Tuesday, August 28, 2007

Dealing with Day-To-Day Living

Robert Dessaix in his novel Corfu writes:

“Chekhov’s characters don’t strike me as especially vulgar or shallow. What they are, surely, is utterly unremarkable, worn thin by the unrelieved ordinariness of their lives.”

“Any fool, as Chekhov himself said somewhere, can deal with a crisis—it’s day-to-day living that wears us out.”

Robert Dessaix, Corfu (London: Scribner, 2003; first published Melbourne: Picador Pan Macmillan, 2001), 244-245.

Image: Cover of Corfu.