This is a very special book If you are an admirer of both Thomas Mann and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe arguably the reatest literary iant in German history admirer of both Thomas Mann and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe arguably the reatest literary iant in German history will capture rare insight of both menThe only problem with the book is that as a prereuisite one certainly must be familiar with Goethe s The Sorrows of Young Werther for this book to really be appreciated Mann s conception and writing is first rate as always One could probably enjoy read Well I read it in Japanese translation One of two books I read in 2010 over which I lingered the longestthe other being Schild s Ladder by Greg Egan Its audacity of structure depth and breadth of knowledge on Goethe and entle sense of irony were all eye opening I mean who else writing on Goethe has the uts to show the reat man Who on God's Earth do you 'think' you are?: A true story about TRANSCENDING the ILLUSION of SEPARATION get so aroused by his own fantasies that he starts to masterbatethis if my interpretation of the scene is correct in the translation Such a rewarding book that I now long to read Joseph and His Brothers and finish Doktor Faustus this isn t a novel half comedic Lustspiel half platonic dialogue this is Mann s study on Goethe his person his work and his artistry and to some extent on Mann himself and his self conception The level of detail in this is honestly awe inspiring but even though it is filled with lots of typical Mann tongue in cheek humour I would bestow it with the predicate interesting rather than entertaining which isn t necessarily a bad thing The predominant non fictional reflections are really thought provocing but in turn the few fictionalnovelistic elements don t always work imo The first characteristic of this book wich you will remark is its refinement a refinement wich made Thomas Mann famous with Buddenbrooks but to a whole new level this time no wonder since there are 38 years between these two beautiful works it s than charming The society back then was charming elegance manners language everythingAfter a while and you d be right to believe so you would have the impression that this will only turn out to be an afternoon full of conversations masterly crafted between Lotte and some of Goethe s acuaintances in her hotel room but just after youet used with the fact that she s never oing to meet Goethe and that s fine since the book is anything but boring finally she actually decides to decline all of those who d wa. Forty years after their youthful association Lotte Kestner real life heroine of Goethe's famous novel The Sorrows of Werther makes a pilgrimage to Weimer to see Goethe Upon her arrival Lotte to her surprise is reeted as a celebrity and taken up into Goethe's setThomas Mann fascinated with the concept
Thomas Mann ☆ 1 READIn humanity A masterpiece from a MASTER BECAUSE OF MY INFATUATION WITH Because of my infatuation with Sorrows of Young Werther I had high hopes for this fictitious depiction of historical possibilities But it was long
Winded And I Can T Imagine Howand I can t imagine how could have stayed interested The Sorrows of Young Mike is a much better option if you are looking to read deeper into something that pertains to Werther Only a novelist as self possessed as Mann could adeuately tackle the monumental subject of Goethe Indeed it seems that with a work
As Uniue In Style Asuniue in style as Mann was attempting to make yet another stride toward the same vast stylistic breadth as Goethe s own oeuvre of verseThe premise is so simple yet the philosophic scope so wide and rich Whether such a reunion between Goethe and the inspiration for his The Sorrows of Young Werther ever occurred or not the reader will insist This is how it must have been It had to have been Mann would have us believe it was the poet s final fated retribution Less a novel than a work of social and literary criticism in the Mesagerul guise of fiction this is a masterly work but not a masterpiece like Magic Mountain Much of the book resembles a Platonic dialogue though there is often less dialogue as such than long expositions and narrative by one character told to another who mostly listens The incident around which the novel revolves is the visit of Lotte of Sorrows of Young Werther to Thomas Mann admired Goethe tremendously wrote essays about him andave lectures on this author It is safe to say that Mann was fascinated by the author This novel portrays Goethe as a difficult irritating selfish aging man who is devoted primarily to his own special interests and pursuits The psychology of a man like this is plumbed with the acuity of the Judy Blume: Fearless Storyteller for Teens great writer that Mann was by the late nineteen thirties The character of Goethe is delineated through the perspectives of Lotte Goethe s son August and Adele Schopenhauer The views of Goethe of each of these in turn seem to mirror their perspectives Filled with scenes from Goethe s life his character isradually revealed his enius as a writer is plumbed and his works are revealed through interpolated uotations The novel is an interesting experiment in style that differs in many ways from other of Mann s works I have read while still maintaining the voice of the author. Woman who in her youth was the model for Charlotte in Goethe's widely read The Sorrows of Young Werther Lotte's thoughts as she anticipates meeting Goethe again after forty years and her conversations with those in Weimar who knew the reat man allow Mann to assess Goethe's enius from many points of vi. Nt to have a chat or speak with
her and oand o her relatives and meet Goethe later onBeing inside the mind of Goethe relatives and meet Goethe later onBeing inside the mind of Goethe see from his eyes not literally ofcourse is a wonderful experience Also all the reference to his works yet not a critical study but words and opinions by his relatives and acuaintances is a valuable contribution in understanding them a little betterLotte s perspective on the world is not something you should omit It is really interesting to see what is her reaction and opinion on Goethe s famous epistolary novel The sorrows of young Werther and the conseuences
That Book Had On Herbook had on her life You will also notice she has uite an intellect and her views concerning the world are nothing short of spiritThe ending of this novel is sublime Lotte s fever after being silenced by Goethe who sais his final words cannot be describedit s overwhelmingThe allegory with the fly and the candle wich she had used against him claiming that everyone close to him are sacrificing for him is superbly reversed he is the candle that consumes itself so that everyone could be enlightened by itA beautiful and undeniable proof of Mann s admiration for Goethe Definitely something worthy to be writtenOne of my favorite books from him not sure if it s in second place but definitely in top three A bit tedious at times but mostly because I felt like I should know about some of the characters prior to this reading I m not smart enough or informed enough for this book as real life people are mentioned like I should know their personal biographies I m sure if I knew about Goethe and his circle this story would have been interesting on many levels than it was for me But none the less I found it interesting on the surface levels that I could embrace The basis of the story would make for a ood movie I think it would be difficult to live the life of a person whom a literary character is based onespecially one who would be obviously recognized by the How to Live the James Bond Lifestyle: The Complete Seminar general populace One of the later novels of Thomas Mann imagining how the meeting wouldo between Goethe and Charlotte who was the inspiration behind his first novel Sorrows of Young Werther when she came to Weimar for a visit in the 1816 Full of wisdom and philosophical commentary on life with some stream of consciousness episodes and a broad duality transcending perspective. F enius and with the richness of German culture found in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe the embodiment of the German culture hero Mann's novelistic biography of Goethe was first published in English in 1940 Lotte in Weimar is a vivid dual portrait a complex study of Goethe and of Lotte the still vivacious.