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Beware of Pity by Stefan Zweig

Beware of Pity (1939)

by Stefan Zweig

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I love this author and the book, as others have reviewed is rather depressing, but insightful. It forewarns of pity and gives constant examples; however, in this world of today I don't think we have to worry about that too much. ( )
  Judy_Ryfinski | Jan 20, 2016 |
I love this author and the book, as others have reviewed is rather depressing, but insightful. It forewarns of pity and gives constant examples; however, in this world of today I don't think we have to worry about that too much. ( )
  Judy_Ryfinski | Jan 20, 2016 |
Many people lives lives ruled by emotion. This is a novel that questions the wisdom of such an idea. ( )
  MarkBeronte | Jan 25, 2015 |
'that compassionate lie had made her happy, and to make someone happy can never be wrong or a crime',, July 1, 2014

This review is from: Beware of Pity (Kindle Edition)
This is the story of a dashing young Austrian lieutenant, just prior to the first World War. Stationed on the Hungarian border, he is thrilled to be invited to the castle of a wealthy local family, but bemused when his request to the daughter of the house for a dance is greeted by copious weeping. When he discovers his faux pas - she's a cripple - he feels obliged to send her flowers. And thus begins his link to the family - 'my strange case of poisoning of pity'. For as his feelings of duty and honour are taken to mean much more by the lame Edith, the weak and vacillating Lt Hofmiller is torn between shame before his colleagues at the possible match and his desire to do the right thing. As he is warned:

'Pity is a double-edged weapon. If you don't know how to handle it you had better not touch it, and above all you must steel your heart against it. Pity, like morphine, does the sick good only at first...if you don't get the dose right and know where to stop it becomes a murderous poison.'

A brilliantly written novel; like his other work, 'The Post Office Girl', Zweig keeps you reading to the end, uncertain how the story will work out. ( )
  starbox | Jul 1, 2014 |
4.5 à 5 étoiles, pas moins.
C'est un véritable chef d'oeuvre. Zweig nous raconte une histoire bien 'tricotée' qui évoque les sentiments de la pitié.
Ce roman me touche personnellement pour une multitude de raisons. J'étais comme Toni, la pitié m'était dangereuse. Mais quand j'ai quitté mon Edith, elle ne s'est pas suicidée. J'ai pris le risque, et cela m'a libérée.
Je suis du côté d'Anton Hoffmiller, on a beaucoup demandé de lui, et en fin, il s'est donné totalement; mais ce n'était pas juste.
Le style de Zweig est éblouissant. Plein de belle citations, et de belles descriptions dans ce texte. Il a un talent tout à fait remarquable! Je veux lire tous ses autres livres, surtout les inachevés :) ( )
  pathogenik | Mar 2, 2014 |
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Zweig, Stefanprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Acocella, JoanIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bell, AntheaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blewitt, PhyllisTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Blewitt, TrevorTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hirvensalo, LauriTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Krogvig, UrsulaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Meulen, Janneke van derTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Sterkenburg, Reinier P.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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In 1913 a young second lieutenant discovers the terrible dangers of pity. He had no idea the girl was lame when he asked her to dance - his compensatory afternoon calls relieve his guilt but give her a dangerous glimmer of hope. Stefan Zweig's only novel is a devastatingly unindulgent realization of the torment of the betrayal of both honor and love, realized against the background of the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.

Stefan Zweig was born in 1881 into a wealthy Viennese Jewish family. He studied at the Universities of Berlin and Vienna and was first known as a poet and translator, then as a biographer. Zweig traveled widely, living in Salzburg, London and New York before settling in Brazil where he and his wife were found dead in 1942.

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A poignant story in which the conflict between duty and loyalty mixed with desire is impressively conveyed.

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