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While this is surprisingly easy to read given when it was first written
on 22 June 2017
While this is surprisingly easy to read given when it was first written, probably thanks to the fact that the story is told through letters between friends rather than narration as things happen giving Goethe the chance to write in a far less formal fashion. The events take place over the course of a year or so and follow Werther as he falls desperately in love with Charlotte, who, of course, is engaged to another with no intention of changing her mind. This devastates Werther, who finds himself increasingly unable to cope and ends up taking extreme measures. While I did enjoy the style of this and the way each of the characters was portrayed, I did just want to grab Werther and give him a damn good shake. His complete loss of perspective was charming at first but quickly grew tiresome as he re-arranged his entire life because of his obsessive love. A very interesting read which is surprisingly dark and disturbing.