Short Stories by Anton Chekhov: Bk.2: Talent and Other Stories Audio CD – Jan 17 2010
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Chekhov (1860 - 1904) "was considered Russian's most cherished storyteller and one of the greatest dramatists of all time." Through comedy, Chekhov wanted people to take an in-depth look at how dreary their lives were so they would create something better for themselves.
Chaikovskiy (1840-1893) "in 1891 the Carnegie Hall program booklet proclaimed him to be one of the greatest living musicians".
1) Talent (12:03)
Egor Savitch is an artist, full of melancholy and boredom. He is scuzzy looking and without funds. Egor is moving to town tomorrow. The landlady's daughter is his only adoring female, but an artist doesn't marry. He must be free to create (but he doesn't create anything". He is a dreamer, but not an achiever. And it sounds like he is not much of a painter either.
2) Anyuta (11:05)
A medical student, Cletchkoff, allows a thin 25 year old brunette model, Anyuta to live with him. He (medically) checks out her ribs as she twitches and shivers in her cold nakedness. Cletchkoff lends her to a painter and decides to dump her out of the apartment when she returns. When she cries, he begins to feel guilty and lets her stay--at least for now.
3) The Helpmate (16:xx)
A old doctor discovers a telegram from a man to his 27 year old wife, translates it, and does not like what he finds. But she doesn't want a divorce, she just wants a passport--for her and her "little foot"!
4) Ivan Matveyitch (14:00)
A man of learning is upset about his boy secretary (Ivan) being incredibly late, again. The man of learning gives Ivan a mouthful when he finally arrives. Expecting Ivan to be ready to work/write when he arrives, the man of learning continues but Ivan is not very speedy and both are often distracted and drift off into short conversational topics, such as how Ivan catches tarantulas in his spare time.
5) Polinka (11:37)
In the Paris shopping district in the early afternoon, young dressmaker Polinka visits a dressmaker's supply shop. Nicoli always takes her order. As he does so this time, he tells her he no longer intends to see her, since she has taken up daily walks with that young student who is only using her.
The sound affects, music, and accents are all wonderful and interjected in just the right places. Max Bollinger, a Russian born actor from London, has such a wonderful clear Russian accent as he reads this audio book in English. His pronunciation and voice inflections are wonderful and distinctive. His timing is perfect. Max brings these stories alive without overpowering them. You can easily "see" the characters in this audio book as he tells the stories. This audio book is great to listen to at any time, but especially when driving alone in the car, riding the Metro or the Subway.
This very solid installment in Max Bollinger's series includes Chekhov's 'Talent', 'Anyunta', 'The Helpmate', 'Ivan Matveyitch', and 'Polinka'. The stories are each in the range of ten minutes in length (some a bit longer as in the postlude of Tchaikovky's piano music at the end of 'The Talent'), but the variety of tales and the variations in the voices Bollinger uses makes the just over an hour of a CD pass like a breeze. It would be difficult to imagine a more verismo atmosphere to these great stories than that Max Bollinger offers the listener. This is echt Russian and a brilliant homage to Chekhov's artistry. Highly Recommended. Grady Harp, February 10
It contained five short stories, each with its own colorful characters. In all of the short stories Chekhov managed to portray easily the 'average human'. This was either in the form of the selfish student or the confident artist, each moving in circles that have been traveled before and yet neither aware of their own ignorance. All of the short stories contain their own morals and leave much to the interpretation of the reader. In short the cd is food for thought and will have the listener considering each stories implications even after the tale has ended.
The reader of this tale also speaks clearly with an accent that seems to create the perfect atmosphere for each of the tales. This audiobook was thoroughly enjoyed and has encouraged me to look further into the life and short stories of Anton Chekhov.
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