Sunday, September 16, 2012

Books Around the World: Russia


Shadows and Light is a collection of 9 stories by Anton Chekhov, selected and translated by Miriam Morton.  Chekhov, a 19th century Russian author, was also a doctor. He had a gift for describing different types of people, and his compassion for humanity comes through in his writing. His characters are so realistic, human and animals as well. Their point of view brings to light their sad condition, their difficult state of life.

These glimpses into the lives of rich and poor, young and old alike make a reader feel for others. This collection of short stories is a fast read, and I’m glad I picked it up.

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