Monday, October 25, 2010

Celebrity Chekhov by Ben Greenman (book review

Book Description

The immortal stories of Anton Chekhov have long entranced readers with their insights into the universal truths of human behavior.

But you’ve never read them quite like this.

In a witty, graceful, and revelatory feat of literary reinvention, acclaimed novelist and humorist Ben Greenman has taken nineteen of Chekhov’s greatest stories and reimagined them as inhabited by some of the best-known entertainers of our time—to eye-opening, and ennobling, results. Marvel as:

• Former friends Nicole and Paris exchange barbed pleasantries in “Tall and Short”
• Former lovers Britney and Justin face lost love and youth in “A Lady’s Story”
• Eminem struggles with his art and creative process in “Hush”
• Lindsay faces her own redundancy as an actress in “A Classical Student”

More than just a literary stunt, Celebrity Chekhov is a surprisingly compassionate window into a set of lives that have traditionally been considered tabloid fodder at best. By turns devastating and devastatingly funny, this hilarious gem of a book will delight literature geeks and pop-culture addicts alike.

My Review

This book was ok I guess. It is just not for me. These little stories might be more interesting for teenagers who are studying Anton Chekhov's short stories or something. I prefer the original stories.

2 out of 5

 *I received this book for free to review. I was not required to write a good review

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