Anton Chekhov brings together 13 short stories in this enjoyable book, “The Beauties,” an excellent lecture on a calm Sunday.
When we got the book from Pushkin Press, I was first attracted by the name of it, as one of my favorite concerns in life is discovering the beauty of people from all around the world. And Chekhov couldn’t do a better job of helping me imagine and understand the magic around Russian fineness.
13 stories as a pleasurable lecture experience
These are not some romantic stories, as other books we used to review on this blog. Here are 13 tales with or without introductions, which don’t seem to have a logic on how they were chosen or arranged, but together they come as one of the most important short stories of all time.
Some of them are set in place or time, while others are enigmatic in this sense and independent of any plot. But you need to know that nothing happens twice and each story is different.
As some examples, there are stories which talk about the mistakes made in relationships, or how monotony can destroy a marriage or even how people want to turn back time to solve their errors.
Anyhow, classically, the author overtakes the mindset of the Russian beauty before mass industrialization. The way he describes the private lives of his characters, their thinking and wills make Chekhov one of the greatest writers of short fiction.
“The Beauties” could be a straightforward way to start reading the Russian authors. It’s emphatic, it’s beautiful and proof that a lecture can exist without a plot.