The Shooting Party

The Shooting Party

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"Centres on Olga, the pretty young daughter of a drunken forester on a country estate, and her fateful relationships with the men in her life. Adored by Urbenin, the estate manager, whom she marries to escape the poverty of her home, she is also desired by the dissolute Count Karneyev and by Zinovyev, a magistrate, who knows the secret misery of her marriage. When an attempt is made on Olga's life in the woods, it seems impossible to discover the perpetrator in an impenetrable web of deceit, lust, loathing and double-dealing."--Jacket.
Publisher: London ; New York : Penguin Books, 2004
ISBN: 9780140448986
Branch Call Number: FIC CHEKHOV 2004
Characteristics: xxxiii, 199 pages ; 20 cm
Language Note: Translated from the Russian
Additional Contributors: Wilks, Ronald


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Nov 19, 2019

The only reason I decided to read this was because of the author, many of whose works I have already read. This one is rather unlike them (except for the very early stories, which are about what you could expect from a high school student); its a bit boring, tedious, and with excessive dialogue; perhaps the only good thing one can say about it is that he finished it. I wish I would have trusted my judgement about the first thirty pages or so, and ended it there, but pressed on till the end.

Dec 05, 2018

I really enjoyed this story! Although it’s described as a mystery, I’d say that’s a misnomer. The murder doesn’t take place until the last third of the book, and then Chekhov himself gives away the culprit in footnotes to the text. I would more accurately describe this story as a profile of a psychopath as we learn through the culprit’s thoughts and deeds just what’s going through his mind.


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