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Faust Paperback – January 7, 2013

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (January 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1481933388
  • ISBN-13: 978-1481933384
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,031,479 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Anyone who purchases this particular edition of Faust will be short-changed by the publisher. This edition does not contain the full text of Bayard Taylor's translation or Part One. (Part Two is another matter altogether.) In particular, they omit a significant portion of Faust's despairing soliloquy from the very first scene: Night. The lines they omit (lines 600-735 in Taylor's original translation) are in fact quite significant to the work because these are the lines where Faust is overwhelmed by his despair at his inadequacy and sees the vial of poison and contemplates suicide. The Renaissance Classics edition omits this rather profound and dramatic segment and so the reader can never quite grasp the emotional and psychological depth of Faust's subsequent need to follow Satan. (In fact, without the poison scene, it makes little dramatic sense as well. Unfortunately, all the publishers did was download a free and abridged version of Taylor's translation from the Internet and printed that. So if you read this edition, you should probably get the complete text so you can see what you have missed.
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For crying out loud "Faust" is a damn classic. How could it be anything but terrific! May not be everyone's genre but generations upon generations have proclaimed it great! Now, personally, I think it is magnificent as well. . . Faust is all of us.
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It is apparent that the translator in this edition went to great pains to keep fidelity to the original work. This is a fine copy for study or even just for fun.
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I had never read any of Goethe before, so wanted to read Faust, probably his most famous creation. I found it a bit difficult to read in some places because of the translation, and found myself re-reading some parts multiple times. A story of good and evil (mostly Evil). I found it mostly engaging and interesting from the way it was written (in rhyme) and glad I read it.
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This is the Charles Brooks translation, despite the quick view showing the Bayard Taylor translation. Lines 600 to 735 are intact! But I found the writing clunkier than Taylor’s version. For example, the last lines of PROLOGUE FOR THE THEATRE.

Taylor’s version:

The circle of Creation will appear,
And move, as we deliberately impel,
From Heaven, across the World, to Hell!

Brooks’ version:
Stride through the whole creation’s round,
And with considerate swiftness wander
From heaven, through this world, to the world down yonder.

It just doesn’t have the same ring to it.
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When Goethe worked on "Faust" over a period of sixty years, he called it 'this very serious jest.'

This 'jest' is a treasure.

Translated into the original meters from the German, this gives a poetic strength to the work.

There are entire passages in the book that one would want to memorize. For example:

-Released from snow are ice and river,

-By the quickening glance of the gracious spring,

-The colors of hope to the valley cling,

-And weak old winter must himself shiver,

-Withdrawn to the mountains, a crownless king.-

Some modern readers may chafe at the word twists.

But Goethe was not writing something for today's jogger to take on a jet trip to pass the time.

He paints the human experience that we all go through in this masterpiece.

-------Frank Hickey, writer of the Max Royster crime novels of Pigtown Books
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