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- File Size: 409 KB
- Print Length: 125 pages
- Publisher: Start Publishing LLC (1 Nov. 2012)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00ABDI3EG
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- Average Customer Review: 36 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #202,086 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Sorrows of Young Werther Kindle Edition
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Werther is the prototypical Romantic male, who "feels" more deeply than the rest of humanity. Unlike Heathcliffe, who settles on revenge as an answer to his thwarted designs, Werther takes it out on himself. Of course, there's a great deal of self-destruction at work in Heathcliffe's persona too.
I would recommend this to a reader who is just getting to know Goethe. I read it when I was about eighteen and it definitely struck a nerve with me at that time. It made me want to read everything by Goethe I could find in translation.
Read it, and if you like it, as I am sure you will, go on to Goethe's two great Romantic novels, Elective Affinities and Wilhelm Meister's Apprenticeship. I found in my earlier readings that I never went wrong with Penguin Classics translations. They're normally all top-notch, whether Greek, Latin, French, German, Russian, etc. PS: If you're a young reader, please don't take Werther too much to heart. It's only a novel, ok?
When Napoleon met Goethe he is reported to have said, "There is a Man!" Napoleon was a big fan of Goethe and read this book no less than seven times. Perhaps not surprisingly, because its semi-autobiographical nature makes it an almost direct insight into Goethe's genius.
The story is based on two separate but related true stories. First Goethe's own stay in the village of Wetzlar in 1771 when he was 23. He met Charlotte Buff who was engaged to Christian Kestner and seems to have fallen in love with her and possibly her with him, but neither acted on their feelings out of respect and possibly love for Kestner. The second concerns a mutual friend, Wilhelm Jerusalem, who shot himself over his love for Elisabeth Herd, a married woman. Much is known of the actual facts of these two stories and Goethe's synthesis of himself and Jerusalem into the fictional Werther follows the facts remarkably closely so that it seems when he talks about Werther's feelings he is describing his own.
Goethe has that clarity and simplicity of thought that defines genius and he has sufficient self-confidence in his own abilities so as not to need to display his cleverness. Instead he plainly and simply sets out the story and his/Werther's thoughts and emotions about what is happening. He tries to be a fine human being against the tide of his emotions, and there is much to appreciate in his relationships with others and in his observations about the simple pleasures in life.Read more ›
I'm reminded of Keats, another twenty-something Romantic writer with great potential, but who only ever really wrote teenage emotion, albeit elegantly. In Goethe's novel, Werther is such an idiot really, and there are such obvious flaws and unbalanced self-regard in his logic, whether talking about suicide, or love, or God - that if this was intended as serious literary reflection it's quite pathetic. (Spoiler) As an insight into the unbalanced mind of someone who kills themselves it is very good; as literature with anything worthy to say it is useless.
I haven't read his other works, and perhaps this is just his 'young' novel and not the reason for all the 'Goethe Institutes' that were spread around the world. I hope his later works had something deeper to say about life and love.
The majority of the narrative is written in the words of Werther himself in the form of letters to his brother Wilhelm and it starts slowly but I would urge the reader to be patient as the story blossoms.
I found myself sympathising with Werther and his unrequieted love for Lotte having been there more than once in my life and feeling the same pain and elation in the same heart beat, the uncertainty and the joy. I found Goethe's text mirroring real life, I later discovered that it is based on his own unrequieted love and so was an out pouring of his feelings.
On the whole I really enjoyed this book and it was my first Goethe and I am looking forward to reading more and would urge anyone who has felt the same pain or has an interest in classic literature to read this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
"all we are doing is to paint our prison walls with colourful figures and bright views" pp. 30-1
This is a classic story of unrequited love ending in the suicide... Read more
The Sorrow of Young Werther may have been a revelation in the 18th century, but (unlike most classics I've read) it doesn't stand up to the passage of time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Jonathon Smith
great product as described, great service, fast delivery. would recommend highly A+++Published 6 months ago by Kamaldip Kahlwan
I enjoyed the way it was written more than what, was written, if you see what I mean.Published 8 months ago by D.P.Bolton.
This is a review for the e-book, not the literary work. A shamefully poor effort by Penguin. 'The' is regularly transcribed as 'die', and numerous other irritating errors. Read morePublished 15 months ago by RF Esher
Johanne Wolfgang von Goethe is one of the giants of German literature. He lived between 1749 and 1832. His influence on numerous writers was significant. Read morePublished 19 months ago by John P. Jones III
Great! Grim. More than a tad blasphemous though. But one can relate to the heart-aggrieved young man and the pretty Bavarian setting.Published 19 months ago by Red Moon Master
Interesting and thought provoking but it does take a lot of concentration but good thoughts for the day and sayings to mull over.Published 23 months ago by Jean Flint