Saturday, September 25, 2021

Gooseberries By Anton Chekhov — Review

“Gooseberries” is a sad story written by famous Russian author Anton Chekhov. The main character, a veterinary surgeon Ivan Ivanich, tells the story of his brother, Nicholai Ivanich, who had the desire to be financially successful. He associated it with living in the countryside and growing gooseberries.

 

The main, visible message for readers, leads to personality degradation and the irreversible loss of the true quality of a rich social life. The wife of Nicholai Ivanich suffered innocently for his idea, before her death. The attitude of the narrator is expressed by the author in this quote: "don't be satisfied, don't let yourself be lulled to sleep! While you are young, strong, wealthy, do not cease to do good! Happiness does not exist, nor should it, and if there is any meaning or purpose in life, they are not in our peddling little happiness, but in something reasonable and grand. Do good!"

 

But some readers find in the narration another moral. They say in comments that a more pleasant figure is the landowner Alekhin, who does his business from morning to evening, not even having the opportunity to wash. He has no time to fly in the clouds, to think about the meaning of life.  His meaning is life - land and to work on it, and the rest, perhaps, does not matter.


 

This is the link to the text of the story:

https://www.colorado.edu/globalstudiesrap/sites/default/files/attached-files/gooseberries_by_anton_chekhov_1898.pdf


Saturday, September 18, 2021

The Coup de Grace by Ambrose Bierce - Review

The short story “The Coup de Grace” by Ambrose Bierce is difficult to read.

It is written well, but it is an uncomfortable read. The plot and actions there are terrible and very unpleasant.

 

The meaning of "coup de grĂ¢ce" (french) is a final blow or shot given to kill a wounded person or animal.

 

The narration includes a detailed scene of human agony and the moral torment of another person. One, turned into a massive pain, having lost his mind, the other has no way to make a choice.

 

The story is very realistic, brutal and cynically harsh as war truly is.


This is a link to the text of the story:

https://americanliterature.com/author/ambrose-bierce/short-story/the-coup-de-grace


Saturday, September 11, 2021

A Father's Story by Andre Dubus — Review

 

“A Father's Story” by American writer Andre Dubus is set in a place in the countryside. The narrator tells about his life in northeastern Massachusetts. Readers can vividly imagine the scenes, pain, grief, and emotions of this period in time.

 

The main character is the man who owns a stable of thirty horses and teaches riding to young people. His wife left with their children. Only his daughter returns to visit the town for summer vacation.

 

The main character expresses his attitude for life, according to conscious and moral principles. When the narrator faces a moral dilemma, the author sets off on a theological evaluation of family values. 

 

Here is the link to the story:

https://mbird.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/AndreDubus_AFathersStory.pdf


Saturday, September 4, 2021

Beware of the Dog by Roald Dahl — Review

The short story “Beware of the Dog” by British writer Roald Dahl was closely connected to the former profession of the author, as he was a pilot. Roald Dahl also wrote a well-known book worldwide for children called “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”.

 

The story includes many vivid descriptions and a suspenseful plot which leads to an unexpected ending. The narration pictures, the actions, the thoughts, the feelings of the main character in detail, and this phrase - "Garde au chien" (beware the dog) stay in the memory after finishing reading.

 

This is a link to the text of the story:

https://www.classicshorts.com/stories/botd.html

 


Saturday, August 28, 2021

Cat Person by Kristen Roupenian — Review

The short story “Cat Person" by Kristen Roupenian was published in December 2017 in The New Yorker. It's a narration about a brief relationship between a twenty-year-old girl and an older man.

As their relationship develops, the girl’s imagination moves rapidly between imagining the guy as the desired person who is impressed by her young beauty to imagining him as a dangerous and murderous brute.

The story is analyzed by many famous mass media such as The BBC, The Washington Post and The Atlantic. It also attracts attention from a large internet audience. This shows that the way this kind of love story is written is related to real feelings which people often experience.



Here is the link to the story:

https://www.newyorker.com/magazine/2017/12/11/cat-person

Saturday, August 21, 2021

A Clean, Well-Lighted Place by Ernest Hemingway — Review

The short story “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place” by Ernest Hemingway doesn’t have a detailed description of the lives of the characters. There are only a few dialogues in the story, but the author leaves readers a place for imagination about the lives of the characters and their emotional state.

If the old man and the older waiter are definitely lonely, then the complete contrast to them is the young waiter hurrying home to his wife. The old man is not a drunkard, he is trying to drown his loneliness in alcohol.

Nevertheless, there is something that unites them: a place where it is clean and light. One possible interpretation of the moral of this story is: if the light in the soul is extinguished, then the person is involuntarily drawn to the place where it is light.

Saturday, August 14, 2021

Forewarned by Saki — Review

The short story Forewarned '' was written by British writer Saki, who is also well known as H. H. Munro, is about prejudice and how powerful these feelings can be.

The story starts with a description of the arrival of the main character, Alethia, for a visit with her cousin. During her trip, a new circumstance appears, which becomes the source of fear for the main heroine. The narration describes the emotions and feelings of Alethia, and through them, readers can see typical, maybe a little exaggerated features of British society.


 

 

This is a link to the text of the story:

http://www.eastoftheweb.com/short-stories/UBooks/Fore.shtml