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Five Plays: Ivanov / The Seagull / Uncle Vanya / The Three Sisters / The Cherry Orchard

Five Plays: Ivanov / The Seagull / Uncle Vanya / The Three Sisters / The Cherry Orchard By Anton Chekhov Ronald Hingley Five Plays Ivanov The Seagull Uncle Vanya The Three Sisters The Cherry Orchard Chekhov s worldwide reputation as a dramatist rests on five great plays Ivanov The Seagull Uncle Vanya Three Sisters and The Cherry Orchard All are presented in this collection taken from the aut

  • Title: Five Plays: Ivanov / The Seagull / Uncle Vanya / The Three Sisters / The Cherry Orchard
  • Author: Anton Chekhov Ronald Hingley
  • ISBN: 9780192834126
  • Page: 272
  • Format: Paperback
  • Five Plays: Ivanov / The Seagull / Uncle Vanya / The Three Sisters / The Cherry Orchard By Anton Chekhov Ronald Hingley Chekhov s worldwide reputation as a dramatist rests on five great plays Ivanov, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard All are presented in this collection, taken from the authoritative Oxford Chekhov, in Ronald Hingley s acclaimed translation Hingley has also written an introduction specifically for this volume in which he provides a detailed hChekhov s worldwide reputation as a dramatist rests on five great plays Ivanov, The Seagull, Uncle Vanya, Three Sisters, and The Cherry Orchard All are presented in this collection, taken from the authoritative Oxford Chekhov, in Ronald Hingley s acclaimed translation Hingley has also written an introduction specifically for this volume in which he provides a detailed history of Chekhov s involvement in the theater and an assessment of his accomplishment as a dramatist.
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    1. Ken Moten on said:

      Of most importance was that he was always sincere, which is a great thing for a writer and thanks to his sincerity Chekhov created new, totally new forms of writing Leo Tolstoy I THINK that in Anton Chekhov s presence every one involuntarily felt in himself a desire to be simpler, truthful, one s self I often saw how people cast off the motley finery of bookish phrases, smart words, and all the other cheap tricks with which a Russian, wishing to figure as a European, adorns himself, like a sav [...]

    2. Zanna on said:

      Reading, as opposed to seeing Chekhov is quite a strange experience because of his impressionistic technique nothing is explained, everything is surface, the opposite of the great classic novels of Tolstoy and Dostoevsky which are all psychology There are motifs, as in poetry, which emerge or sink into the narrative The dialogue is so ambiguous, so flexible, that the variety of interpretations that theatre companies can bring to the plays seems to be endless, judging from Anatoly Smeliansky s 20 [...]

    3. Jan-Maat on said:

      I don t think that this translation is the one that I was familiar with and can t recommened one translation in particular.Chekhov has a had a strange fate in English in that his plays judging by revivals of Ivanov seem to be valued than his short stories It seems as though Chekhov s plays have tapped into a particular British nostalgia which doesn t help us to understand them in their own context Chekhov wasn t a solidly middle class Edwardian Englishman reflecting on a world that had vanished [...]

    4. Maria on said:

      I must confess that classical Russian authors scare me I believe that is why my Dostoevsky collection and most of my Tolstoy have remained untouched for all these years When I reached for Chekhov I didn t know what to expect The only thing I was certain of was that I wanted to see The Sea Gull in London The plan was to actually read just that one play and carry on with my life However, after reading the foreword by Robert Brustein I just couldn t and I am glad I didn t You re a clever man think [...]

    5. Lamora/Ches on said:

      BORKIN sighing Our life Man s life is like a bright flower blooming in a meadow A goat comes along and eats it up No flower That is to say, it is all meaningless Ivanov is quite a mixture of sour humor and misery for all The Seagull touches existential questioning and crisis not only the meaning of life but of life as an artist.Again it is all pretty banal and meaningless in between moments of self evaluation or lack thereof A wasted life preoccupies Uncle Vanya Its characters are aged and idle [...]

    6. Tiffany on said:

      From IVANHOV You re a clever man think According to you, nothing could be simpler than to understand me Yes Man is such a simple, uncomplicated machine No, Doctor in every one of us there are far too many wheels, screws, and valves for us to be able to judge one another by first impressions, or by two or three external signs I don t understand you, you don t understand me, and we don t understand ourselves It is possible to be an excellent doctor and at the same time to know absolutely nothing a [...]

    7. Lavinia on said:

      Livada de visini Mi s a parut cea mai sensibila, poate pentru ca sentimentul pierderii e aici foarte evident si puternic livada de visini e vinduta in cele din urma si intreaga familie e privata de locul cel mai drag lor, pierderea livezii putind echivala cu pierderea sperantelor, desi in final Trofimov exclama Viata noua, te salutam Sau poate, intr un ton mult mai mundan, pierderea livezii echivaleaza cu noua ordine sociala ce se instala in Rusia vremii respective.Trei surori O piesa densa si c [...]

    8. Cemre on said:

      Bankas , ehov un t m uzun oyunlar n Ataol Behramo lu evirisi ile bir araya getirerek o kadar ahane bir i yapm ki ehov, ok zevk alarak okudu um bir yazar, bu kitapta da en sevdi im olarak adland rabilece im iki oyun yer al yor Vanya Day ve K z Karde Bu oyunlar haricinde kitaptaki oyunlar unlar Ivanov, Orman Cini, Mart ve Vi ne Bah esi Okuyanlara ya da okuyacaklara hemen belirteyim, Orman Cini, Vanya Day n n tasla olarak nitelendirilebilir Oyun be enilmeyince ehov karakterleri ve olay rg s n biraz [...]

    9. Corinne on said:

      This book consists of five different plays As I read each one, I just wrote down my thoughts Ivanov a disillusioned landowner is fed up with his life Really, he just over thinks everything and has given up on trying to be happy There is a lot of fussing over Ivanov and his choices ever since his marriage to a Jewess who gave up her family and religion to be with him, he s gone emotionally downhill There is a lot of men crying in this play and if I had to give it a theme or a point, I think it s [...]

    10. kat on said:

      IvanovI was young, full of fire, sincere, no fool I loved, I hated and I believed, but not like other men, I worked and I had hopes for ten, I tilted at windmills and beat my head against walls And tell me could it have been otherwise There are so few of us, and so much, so much to do God, how much to do And now the life against which I struggled is taking this cruel vengeance on me I ve worn myself out Before you stands a man of thirty five, disillusioned and crushed by his worthless achievemen [...]

    11. Vanja Antonijevic on said:

      There is something special about Chekhov I would have to admit that Dostoevsky and Tolstoy may be greater writers than he is, but it seems that no writer has been able to produce a certain Russian spirit, tone, and sentiment as well as Chekhov in his writings To put it simply, his plays and short stories have soul and heart to them than anything else I have read The Russian Shakepeare is my second favorite Russian author after Dostoevsky , and is an underappreciated genius in his own right The [...]

    12. Lorna on said:

      What a fantastic collection of plays Every one of them was a masterpiece I particularly loved the nuanced naturalism of the characters They were all , of course, intelligently reflective and the women were all substantial and equal to the men in every way How refreshing My only misgiving was that I wanted to tell them not to be so defined by their past and that today is a new day.Wonderful I am so happy I finally picked this up off my bookshelf Now to find a theatre company performing one of the [...]

    13. Steve on said:

      I m ok with these, but I muc prefer Chekhov as a short story writer His plays are so delicate, that you just know you re losing something due to the translations.

    14. Ben on said:

      This collection of five plays by Chekhov makes me hungry to read his short stories now I think that Chekhov s playwriting style can best be summarized in his own words Let the things that happen on stage be just as complex and yet just as simple as they are in life For instance, people are having a meal, just having a meal, but at the same time their happiness is being created, or their lives are being smashed up How very true for us all Part of the beauty of Chekhov s playwriting is his ability [...]

    15. Alp Turgut on said:

      Anton Pavlovi ehov un alt b y k oyununu vanov, Orman Cini, Vanya Day , Mart , K zkarde , Vi ne Bah esi s ras yla tek bir ciltte bar nd ran B y k Oyunlar , b y k ustan n oyun yazarl ndaki becerisini g rmek i in tek kelimeyle harika bir toplama Oyunlar nda genellikle ta ra ya am n n yok etti i ayd nlar konu alan ehov un ele tiri oda nda ise daima ya an lan hayat, toplumsal evren ve ta ra ya am bulunuyor Okuduk a hayran kald n z toplama eserin tek problemi ise usta yazar n oyunlar ndaki temalar n g [...]

    16. Daniel Klawitter on said:

      One of the great playwrights of course My favorite play in this collection is Ivanov Here are some snippets This life of ours.n life is like a flower gloriously blooming in a meadow along comes a goat, eats it up no flower I am beginning to think that fate has cheated me Doctor There are a great many people, perhaps no better than I, who are happy without having had to pay for their happiness Scientists have been thinking about this since the world began, but they haven t come up with anything [...]

    17. Kyle on said:

      This collection of stellar plays was my first experience with Chekhov yet most certainly not my last The fact that he was writing these over 100 years ago is totally unfathomable His works have a certain freshness that transcends the period Of course today, his old homage, that if a gun is present in the first act of a Chekhov play it will go off in the last, is quite cliched, it was relatively original in its own time In fact, I thought the underlying philosophies of Chekhov s plays were a prom [...]

    18. Sophie on said:

      This collection of Chekhov s major and most well known plays has to be one of my most valued possessions Each story is unique, each plot has its own theme, the characters could undoubtedly have existed and not just been imagined Chekhov s plays seem to have a strong effect on me, I could see myself on his characters, I could sympathize with their actions and the setting would have me instantly on board.I d love to read of his work, especially his short stories, for which as well he is highly re [...]

    19. Benjamin Wallsten on said:

      Amazing Stupendous Russian literature at its finest I am always left wanting from Chekhov too bad his life was cut short by a disease we, ironically, can prevent today it s oddly reminiscent of what one of the characters in Chekhov s The Three Sisters Vershinin is constantly saying about the future being better than the present This volume simply enlarges that desire.If you love Chekhov, you must read this book It gives you the 5 major plays that made Anton Chekhov into the famed dramatist he i [...]

    20. Benjamin Plume on said:

      Fantastic I am not one who generally likes to read plays preferring to read novels and watch plays but Chekhov is an, possibly the, exception Each of the five plays had a unique feature that grabbed me, and this volume features some lines that instantly became favorites If you are someone who loves plays, this is a must If not, you might want to give it a shot anyway.

    21. Camille on said:

      I love reading Chekhov s short stories I love reading plays I should love reading Chekhov s plays, right Apparently not These completely failed to interest me I actually fell asleep several times while trying to get through this book I ll stick with the short stories.

    22. Ali on said:

      I cannot rationally explain my obsession with this man and his plays His life is a fascination in and of itself, but his plays are full of real characters, with blood in their veins and mortality on their minds They are confused, brittle, funny and frank I cannot help but love them.

    23. Freder on said:

      Play after play ending with one or of the characters going downstage and shooting themselves Enough, already

    24. Robert on said:

      I suspect this edition of Chekhov s major plays is basically an update of the tattered old paperback I just read with its superb introduction by Robert Brustein, who expertly anatomizes Chekhov s mastery of understated stagecraft and downplayed melodrama But I don t reread Chekhov every once in a while for introductions, which I generally avoid, or afterwords, which I generally avoid, or blurbs on the dust jacket Chekhov for me is the master of the day to day dullness and frustrations of life, i [...]

    25. Wayne Lai on said:

      There is something magical about plays, especially when they are written by Anton Chekhov, one of the greatest dramatists and short story writers There are a lot of miseries in the stories, experienced by unhappy characters That s not to say that they are not enjoyable, quite the contrary in fact It feels cathartic Ivanov is plain misery, the main character who seemingly has no redeeming quality, is very easy for reader to relate to, whereas the other character, Eugene Lvov, who is a doctor and [...]

    26. Linda on said:

      A two day dose of Chekhov s major plays runs the gamut of feelings of hopelessness, love, desperation, melancholy, amusement And although written one hundred twenty years ago, his words are relevant today He says that forests beautify the earth, that they teach man to understand beauty and induce in him a nobility of mind And he goes on Now I could accept the cutting of wood out of need, but why devastate the forests One would have to be a reckless barbarian to burn this beauty in his stove, to [...]

    27. Beebie May Hutley on said:

      I only read The Cherry Orchard from this Penguin Classics book of Anton Chekov plays I m attending the Press Night of the play at Nottingham Playhouse on Tuesday 7th November so I thought I ought to read it beforehand.I m crap at reading classics.I just don t enjoy them.UNLESS I study them, and then I love them If I m being completely honest, I found The Cherry Orchard painfully dull Not a lot seems to happen The reason I gave it three stars and not one star is because I haven t yet researched t [...]

    28. Misha on said:

      Total 2.4 starsIvanov 2 starsThe Seagull 1.5 starsUncle Vanya 2.5 starsThree Sisters 3 starsThe Cherry Orchard 3 stars

    29. Mayalekach on said:

      I think my love for Chekov actually comes from my current state of lolling and malaise of ease He just seems to illuminate the true nothingness that perhaps is life.

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