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Product Details

  • Paperback: 124 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 8, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481934015
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481934015
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,894,713 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Shrey on November 30, 2013
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Surprisingly short read, strongly recommended for young adults, and old adults. If you're near or over 25 years of age and cannot identify with young Werther, or fail to otherwise understand his plight, I don't know know what you've been doing with your life.
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have always heard about this book, and finally reading it was very rewarding. I'm on a romantics kick, and what was nice about this was what I read as a subtle critique of the individualism and self-absorption of the "sensitives", who wax eloquent about nature and peasants, but act like ignorant beasts.
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Too slow - just didn't get much from this.
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How do you give 3 starts to a book by Goethe? Because time has passed this one by. The image of the artist as divine, the tender feelings of an idle nobleman. Mostly though, the book is one-dimensional. It focuses entirely on one person whose emotions are intense but limited to two--grief and exultation. The premise that suicide is a noble response is problematic enough for a person beset in pain and dying with a wasting disease. But when applied to someone who has a blissful life other than the girl he loves marrying someone else...well it's not really to be taken seriously. I understand it was very popular in its day, and caused a small wave of suicides among the young intelligensia. One more enthusiasm that has not worn well over time, thank God. It's very well written.
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Young Werther's reaction to his love being unrequited is unhealthy, to say the least. His extreme, irrational behavior in that situation doesn't resonate with me, but Goethe's psychological insight and his portrayal of a character doomed by his own overwrought response to rejection makes this an interesting read.
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Read it back in college for a humanities class and just read it again. Such a great read. Almost every page has an amazing description or observation that blows your mind that Goethe even thought of it let alone put it perfectly to words. Reminded me somewhat of the great writing by Fitzgerald in Gatsby - ironically another story of impossible love and tragedy - I'm sure Fitz read Sorrows and had some notion of it when he wrote Gatsby.
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Meant to be the Catcher in the Rye of its day enthusing adolescent minds but times must have been dull if so
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I read this story because I have tickets to see "Werther" the opera by Massent. In the opera Charlotte attends him at his death. By today's standards he seems so shallow. I wonder what a psychiatrist would make of him.
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