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The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774)

by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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The Sorrows of Young Werther is about a young man named Werther who falls in love with Charlotte. She, however, is engaged and later married to another man. Werther's thoughts and emotions make up the bulk of the book.

It took me a little while to get into this one, but I did end up liking it, although I can't put my finger on what exactly I did like about it. There's really not much action, so it does get a little boring at times. Werther's thought process as seen through his letters to a friend is interesting for the most part. ( )
  AmandaL. | Jan 16, 2016 |
I didn't really sympathise with Werther and so struggled to find why his situation was so bad. Really he seemed like he was wallowing a lot of the time and that he was making mountains out of molehills. For the greater part of the novel I just wanted to shake him and tell him to get a grip! A fairly quick read with some beautiful description but I'm not running to read more Goethe just yet. ( )
  sashinka | Jan 14, 2016 |
One of those classics that actually deserves the name. A brilliant psychological meditation. ( )
  JBD1 | Dec 23, 2015 |
A fantastic character study, a bit slow in places but ultimately a quick read. Always been a big fan of German literature (Nietzsche, Kafka, Hesse, Goethe). ( )
  BenKline | Aug 19, 2015 |
Had to add a star to a book that isn't a favorite of mine because this translation is exceptional. Compare this brief passage in three modern translations:

"Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it."

"Most of them labor the greater part of their time for mere subsistence, and the small portion of freedom which remains unemployed so troubles them that they use every exertion to get rid of it."

"Most people spend the greatest part of the time struggling to stay alive, and the little bit of freedom they have left makes them so anxious that they'll look for any means to get rid of it."

The first is good. The second is clunky. The third is perfect. And it's Corngold's. If you're going to read Werther, get this translation. ( )
  Deborah_Markus | Aug 8, 2015 |
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The legend that it generated a teenage-suicide epidemic across Europe is dubious, but the novel’s international popularity two hundred years ago can’t be overstated. ... Werther’s sorrows didn’t look petty to Goethe or to his original audience, and they ought to feel even more familiar to us.

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Goethe, Johann Wolfgang vonprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Morgan, Bayard QuincyTranslatormain authorsome editionsconfirmed
Alavedra, JoanTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Auden, W. H.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Baioni, GiulianoEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Beutler, ErnstAfterwordsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Chodowiecki, Daniel NikolausIllustratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Corngold, StanleyTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Garagorri, PaulinoPrefacesecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Große, WilhelmKommentatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hulse, MichaelTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hutter, CatherineTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kilpi, VolterTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Leroux, PierreTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Michels, HermannCover designersecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Pike, BurtonTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Steinhauer, HarryTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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I have diligently collected everything I have been able to discover concerning the story of poor Werther, and here present it to you in the knowledge that you will be grateful for it.
On 30th October 1772, Legation Secretary Karl Wilhelm Jerusalem in Wetzlar hot and killed himself with a pistol borrowed from J. C. Kestner, a friend of Goethe. (Introduction)
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Sie ist mir heilig. Alle Begier schweigt in ihrer Gegenwart. Ich weiß nie, wie mir ist, wenn ich bei ihr bin; es ist, als wenn die Seele sich mir in allen Nerven umkehrte.
Wenn wir uns selbst fehlen, dann fehlt uns doch alles.
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You only find true love once. When Werther dances with the beautiful Lotte, it seems as though he is in paradise. It is a joy, however, that can only ever be short-lived. Engaged to another man, she tolerates Werther's adoration and encourages his friendship. She can never return his love. Broken-hearted, he leaves her home in the country, trying to escape his own desire. But when he receives a letter telling him that she is finally married, his passion soon turns to destructive obsession. And as his life falls apart, Werther is haunted by one certainty: He has lost his reason for living.… (more)

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