Chekhov Shorts: On the Road

Title: On The Road
Date Read: 12th February 2012
Briefly: Held overnight in an inn due to a raging snowstorm, Mademoiselle Ilovaisky meets Grigory Petrovitch Liharev, a man who is being crushed by a need to find fulfilment by applying blind belief and complete faith to numerous things.
Afterthoughts: This is rather a deep and philosophical tale from Chekhov, centred around unquenchable passion and how it can haunt and even destroy, as well as drive and motivate, those who possess it. Not a story for everyone but perfect for those who seek a spot of reflective musing. Rather apt then, that this story carries the same title as Jack Kerouac’s 50s novel 🙂
Notable Quote: “The way I look at it is that faith is a faculty of the spirit. It is just the same as a talent, one must be born with it. So far as I can judge by myself, by the people I have seen in my time, and by all that is done around us, this faculty is present in Russians in its highest degree. Russian life presents us with an uninterrupted succession of convictions and aspirations, and if you care to know, it has not yet the faintest notion of lack of faith or scepticism. If a Russian does not believe in God, it means he believes in something else.”

Rating: ★★★☆☆

*Story read as part of my Checkin’ Off The Chekhov Shorts reading challenge.

About Rob

Rob, a self-confessed bibliophile, is without any hope of rehabilitation. He gets unnaturally excited over anything book-shaped, and if book sniffing were a crime then he would have been locked up years ago (which wouldn't bother him in the slightest provided his cell was lined with books).