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I bought this story only to try out some Chekhov before splurging with a credit on the full volume, In The Ravine and Other Stories, from which this selection is extracted. From what I gather from talking to true Chekhov aficionados, these are not necessarily Chekhov's very best (or even best-known) stories, but In the Ravine is a must-read from this classic author (who was also a doctor who took in any patient who came to him during a cholera epidemic; he was apparently not just an extraordinary writer and thinker but also an extraordinary human being).
The story is wonderful; my husband and I both burst out laughing at the surprising and refreshing conclusion. And NO ONE could possibly do a better job interpreting the nuances of Chekhov's story than Kenneth Branaugh. What an amazing narrator he is...not that this will come as a shock to anyone!
I have now purchased the larger volume of stories, In the Ravine, and cannot wait to begin listening to them!
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