Just started reading his short stories ... I always thought I wasn't one for the Russians having not enjoyed them in highschool and college, but I have to say, I love the darkness in this man's soul, his humor, his clever, bitter, and terrible ironies.
Why didn't any of you tell me to read him earlier? I'm shocked and disappointed in you people. Utterly.
Trisha, I may have to try Chekhov again. The Russians were always too dark for me, and my father's side is Russian The French were about as dark & clever as I was willing to go. How many college students go through an existential phase and think they are clever? Oh, well.
I think all college students and most high schoolers go through that phase. It's a right of passage that we older folk look on with patronizing nods and wry smiles. Remember when you were young and knew everything?
I'm 32 and it just came to my attention rather recently that I don't know a damn thing. About anything. But just knowing how terribly ignorant I am somehow makes me feel a tiny bit smarter.
As for Chekhov, well, what do we learn from happy endings? Besides, didn't you hear? Jaded is the new black *snerk*
I'm almost 50 and it amazes me every day more how clueless I was, am, will be. And back to the subject of Chekhov, I could have sworn that not only had I read him, but that I loved what I read, but now, for the life of me, I can't remember what it was I read, or if I did at all. I'm so confused!!!!
It takes 43 muscles to frown and 17 to smile, but it doesn't take any to just sit there with a dumb look on your face.