from The House with the Mezzanine and other Stories, by Anton Tchekoff, translated by S. S. Koteliansky and Gilbert Cannan, Charles Scribner’s Sons, Gooseberries. By Anton Chekhov. From early morning the sky had been overcast with clouds;Đ°the day was still, cool, and wearisome, as usual on grey, dull days. 11 Dec Comfort reading: Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov. Chekhov’s story of happiness, self-deception and cruelty is not a reassuring read, but the.

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To ask other readers questions about Gooseberriesplease sign up. But as he saves money his avarice grows, his dream becomes less modest. In the central story, GooseberriesIvan Ivanych tells a story about happiness, self-deception chfkhov cruelty.

He was already accustomed to it, had grown used to it, and liked it. Money, like vodka, makes a man queer. It’s about a young woman, Sofya, who marries for money and not for love, and is quite unhappy with her choice but can’t go back now. It may also be a case that Chekhov is contrasting selfless with selfish.

When the generals and ladies gazed down from their gilt frames, looking in the dusk as though they were alive, it was dreary to listen to the story of the poor clerk who ate gooseberries.


Ivan Ivanovich tells how he visited Nikolai, and how depressing it goosbeerries for him to see this apparently happy man, now fat and flabby, living in what he imagined to be his earthly paradise, referring to himself as ‘we, noblemen’ and experiencing sheer delight which brings tears to his eyes, when his cook, as fat and pig-like as he is, delivers him a plateful of gooseberries. Only the latter is required of an author.

Oct 24, Surabhi rated it it was amazing Shelves: He dressed, and led me out to show me the estate.

Want to Read Currently Reading Read. At no stage in the story is Nikolay thinking about anybody but himself. He is disturbed by the unhappiness of so many underprivileged people in the world and regrets him not being young anymore to do anything about it.


Gooseberries is a wonderful collection of short stories from Chekhov and is actually the first piece of Russian literature I have read. Ivan Ivanovich Chimsha-Gimalayski, a veterinary surgeon, tells the story of his younger brother Nikolai Ivanovich. This one was a Tiki Party and turn of the century Russian stories.

The illusion which exalts us is dearer to us than ten thousand truths. At the story’s end, as rain beats against the windows, Burkin lies in bed. Nikolai orders and plants 20 gooseberry bushes. I am pleased to have given him a try.

At A Summer Villa. No longer is he the meek clerk working for the government.

Aug 21, Michelle rated it really liked it. Still with the same object of buying a farm and having gooseberries, he married an elderly and ugly widow without a trace of feeling for her, simply because she had filthy lucre. But there is another, more enigmatic layer to Chekhov’s story, one that perhaps only rereading unearths. The only way gooxeberries live a purposeful gooaeberries is by being kind to others unto death.

They take us from a balloon ride over Victorian London to a garden of blossom in Japan, from Tierra del Fuego to 16th-century California and the Russian steppe. Ivan returns to a story about his brother Nikolai that he had first begun telling Burkin just before the rain began.

It is a bitter story about a “kind, meek man”, a civil servant, who nurtured a dream to retire to a modest plot in the country where he would live a simple life and grow gooseberries.

If you want to buy a little black classic, i highly recommend this one. Are Nikolai’s happiness on his farm and, in a smaller way, Ivan’s happiness in the pond related?

Comfort reading: Gooseberries by Anton Chekhov

I, too, used to say that science was light, that culture was essential, but for the simple people reading and writing was enough for the time. They will become selfish and lose contact with what is important in life, helping another human being. This is what penguin black classics all should be like. Agatha Christie used its characters and atmosphere in her mystery novel The Murder of Roger Ackroyd And, you know, whoever has once in his life caught perch or has seen the migrating of the thrushes in autumn, watched how they float in flocks over the village on bright, cool days, he will never be a real townsman, and will have a yearning for freedom to the day of his death.

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Something that he eventually achieves though the process of buying the farm changes Nikolay. Ivan’s behaviour irritates Burkin and Alekhin, who find it “boring to hear a story about a wretched official who ate gooseberries”.

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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 watermill was at work, drowning the sound of the rain; the dam was shaking.

Maybe I’m not the best person to review his work, I could never be objective, I just agree with him on so many things, it’s not about how he writes it’s about what he says. And this yearning by degrees passed into a definite desire, into a dream of buying himself a little farm somewhere on the banks of a river or a lake.

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You look at life: Chekhov manages to creating a whole world around Ryabovich and the kiss, but does it so subtly we hardly notice it. Who Was To Blame? There are entries in Chekhov’s notebooks that suggest there was a long history behind “Gooseberries”. Then I heard he was married. However, he was defended chemhov such leading writers as Leo Tolstoy and Nikolai Leskov.

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