a large river, flowed into the sea, evaporated and turned into rain Perhaps this was the same water flowing past To what purpose And the whole world, the whole of life, struck Ryabovich as a meaningless, futile joke As he turned his eyes from water to the sky, he remembered how fate had accidentally caressed him in the guise of an unknown woman He recalled the The water raced past and he did not know where or why it had flowed just as swiftly in May, when it grew from a little stream into a large river, flowed into the sea, evaporated and turned into rain Perhaps this was the same water flowing past To what purpose And the whole world, the whole of life, struck Ryabovich as a meaningless, futile joke As he turned his eyes from water to the sky, he remembered how fate had accidentally caressed him in the guise of an unknown woman He recalled the dreams and visions of that summer and his life seemed terribly empty, miserable, colourless Uplifting illusion is dearer to us than a host of truthsPushkin quoted in Chekhov s Gooseberries Vol N 34 of my Penguin Little Black Classics Box Set This volume contains excerpts from Penguin s three book collection of Chekhov s short stories tr Ronald Wilks The following are the three stories included in Vol 34 1 The Kiss 2 The Two Volodyas 3 Gooseberries I really enjoyed each of these, but LOVED Gooseberries a story nested in a story and The Two VolodyasUplifting illusion is dearer to us than a host of truthsPushkin quoted in Chekhov s Gooseberries Vol N 34 of my Penguin Little Black Classics Box Set This volume contains excerpts from Penguin s three book collection of Chekhov s short stories tr Ronald Wilks The following are the three stories included in Vol 34 1 The Kiss 2 The Two Volodyas 3 Gooseberries I really enjoyed each of these, but LOVED Gooseberries a story nested in a story and The Two Volodyas Chekhov nails the human condition in each of these His tone is perfect He carries the reader carefully, with a bit of humor even, to exactly where he wants them and then with the perfect sentence kills and buries his literary novice One of my favorite sentences, that seems as fresh and new as a mid May strawberry or FINE gooseberry isEverything is calm and peaceful and the only protest comes from statistics and they can t talk Every fraction of life is a drama, and put together it s a tragedy What establishes Chekhov as a master of short story writing is that he knows how to dissolve the rhythm of everyday reality, take one fraction of life experience, and through some imaginary projection make it seem like an emotional and psychic tragedy that reflect all There is an intrinsic deceptiveness in this method because the writer needs to dupe the readers into believing that a slice of life experience bears the quality t Every fraction of life is a drama, and put together it s a tragedy What establishes Chekhov as a master of short story writing is that he knows how to dissolve the rhythm of everyday reality, take one fraction of life experience, and through some imaginary projection make it seem like an emotional and psychic tragedy that reflect all There is an intrinsic deceptiveness in this method because the writer needs to dupe the readers into believing that a slice of life experience bears the quality that pervades the entire life duration and thus has weight of significance Gooseberries is my favorite Chekhov short story partly because it is simultaneously a drama of short duration and a tragedy that incorporates the entire experience The story of Ivan at his brother Nikolay s estate is a short drama for Ivan but a long tragedy for Nikolay Nikolay s unconscious tragedy hidden behind the appearance of happiness is vague and incommunicable in itself, but through Ivan s dramatic experience and the evendramatic telling of it which turns Nikolay s tragedy into a universal tragedy for all human beings, the reader grasps its sense Why doesn t Ivan tell a tragedy of his own to communicate his point Because he doesn t have a tragedy but only a drama which he believes to be a tragedy Is dramatic tragedy or tragic drama possible Maybe in the style of Homeric epic, which means the answer is no Brings a lot to mind The happiness of those who are well off The silent pain of the poor The indifference of the middle class There will never not be poverty in this world There will never not be someone or a family struggling to get by There will never not be someone striving for their dreams or those who are able to obtain those dreams and look down at those who didn t make it There will never not be someone who strongly, above all else, wants to be free and just out in the world It s Brings a lot to mind The happiness of those who are well off The silent pain of the poor The indifference of the middle class There will never not be poverty in this world There will never not be someone or a family struggling to get by There will never not be someone striving for their dreams or those who are able to obtain those dreams and look down at those who didn t make it There will never not be someone who strongly, above all else, wants to be free and just out in the world It s crazy how much has not changed in all this time Maybe, one day Not today I hope for all those who come after me that the world will be a better place for them Not without consequence but without greed and harm.I enjoyed this story Another story I ll probably be thinking about for a while Three very enjoyable short stories Chekhov is a wonderful writer. Three touching short stories The first one about a meek man experiencing the first stirring of romance was my favourite They re all about the human condition, our ability to feel, deceive, ignore I shall definitely be readingChekhov soon. &Free ✗ Gooseberries ☔ Oh, good God, he kept saying with great relish Good God Gooseberries is accompanied here by The Kiss and The Two Volodyas three exquisite depictions of love and loss in nineteenth century Russia by Chekhov, the great master of the short story form Introducing Little Black Classicsbooks for Penguin s th birthday Little Black Classics celebrate the huge range and diversity of Penguin Classics, with books from around the world and across many centuries They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to th century California and the Russian steppe Here are stories lyrical and savage poems epic and intimate essays satirical and inspirational and ideas that have shaped the lives of millions Anton Chekhov Chekhov s works available in Penguin Classics are The Steppe and Other Stories, Ward Noand Other Stories, The Lady with the Little Dog and Other Stories, The Shooting Party, Plays and A Life in Letters This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here view spoiler Bettie s Books hide spoiler view spoiler Bettie s Books hide spoiler This is my first encounter with Chekhov and while the stories were not great, he has aroused the need in me to read him in greater depth A little primer something better to come