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CLEVER PERHAPS IT S A BIT Perhaps it s a bit and repetitious even tedious for an impatient reader but I myself enjoyed every startling event replay explanation and re explanation as part of the novel s pointed attempt to demonstrate the absurdity of absolute truth of judgements and of eitheror logic in eneral Without objective reality everything is an endless parade of ever changing re evaluations noOf course the subtext and I assume inspiration for this novel is Matthew Lewis s English Gothic masterpiece The Monk I loved this variation however Because Of It S Much Philosophical Theme And Its Explosion of it s much philosophical theme and its explosion the confines of the The Lives of Stay-at-Home Fathers: Masculinity, Carework and Fatherhood in the United States genre into something so modern and so much weirder than any Gothic romance that preceded it Nice to know that only Gothic as aenre and perhaps Sterne s satire was able to predict the most original techniues to come of 20th century literature Also with its invocation of the holy icontemptress Aurelie The Devil s Elixirs felt like a kind of missing link between Matthew Lewis and Gerard de Nerval as his 19th century oneiric fantasies this is beginning to Read Like A List like a list my favorite late 19th and early 20th century authorsI had no idea E T A Hoffmann had written anything other than tales until uite recently and I m so pleased I discovered this Can t wait now to read his other novel which is much highly touted than this one The Life and Opinions of Tomcat Murr This is the life story of the Capuchin monk Medardus written by his own hand When exactly the story is set is not told probably sometime in the early 18th century In his monastery Medardus finds a mystical bottle that contains the titular elixir of the Devil I think I don t say too much when I tell that he takes a sip from that bottle His further life is filled with visions insanity murder sin wickedness lust repentance and all of the rest the ecclesiastical vocabulary has to offer It s not always easy for the reader to decide what is real and what only happens in the mind of the monk because there are auditory and visual hallucinations alore in this novel It s obviously the author s intention to leave the reader in the dark about this until the end While reading I assumed that Medardus suffers from a degenerative mental disorder probably something from the broad spectrum of schizophrenia Those diseases were still unknown at the time the story is set and were attributed to the temptations of the eternal adversary aka the Devil For the author ETA Hoffmann however the field of psychiatry was apparently not unknown Therefore the scenes in which the monk oes mad belong to the strongest ones in the book Not that strong was the unnecessary complex history of the family Even in the end I wasn t fully able to comprehend it Also the somewhat complicated sentence structure was something that bothered me here and there Basically I have nothing against long sentences as long as they flow nicely which unfortunately they didn t in this case The book was published in 1815 and I think the early 19th century German fits the rather dark story pretty well All in all I found the book too long but I never meant to abandon it Is it worth reading Yes but with some reservationsFree version available on zenoorg This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 30 Unported License. Our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process and hope you enjoy this valuable bo. ,
Xplain all the doubling of characters and the plot unities involved Medardus and the Count keep doubling up and mingling in with St Antony The virtuous daughter Aurelie becomes bound up with St Rosalia It is as if Medardus mind has become ill and he remains obsessed with the religious iconography of his upbringingThere are a number of distracting side stories that seem surprisingly similar to the main story At one point our hero is staying with a Prince with whom he has courteous disagreements He
then hears a story about a drunk who falls out with ahears a story about a drunk who falls out with a and it is hard not to wonder if this is what is really happening and the story about the Prince is a delusional version of his uarrel with a landlord rather than an actual eventHowever I should stress that the narrative does not confirm this and it instead attempts to wrap up the story with some explanations that did not ease my confusion Judging by its rating on Goodreads I can see that many people disagreed with me but frankly I was not sorry to finish reading this book and cannot recommend it Western civilization since Aristotle I Gone: The Disappearance of Claudia Lawrence and Her Father's Desperate Search for the Truth guess anyway he s often blamed for it has long been obsessed with meliorativepejorative dichotomiesood and bad right and wrong sin and virtue love and lust you and me While perhaps semi useful in some situations of thought it appears that the complexities of life and culture were deemed by Western culture somewhat complex and freuently a 1,000 Awesome Writing Prompts gradation of possibilities that a series of eitheror propositions some centuries ago I took The Devil s Elixirs thematically as an exploration of what happens when one tries to live such false dichotomies No one is perfect or totally evil wholly a sinner or a saint all of us human beings are of course mostly waffling or wallowing in therey area in between the two extremes which are not even completely mutually exclusive concepts either To live a false dichotomy then is to be split in two and you Moonrise (Snowfall, get thereat occidental doppelganger narrative Conrad s The Secret Sharer Dostoevsky s The Double and Hoffmann s The Devil s Elixirs The logic seems to be that I can only be one or the other but if I find I am at different times both then there must be two of me maybe Maybe it s also my models my ancestors my mentors look at how many of me there are I m practically an infinite number of peopleEvil twins parallel narratives and enerations of characters with the same names repeating Endless Variations Of Similar Stories Proliferate In variations of similar stories proliferate in wild and wildly recounted first person narrative of a mad in wild and wildly recounted first person narrative of a mad perhaps so utterly sane he s actually telling the truth monk named Medardus or maybe Viktorin Medardus not only has similar mentors and role models but a double or perhaps alter ego or maybe he s only a similar looking half brother His own bifurcations et projected on the outside world as well wherein every woman he meets is either a spotless saint or a tempting demon or both but only in a troubling back and forth of actions and attitudesThe narrative is as crazy and disorienting as I m making it sound but it s also told in such a matter of fact and logical way that it becomes oneiric in the later modernist tradition of Kafka and Bruno Schulz The text s abrupt weirdnesses told in such a deadpan fashion are really disarming at first Everything that happens in the story keeps coming back around each event ets experienced then explained and then sometimes re experienced and re explained reviewed from other point E original artifact or were introduced by the scanning process We believe this work is culturally important and despite the imperfections have elected to bring it back into print as part of. ,
A mad monk pursues a saintly beautiful woman only to be himself pursuedThis story was inspired by The Monk the early Gothic classic but not exactly A RIFF HOFFMANN TELLS THE TALE FROM Hoffmann tells the tale from monk s point of view as he stalks an ideal young young woman Meanwhile he accidentally kills a man which sets in motion such a chain of events that it makes a modern suspense novel seem straightforward Hitchcockian before there was Hitchcock and lots sophisticated than the original tale Look to this story for the roots to the suspense enre and the Jekyll and Hyde trope even American PsychoUnfortunately a lot of the tools Hoffmann used to tell the tale were clunky at best in full on Gothic mode slow and dull and weirdly out of order so tension is only built up after the fact and it s only in the last few chapters that the story begins to pay off One of the major conflicts is summed up It s weirdA modern book written by a man of A Little Dinner Before the Play genius who wasn t uite able to invent a newenre and perfect it too Five for plot and three for executionRecommended for readers looking to the roots of Hitchcockian suspense and readers of Gothics who are able to make some allowances I find it hard to wax lyrically about The Devil s Elixirs by ETA Hoffmann and will keep this review short by my standards The story is about a monk called Medardus who is Mastering the Art of Saying No Without Feeling Guilty: Tips, Techniques and Strategies given trust over a relic which is an elixiriven to St Anthony by the Devil Naturally Medardus is unable to resist trying out the elixir and from this point onwards the story ets muddledMedardus is of course corrupted by the elixir and it is difficult to tell how much of the remaining story is down to insanity and how much of it really happened He imitates a wicked Count who is imitating a monk and who may be his half brother and he murders the wife and son of the household while falling in love with the daughter From there he moves from place to place pursued by his doppelganger and unable to escape the daughterTo be honest I struggled to follow most of the rest of the story and could not muster up the enthusiasm to attempt to re read it and try I had a suspicion that Hoffmann was not following any rigorously plotted storyline and was just throwing up whatever sensational idea he had in his head at the timeThere are one or two things that Hoffmann conveys well not least the fanaticism of those who enter holy orders We tend to think of religious fanatics as "being those who turn their bigotry outwards and attack the lifestyle "those who turn their bigotry outwards and attack the lifestyle beliefs of others but there is another kind of fanaticism that held by monks and members of enclosed orders This is an inward fanaticism where they follow their beliefs in an hysterical and self abasing manner constantly looking for sinful behaviour in their own actions Are they being too proud or vain in their devotion to od Are they sacrificing enough or too much Is their self sacrifice boastful And so on This form of fanaticism is cloying and unpleasant but one that is harder to feel too strongly about because it is turned inwards and not outwards They harm themselves and not othersIn a post Freudian post Jungian age when horror stories have become increasingly psychological it is difficult not to read Hoffmann s text in a similar way whether or not Hoffmann so intended it How many of the events that happen to Medardus are merely products of a diseased mind Is the double his own split personality Does he only imagine he has performed some of these wicked deedsThis would certainly This is a reproduction of a book published before 1923 This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages poor pictures errant marks etc that were either part of th.