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G 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 been It had to have been Mann would s believe it was the poet s final fated retribution Less a novel than a work of social and literary criticism in the 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 Weimar where the book s author Goethe has long lived Thomas Mann admired Goethe tremendously wrote essays about him and gave 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 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 thirties The character of Goethe is delineated through the perspectives of Lotte Goethe s son August 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 is gradually revealed his genius as a writer is plumbed and his works are revealed through interpolated otations 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 great man allow Mann to assess Goethe's genius from many points of vi. L 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 conversat 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 people are mentioned like I should know personal biographies I m sure like I should know their personal biographies I m sure 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 good 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 general populace One of the later novels of Thomas Mann imagining how the meeting would go 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 in humanity A masterpiece from a master Because of my infatuation with The 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 how anyone 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 niue in style as this Mann was attemptin. F genius 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. ,
This is a very special book If you are an admirer of both Thomas Mann and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe arguably the greatest literary giant in German history you 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 one certainly must be familiar with Goethe s The Sorrows of Young Werther for this book to be appreciated Mann s conception and writing is first rate as always One could probably enjoy reading this without knowledge of Werther but much will be missed And anyway The Sorrows of Young Werther is a short book that can be read in a day or two and will add so much enjoyment to Lotte in Weimer 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 gentle sense of irony were all eye opening I mean who else writing on Goethe has the guts to show were all eye opening I mean who else writing on Goethe has the guts to show great man 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 entertai 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 beautifu. 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 greeted as a celebrity and taken p into Goethe's setThomas Mann fascinated with the concept

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