Plays by Chekhov, Second Series On the High Road, The Proposal, The Wedding, The Bear, A Tragedian In Spite of Himself, The Anniversary, The Three Sisters, The Cherry Orchard - The Original Classic Edition
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This translation, which incorporates the original vernacular seamlessly into a contemporary translation, is by FAR the finest translation of Chekhovs plays (especially *Uncle Vanya*) I have ever read, or am likely to. As a professor of dramatic literature, I will never again teach Chekhov without assigning my students this fine edition--may it long stay in print.
Chekhov had his own unique style in that his plays were usually mere verbal interaction with most significant action taking place offstage. Even though most of his plays, especially his four act plays, take place at rich, country houses far removed from any sort of normal life, he seems to pick out timeless themes of humanness in several characters and weave them together into an almost plotless commentary. The fact that his plays have endured as long as they have are a testament to his genius and his skill at seeing timeless ideas.
Chekhovs long plays are always revered and remembered as classics but this collection gives the reader a chance to see what an unbelievable short play writer he was. They have their own special feel apart from his longer works and give short little insights to the comedy and often comedic tragedy of human nature and human absurdity.
The Cherry Orchard, the Seagull, and Uncle Vanya are classic four acts by Chekhov but dont overlook Ivanov. It was one of his earlier ones and one of my favorites. Chekhov does a good job of making several unique characters and having them react around the central situation and an older man and a younger woman give you an interesting view at an interesting love story.
For short plays I would recommend The Bear, The Proposal, and A Reluctant Tragic Hero. Especially in the Proposal Chekhovs comedy is especially portrayed.
This collection is an all-around great read. Well worth reading this collection of one of the best playwrights.
- Emereo Publishing, October 2012
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