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Faust [Kindle Edition]

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe , Harry Clarke , Bayard Taylor
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.


Product Details

  • File Size: 315 KB
  • Print Length: 290 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1481933388
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0084BVQ7I
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,489 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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80 of 81 people found the following review helpful
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This is my first time through Goethe's Faust thanks to my Kindle. This version is Part I; Part II was published separately. This is the translation by Bayard Taylor and was originally available in 1871. This edition includes a preface by the translator that I found quite interesting. He explains the translation process and how he was able to get it into rhyming verse similar to the original German.

Since I do not read German and this is the only translation I have ever read, it is hard for me to judge the quality of this translation, but I was impressed with how he got the English to fit into the original metres. This is written as a play in poetic form.

The story itself is Goethe's version of the Faustian legend. I found that I was able to follow the story quite well, but I did find it useful to read a summary of the plot that clarified several events that are sometimes difficult for me to follow in poetic language.

I shall next get my hands on Faust Part II. I highly recommend this Kindle freebie to anyone interested in literature. I can see why this ranks as one of the greatest works in German literature.
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rhyme and Reason October 24, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Faust is such a great book! I love the way it sounds when we read it out loud in class. (I am a teacher.) The other thing I like about reading it on my Kindle is that there are many words that even I don't know, and I can just click on the words to get their definitions. I also highlight words that I go back and put on the vocabulary quizzes. The more I delve into the study of Faust, the more I compare its cultural impact to that of Star Wars. It had such an impact -- worldwide -- and so many other stories spun off of its ideas. Mephistopheles is as well known as Darth Vader!
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book; a few kindle woes December 30, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
This was my first time reading Faust, and I have to say if it weren't for there being a free kindle version it would have taken me much longer to get to it. Amusingly, I read it while in Leipzig, where one of the scenes took place. The book is lovely, and its influence on other literature is quite clear. It is certainly an elegant and eloquent read. I will want to get another version that has extensive foot notes, however, which the Kindle version lacks, and there are a few blurps in the Kindle version where some lines seem to be missing words.

Certainly a great read and a classic. Consider getting a different version that provides more context and perhaps has better text layout than the free version
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding translation, crummy page layout December 13, 2011
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Pros: A wonderful translation; you tend to forget that it is a translation.
Cons: 1. A terrible page layout without any logical reason why sometimes its lines are double spaced and at other times not.
2. A very important portion is missing, without any explanation, i.e. the one where Faust decides to commit suicide, but is then rescued by the start of Easter.

I enjoyed it thorougly.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars German Poet and his poem about a man and the devil July 17, 2013
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The translator of this German classic seemed to be all apologies in his translation of this timeless classic. He need not worry. It was excellent. A man makes a deal with the devil in order to find his true love and runs into all KINDS or problems. Find out who REALLY got over on who. It is funny and great if you like classic poets.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FAUST September 12, 2014
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A MUST READ book of classic European literature. The book is set in a script for a play format. This is usually very annoying, but somehow manages to enhance the story. The unabridged version is a FREE download, and Whispersync is only $0.99. The addition of Immersion reading, makes reading along and the script format enjoyable. Take advantage of it. Add plenty of bookmarks, the conversations between Faust and Mephistopheles are compelling. You will also find that you recognize many modern sayings derived from this book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great and unpredictable March 10, 2013
Format:Hardcover
It's a very interesting story, but sometimes difficult to read. You have to pay attention and give the book your full attention, because there are a lot of things that are written between the lines and you have to realize them on your own. That does make it interesting though, because there is a lot going on, just not a basic linear story. The story line is catchy, somewhat old-fashioned. The end is unpredictable and I found it to be very interesting.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Faust, supposed to be difficult but actually fun. May 27, 2011
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This is one of the better translations and I love the rhyming meter. I thought Faust would be much harder to read but I find I'm enjoying it.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting read.
Published 17 days ago by Mostafa Lotfi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great translation
Excellent translation. The translator succeeded in his undertaking to preserve both the content and the form, as much as possible when translating poetic play. Read more
Published 18 days ago by Matanya Fischheimer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
VERY GOOD
Published 1 month ago by Curtis Ackeret
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Faithful rendition!
Published 1 month ago by Llewellyn Hannigan Jr
2.0 out of 5 stars A great work that doesn't translate well to Audio book format.
This is a review of the AUDIO BOOK ONLY! Faust is a masterpiece but did not translate well to narration. I found it impossible to listen to the audio book. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Bruce.R.
3.0 out of 5 stars so sad
I wish Faust had been redeemed yet this an excellent translation. There are way too many formatting errors that needs be fixed.
Published 1 month ago by A. Gift For You
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read. Reminded me of University classes in literature
Good read. Reminded me of University classes in literature.
Published 2 months ago by Sherri A. Gonzalez
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Who doesn't love Goethe's Faust? One of my favorite stories of all time.
Published 2 months ago by Jennifer K. Ensley
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Good product. Thanks.
Published 2 months ago by yoga sutra
3.0 out of 5 stars I was mildly disappointed to learn this was only the first part of ...
I was mildly disappointed to learn this was only the first part of the tragedy of Faust, as I had hoped to read his story entire. What it did, contain, I liked. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Liam Cady
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