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Faust: Part Two (Goethe's Faust #2)

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This is a new translation of Faust, Part Two by David Luke, whose translation of Faust, Part I was the winner of the European Poetry Translation Prize. Here, Luke expertly imitates the varied verse-forms of the original, and provides a highly readable and actable translation which includes an introduction, full notes, and an index of classical mythology.
Kindle Edition, 359 pages
Published April 30th 2009 by Penguin Classics (first published 1832)
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May 09, 2016 Annie rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german
Er so according to Wikipedia, "Appreciation of the work often requires an extensive knowledge of Greek mythology, and it is arguably one of the most difficult works of world literature."

Eh. No. Cmon. Is that a joke? This is 1000% more accessible than anything by James Joyce, John Milton, and dozens of other writers. Even a rudimentary knowledge of classical myth & lit will make this readable.

Didn't enjoy it as much as Part 1, though. This is defs more sophisticated, to be sure... but it lack
Feb 01, 2015 Isidora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Dok prvi (i opštepoznati) deo "Fausta" znam gotovo napamet, moram priznati da sam drugi tek sada pročitala po prvi put. Trenutni utisak je moguće svesti na sledeće reči:"drugačije. Klasično, jednako impresivno, ali, DRUGAČIJE". Prvi deo je (barem meni lično) i dalje upečatljiviji, snažniji, tragičniji. Drugi predstavlja Geteovu erudiciju na delu, sintezu svih elemenata antike, kako po galeriji njenih ličnosti koje uvodi, tako i po stilu, stihu, ideji...odnosno, načinu na koji je izvedena. Zahtev ...more
Jun 18, 2015 Sookie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: philosophy, 2015, poetry, plays
It is no accident that there are many literary figures that are built on this classic. Be it Don Quixote or Don Juan, they all share the same over achieving characters that Faust desperately tries to. He goes as far as committing suicide in search of a moment of true bliss.

He takes on an adventure with the Devil after making a wager. What follows is romance, tragedy, heartbreak and adventure. The interesting twist is the Devil himself has made a bet with the angels so he moves with an agenda of
Roxana-Mălina Chirilă
I think that the title is a bit misleading - it makes one expect "Faust, Part Two" to be the sequel to "Faust, Part One". Instead, this reads more like "The New Faust: Containing an Emperor of Much Import and Lavish Greek Settings".

The play opens with Faust getting his memory wiped by a fairy - so he no longer remembers the tragic end met by his lover, or pretty much anything that he previously did, except that he had the devil by his side.

For reasons unknown to me, he goes to the Emperor's cour
E.A. Bucchianeri
Goethe's "Faust" is arguably the most important milestone in Romantic literature. Taking the famous medieval legend of Dr. Faustus and his pact with the devil, Goethe adapted the tale of old, and transformed it into a great love story, and a probing poetical tract on the nature of good and evil, salvation and damnation, failing and striving, the innate search for truth and lasting fulfilment.

After his tragic love affair with Margareta in Part One, Faust is mystically restored by a band of elvin
Priscila Jordão
Dec 30, 2013 Priscila Jordão rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alemã
Para os leitores médios como eu, isto é, aqueles não versados em crítica literária ou profundos conhecedores da mitologia greco-romana, a segunda parte do Fausto de Goethe é potencialmente irritante.

Quem se aventura por esse monumental segundo volume, bastante grosso na edição bilíngue da Editora 34, provavelmente teve sua curiosidade atiçada pela primeira parte da tragédia, mais curta e que condensa altas doses de dramaticidade própria do romantismo alemão em um período histórico bem definido.
Sep 03, 2010 Khan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Faust II is in der Tat einer der schwersten literarischen Texte, die man lesen kann.

Ich hab die Reclam-Version gelesen mit den dazugehörigen "Erläuterungen und Dokumente" und bei Gott, dass muss man auch, ansonsten würde man nicht mal 1/3 des Textes verstehen.

Was mich wirklich gestört hat ist die Tatsache, dass die Geschichte nur zum Teil Faust involvierte. Meistens folgte man Mephisto, was einerseits gut, aber andererseits schlecht ist. In einem Stück namens Faust möchte man mehr über den Chara
Marcos Junior
Feb 17, 2015 Marcos Junior rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
A raiz de toda destruição do século XX, e que ainda perdura em vários lugares, está no homem Fáustico, que realiza um pacto com o mal para ter liberdade de perseguir seus desejos. Toda intervenção mágica de Mefistófeles pode ser representado pelo extraordinário avanço tecnológico, que deu ao superhomem sem limites morais o poder para subjugar o mundo e realizar seus sonhos. A tese de Goethe é que o mal se encontra a serviço do bem e por isso Fausto é salvo no final pela intervenção da Virgem Mar ...more
I read this a long, long time ago and to be honest I didn't understand it all. Probably because the book deals with subjects that are unknown to me like Greek mythology. I really look forward to reading it again and maybe even understand it this time!
Robert Sheppard
Jul 02, 2013 Robert Sheppard rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is universally revered as one of the great immortal geniuses of World Literature, and his great classic "Faust," the epic drama of the scholar's pact with the devil that has come to embody the spirit of the West and its fated love affair with limitless knowledge and technology, is ofte
Perry Whitford
Sep 28, 2015 Perry Whitford rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The second and concluding part of Goethe's Faust, written years after the first part, is a very different play altogether. Faustus is now an eminent figure, a person of influence in the Emperor's court. But he is still unfulfilled, and the condition of the state is similarly parlous.

Mistrusted and feared by all but invaluable for the services their magic can bring, Faustus and Mephistopheles rescue the state from bankruptcy by promising to deliver gold from beneath the earth, but instead introd
Jul 15, 2014 Albert rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This play is tough. the toughest thing I ever read that I still plan on reading it again in order to actually understand it.

You need concentration, you need skill and you need tricks up your brain in order to fully understand and know how to read this play.

However I loved it. Again this book is filled with laughs, tragedy, eroticism, magic and even a bit of science fiction.

unbelievably interwoven one more time with the adventures of Faust and Mephisto.

This time going beyond what is a genre.
Nov 10, 2013 Juls rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
nie wieder!
أحمد شاكر
Feb 12, 2014 أحمد شاكر rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: مسرحية
(الفصل الأول)
وتبدأ الحياة الجديدة في قصر الامبراطور حيث ينعقد مجلس الدولة برئاسة الامبراطور للنظر في مشاكل الامبراطورية. ويجلس الامبراطور علي كرسي العرش يحيط به كوكبة من رجال البلاط، وعن يمينه يجلس المنجم.
ويمثل مفستوفيلس أمام الامبراطور الضعيف الارادة، الذي ليس له رغبة أو قدرة علي إدارة الامبراطورية، وقد شاع فيها الفساد، وعم النقص في كل شيء: في المال، والانتاج الزراعي والحيواني.
ويدور جدل بين الوزراء والامبراطور ويشارك فيه مفستوفيلس، حول توفير المال اللازم للامبراطورية. حيث يقترح مفستوفيلس استخرا
Tim Hobbs
Oct 16, 2016 Tim Hobbs rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Jan 12, 2014 Bogdan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: theatrum-mundi
Definitively this second part of the tragedy is no easy reading. It is one the most complex literary works I have ever read full of references to Greek mythology. It is not very easy to follow and I had a hard time to recall some details of the highschool lectures around Ancient Greek and Roman mythology.

The premise is not so easy to identify, as in the first part. Mainly because apparently there is no conflict and Goethe seems to do nothing but describe a fantastical world, populated by mythica
Nathan Hillyer
If anyone is going to embark on Faust (1 or 2) translated by David Luke, one probably couldn't do better by the translation itself. It flows easily in a contemporary sense, and Luke gives a convincing explanation of his rule of verse. The humor is not lost, and the simple beauty is conveyed well. However, Luke's introduction is almost mind-melting. In the 2nd part, it is 85 pages of disjointed explanation of Geothe's fragmented compilation of changing directions and attitudes towards the complet ...more
Oct 17, 2009 Kelly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a very funny book. From a chattering brilliant mind. ...funny and brilliant as Melville.

I am reading this right now. It is hilarious, insane, wonderful. well not insane at all, just the mix/ meeting of the classical gods, pre-classical gods and our paltry contemporary icons coming together.

Deep quest of life meeting myths of life jambalaya. Sphinxes and ants and the devil all talk to each other. Everyone is invited to dinner. Just think of all your smartest craziest friends getting toge
Ronald Morton
Feb 24, 2016 Ronald Morton rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
***This review pertains to the David Luke translation***

I have to acknowledge that I was slightly hesitant to read Part Two. Here's why:

1. Luck goes out of his way to discuss the competing critical theories surrounding Part Two (it's a mess vs. it's entirely as Goethe intended) in his introduction to Part One. Pretty much just because - it's almost an aside and then he continues discussion Part One. There's no good reason to discuss it where he does, it's almost like he's getting it out of the w
Während den ersten Teil der Tragödie zu lesen mich in meiner nur noch latent vorhandenen Überzeugung der Genialität Goethes neu überzeugt hat, hinterlässt der zweite Teil des Faust gemischtere Gefühle. Inhaltlich wie sprachlich ist dies ein sehr verworrenes Machwerk, dessen Wert zu erkennen so schwer ist, dass ich auch mehr als eine Woche nach dem Lesen des letzten Verses mich immer noch nicht in der Lage sehe, eine "Sterne-Bewertung" abzugeben.
Faust I. ist persönlich, Faust II. allumfassend. Es
Elliott Bignell
Reviewing in English for consistency with my backlog.

Once again, I feel that I am committing lése-majesté in not giving Goethe all five stars, so let me start by saying what is great about this great work: The language is beautiful, as fine as you will find in the German language. It is highly demanding of the vocabulary, so you'll need to be a native speaker or functionally bilingual to really follow it, and even native-speaking scholars are still debating what it all actually means. It also re
Gopal Vijayaraghavan
After dooming Gretchen to her death, the journey of Faust continues in the company Mephisto. They help the emperor in distress.Action shifts to the ends of ocean. Greek Mythology blends with the tale of Paust. The immortal Helen is brought back to life and light. But brief joys must be the lot of Faust and Helen as woes overwhelm. The magic wears of and Helen again descends into Hades. Faust and Mephisto help the emperor who faces rebellion with their witchcraft to win back his kingdom. In the b ...more
Feb 01, 2015 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, plays
I read part I a long time ago. Now I'm reading a version which is a Google eBook

Title Faust: a tragedy : the second part, Volume 2
Author Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Translated by James Adey Birds
Publisher Longmans, Green, 1889
Original from the University of Wisconsin - Madison
Digitized Aug 18, 2010
Length 450 pages, lots of references to ancient mythology, which I am not well versed in. Also, I suspect that poetry simply doesn't translate well. I can't s
Robyn Blaber
Jan 05, 2012 Robyn Blaber rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. I'm not sure that this play is aptly named. Though, Faust is in it, it doesn't seem to be an extension of the first play at all. The central character seems to be Helen of Troy (formerly Sparta). There is also the introduction of this weird homunculus (Faust's creation) asking all the hard metaphysical questions. Naturally he seeks the answers from the ancient Greeks... perhaps not the best place to look given the advantages of more modern philosophers. His voyage is interesting though. Unf ...more
Jan 06, 2014 Kaycie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was a huge disappointment for me coming off of Faust 1. I was expecting the conclusion of Faust 1, and that is absolutely not what this poem was. Most of this was random characters from mythology or other stories, and while I'm sure it was full of allusions and all kinds of fun stuff, it isn't the story I wanted to read at all.

There were a few parts that I was still interested in, however. The very last part of the book is the conclusion I was looking for to Part 1. I still wish we wou
Nov 03, 2013 Stuart rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love the Faust Legend, and I love the ambition and scope of Goethe's retelling, and nowhere is scope more the object of the game than in part two of his epic dramatic poem. Sometimes, in all honesty, there is too much scope, and while some sections of the poem feel necessary and like they continue to expand the legend and characters of Faust and Mephistopheles, other sections of the poem just feel overly long and strained, becoming tedious as Goethe becomes wrapped up in the importance of his ...more
Jan 02, 2009 Dave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Faust, Parts I & II, are together considered the most important work of literature in the German language. Unlike its predecessor, Christopher Marlowe's "Dr. Faustus", where Faust sells his soul to the Devil, this one involves a wager between God and Mephistopheles (the Devil) about the value of creation. This plays out in the course of the two volumes to culminate in a perhaps surprising ending.

The first volume is relatively straight forward; the second is highly complex involving a substan
Yair Ben-Zvi
Aug 24, 2011 Yair Ben-Zvi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A sublime and wonderful work. Stuart Atkin's translation commendably shows the power and grandeur of Goethe's masterwork in a complex but somehow still (mostly) accessible English rendition. Reading about the history of the work and of Goethe himself, it's not that it's a wonder that the work is what it is now, but rather that it was ever conceived and finished at all. The first part is wonderful, even in its linearity, but the second part transcends not only the form of the closet drama but of ...more
Connor Gallagher
Here I'd been lead to believe this was the better half. Instead, Faust it barely in the damn story. Instead we get a showing of Goethe's brilliant understanding of Greek mythology, complete with unending choruses, but a real lack of actual DRAMA. That, and the story meanders pointlessly. Oh, and this version of Faust gets to go to heaven because...he was real smart? The hell? He spent both books chiefly lusting after women. Here I thought we had the tale of a learned man who deals with the devil ...more
Steve Penner
Faust, Part II by Goethe may be the least read classic on the classics list and with good reason. It is a difficult read as much of it is steeped in Greek history, mythology and lore. It would be undecipherable without the notes and index which explains much. The portrayal of Satan as Mephistopheles provides the most interest in the story. The final disposition of Faust's soul in Act V is interesting as it reflects the Christian beliefs of the time. One major problem is trying to figure out who ...more
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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer. George Eliot called him "Germany's greatest man of letters... and the last true polymath to walk the earth." Goethe's works span the fields of poetry, drama, literature, theology, humanism, and science. Goethe's magnum opus, lauded as one of the peaks of world literature, is the two-part drama Faust. Goethe's other well-known literary works include h ...more
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