Uality transcending perspective in humanity A masterpiece from a master Because of my infatuation with The Sorrows of Young Werther I had high hopes for this fictitious depiction of historical possibilities But it *WAS LONG WINDED AND I CAN *long winded and I can imagine how anyone
#could have stayed #have stayed The Sorrows of Young Mike is a much better option if you are looking to read deeper into something that pertains to Werther Only a novelist as self possessed as Mann could adeuately tackle the monumental subject of Goethe Indeed it seems that with a work as uniue in style as this Mann was attempting to make yet another stride toward the same vast stylistic breadth as Goethe s own oeuvre of verseThe premise is so simple yet the philosophic scope so wide and rich Whether such a reunion between Goethe and the inspiration for his The Sorrows of Young Werther ver occurred or not the reader will insist This is how it must have been It had to have been Mann would have us believe it "was the poet s final fated retribution Less a novel than "the poet s final fated retribution Less a novel than work of social and literary criticism in the guise of fiction this is a masterly work but not a masterpiece like Magic Mountain Much of the book resembles a Platonic dialogue though there is often less dialogue as such than long பொன்னியின் செல்வன் - புது வெள்ளம் expositions and narrative by one character told to another who mostly listens The incident around which the novel revolves is the visit of Lotte of Sorrows of Young Werther to Weimar where the book s author Goethe has long lived Thomas Mann admired Goethe tremendously wrotessays about him and gave lectures on this author It is safe to say that Mann was fascinated by the author This novel portrays Goethe as a difficult irritating selfish aging man who is devoted primarily to his own special interests and pursuits The psychology of a man like this is plumbed with the acuity of the great writer that Mann was by the late nineteen thirties The character of Goethe is delineated through the perspectives of Lotte Goethe s son August and Adele Schopenhauer The views of Goethe of The Return of the Carter Boys: The Carter Boys 2 each of these in turn seem to mirror their perspectives Filled with scenes from Goethe s life his character is gradually revealed his genius as a writer is plumbed and his works are revealed through interpolated uotations The novel is an interestingxperiment in style that differs in many ways from other of Mann s works I have read while still maintaining the voice of the autho. Woman who in her youth was the model for Charlotte in Goethe's widely read The Sorrows of Young Werther Lotte's thoughts as she anticipates meeting Goethe again after forty years and her conversations with those in Weimar who knew the great man allow Mann to assess Goethe's genius from many points of vi. ,
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This is a very special book If you are an admirer of both Thomas Mann and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe arguably the greatest literary giant in German history you will capture rare insight of both menThe only problem with the book is that as a prereuisite one certainly must be familiar with Goethe s The Sorrows of Young Werther for this book to really be appreciated Mann s conception and writing is first rate as always One could probably A Meditation on Murder enjoy reading this without knowledge of Werther but much will be missed And anyway The Sorrows of Young Werther is a short book that can be read in a day or two and will add so muchnjoyment to Lotte in Weimer Well I read it in Japanese translation One of two books I read in 2010 over which I lingered the longestthe other being Schild s Ladder by Greg Egan Its audacity of structure depth and breadth of knowledge on Goethe and gentle sense of irony were all ye opening I mean who lse writing on Goethe has the guts to show the great man get so aroused by his own fantasies that he starts to masterbatethis if my interpretation of the scene is correct in the translation Such a rewarding book that I now long to read Joseph and His Brothers and finish Doktor Faustus this isn t a novel half comedic Lustspiel half platonic dialogue this is Mann s study on Goethe his person his work and his artistry and to some Travis extent on Mann himself and his self conception The level of detail in this is honestly awe inspiring butven though it is filled with lots of typical Mann tongue in cheek humour I would bestow it with the predicate interesting rather than ntertaining which isn t necessarily a bad thing The predominant non fictional reflections are really thought provocing but
In Turn The Few Fictionalnovelisticturn the few fictionalnovelistic don t always work imo The first characteristic of this book wich you will remark is its refinement a refinement wich made Thomas Mann famous with Buddenbrooks but to a whole new level this time no wonder since there are 38 years between *These Two Beautiful Works It S Than Charming The Society *two beautiful works it s than charming The society then was charming legance manners language verythingAfter a while and you d be right to believe so you would have the impression that this will only turn out to be an afternoon full of conversations masterly crafted between Lotte and some of Goethe s acuaintances in her hotel room but just after you get used with the fact that she s never going to meet Goethe. Forty years after their youthful association Lotte Kestner real life heroine of Goethe's famous novel The Sorrows of Werther makes a pilgrimage to Weimer to see Goethe Upon her arrival Lotte to her surprise is greeted as a celebrity and taken up into Goethe's setThomas Mann fascinated with the concept .
And that s fine since the book is anything but boring finally she actually decides to decline all of those who d want to have a chat or speak with her and go to her relatives and meet Goethe later onBeing inside the mind of Goethe and see from his yes not literally ofcourse is a wonderful The Bubble Economy: Is Sustainable Growth Possible? experience Also all the reference to his works yet not a critical study but words and opinions by his relatives and acuaintances is a valuable contribution in understanding them a little betterLotte s perspective on the world is not something you should omit It is really interesting to see what is her reaction and opinion on Goethe s famouspistolary novel The sorrows of young Werther and the conseuences that book had on her ordinary life You will also notice she has uite an intellect and her views concerning the world are nothing short of spiritThe nding of this novel is sublime Lotte s fever after being silenced by Goethe who sais his final words cannot be describedit s overwhelmingThe allegory with the fly and the candle wich she had used against him claiming that veryone close to him are sacrificing for him is superbly reversed he is the candle that consumes itself so that The Social Machine: Designs for Living Online everyone could benlightened by itA beautiful and undeniable proof of Mann s admiration for Goethe Definitely something worthy to be writtenOne of my favorite books from him not sure if it s in second place but definitely in top three A bit tedious at times but mostly because I felt like I should know about some of the characters prior to this reading I m not smart Collision Course: Endless Growth on a Finite Planet enough or informednough for this book as real life people are mentioned like I should know their personal biographies I m sure if I knew about Goethe and his circle this story would have been interesting on many levels than it was for me But none the less I found it interesting on the surface levels that I could mbrace The basis of the story would make for a good movie I think it would be difficult to live the life of a person *Whom A Literary Character Is Based Onespecially One Who Would *a literary character is based onespecially one who would obviously recognized by the general populace One of the later novels of Thomas Mann imagining how the meeting would go between Goethe and Charlotte who was the inspiration behind his first novel Sorrows of Young Werther when she came to Weimar for a visit in the 1816 Full of wisdom and philosophical commentary on life with some stream of consciousness pisodes and a broad F genius and with the richness of German culture found in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe the mbodiment of the German culture hero Mann's novelistic biography of Goethe was first published in English in 1940 Lotte in Weimar is a vivid dual portrait a complex study of Goethe and of Lotte the still vivacious.