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Undine

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  807 Ratings  ·  93 Reviews
Undine is a novel by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué concerning Undine, a water spirit who marries a Knight named Huldebrand in order to gain a soul. It is an early German romance, which has been translated into English and other languages. The novel served as inspiration for two operas in the romantic style by Ernst Theodor Amadeus Hoffmann and Albert Lortzing, respectively, ...more
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Published by London : W. Heinemann ; New York : Doubleday, Page & co. (first published 1811)
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Miguel
Jan 04, 2016 Miguel rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ondina é um clássico dos primórdios do romantismo alemão, escrito por um homem que se apaixonou pelo galões militares e que lutou pelo entusiasmo do amor. Edgar Allan Poe admirava o seu autor, La Motte-Fouqué, e esta sua obra-prima era ardentemente apreciada por Wagner.
Eu, que sou um zé-ninguém, um homúnculo, digo que, se pudesse visitar o século XIX, levaria comigo uma caixa de calmantes, sedativos, drageias, soluções diluentes e beberagens, o que fosse, porque os meus nervos frágeis não ag
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Lee
Feb 11, 2013 Lee rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read free Gutenberg Project ePub file on iPhone with sleeping newborn sprite (she was living in an aquatic environment just a few days ago) on chest or nearby. Read it thanks to an encouraging mention in Lovecraft's Supernatural Horror in Literature. It's a long fairy tale in form and tone, a supernatural love triangle involving the coolest secondary character I've seen in a while: an impish uncle who's half-man/half-brook. As H.P. states, early on it nicely evokes the unknown, particularly in t ...more
Chris

So this is the tale that launched a thousand mermaid stories.
If you can launch a mermaid story, that is.
Now, it is an old story – you know before women were considered fully fledged members of the human race and stuff.
In some ways, it is rather sympathetic to the two women – one a water spirit, the other a human woman – both of whom love the same man – who is a wishy washy jerk.
It is the human woman who elicits more reaction and sympathy. Her life is turned upside down and she is condemned
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Burçak Kılıç
Oct 28, 2011 Burçak Kılıç rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Çok güzel bir hikayeydi etkiledi beni bayağı :)
Bir gün bir balıkçı adam ve karısının kız bebekleri göl kenarında kaybolur ve akşama 3-4 yaşlarında çok güzel, sarışın bir kız üzerinden sular damlayarak kapılarında belirir ve bu aile kızı manevi çocukları olarak kabul ederler. İlerleyen yıllarda bir şovalyenin yolu bu ailenin yanına düşer ve görür görmez kızımız Undine'ye aşık olur ve onla evlenmek ister. Undine ise kendisi hakkındaki gerçeği anlatır adam onu kabul ederse evet demeye razı olur. U
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Vida
Aug 13, 2011 Vida rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I heard this described as a true fairytale. Intrigued, I read it and was not disappointed. A tragic tale of an elemental who seeks to gain a soul through unconditional love and marriage to a human. ( A handsome Knight of course) This book caters to all aspects of a true fairytale; a subtle yet revealing moral, magic and mystery, and of course, love and betrayal. My heart continuously went out to the beautiful "water-spirit" who so desperately wanted a soul, a better inner life and to the Knight, ...more
Antje
Ein wundersames sinnliches Märchen, das den dafür empfänglichen Leser mit einer melancholischen schönen Wassernymphe namens Undine bezaubert und ihn in eine Sprachwelt voller Poesie und romantischer Bilder entführt. Der Erzählrhythmus ist ganz nach dem Wesen des Wassers, das uns durch die gesamte Geschichte trägt: leise fließend bis kraftvoll rauschend oder gar tosend über die Ufer brechend.
Die Handlung fesselte mich von Anbeginn durch die Einführung des Ritters auf seinen weißen Hengst, der du
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Lacey Louwagie
Even though I just finished this book yesterday, I feel the need to write my review quickly because it's a story that seems to slide out of my mind; when I would walk away from it and come back, it often took me a moment to reorient myself to this strange little story. Perhaps such slipperiness is appropriate for a story about a volatile water creature, but everything just felt so wishy-washy to me that I had trouble finding much to hold onto. Undine was a spoiled child or an angelic woman. The ...more
Natira
Jul 10, 2016 Natira rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobook
Ich habe mir Undine vorlesen lassen, ganz wunderbar geruhsam von Rainer Buck. Lasst Euch nicht von meinr langen Hördauer täuschen: Ich habe es immer nur gehört, wenn ich mit dem Rad bergan zur Arbeit fuhr, was eindeutig bislang in diesem Jahr zu selten passierte. ;)

Die Geschichte um den Wassergeist Undine, welche den Ritter Huldbrand ehelicht, brauchte etwas, bis sie mich packte. Gerade zu Anfang war Undines Benehmen (ich sah sie im
Geiste wie ein kleines Kind mit dem Fuße aufstampfen und hörte
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Selin
Aug 14, 2012 Selin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012-summer



Bende blog macerasına atıldım :D
bu yorumu aynı zamanda blogumda da bulabilirsiniz
Can yayınlarının geçtiğimiz yıl yayınlamaya başladığı gotik-romantik serisine başlayabildim sonunda, ve ilk olarak seçimimi J.R.R Tolkien'in Yüzüklerin Efendisi'ne esin kaynağı olan Der Zauberring'in (sihirli yüzük) yazarı FRIEDRICH DE LA MOTTE FOUQUÉ'un 1809 yılında yazdığı Undine oldu.
Gerçekten güzel bir öyküydü. Beni etkiledi diyebilirim. Günümüzde özellikle maddi amaçlı adı gotik eserlerin yanında ilaç gibi ge
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Joanna
My wonderful, awesome boyfriend got me a copy of this book from 1909, illustrated by Arthur Rackham, for Christmas. It's become one of my most prized possessions. It is beautifully written (or translated, I suppose I should say) and of course, stunningly illustrated. I consider it a masterful example of the literary fairytale.

I like the story of Undine better than Hans Christian Anderson's "The Little Mermaid" for a number of reasons, though it features with very similar plot elements and theme
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Helmut
Nov 05, 2013 Helmut rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Das kommt davon, wenn gleich sich nicht zu gleich gesellt, wenn Mensch und Meerfräulein ein wunderliches Bündnis schließen
Die Liebe überschreitet alle Grenzen - der reiche Ritter Huldbrand, Schlossbesitzer, lernt auf einem unfreiwilligen Zwischenstop das arme Fischermädchen Undine kennen, und entbrennt sofort in Liebe zu ihr. Wenn es doch die einzige Grenzüberschreitung wäre...

"Undine" ist eine recht gelungene Mischung aus klassischer Gothic Novel und Hauffs Märchen - mal fühlt man sich ins Schl
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Gale
THE SACRIFICE OF A WATER SPRITE

This is the original fairy tale Noir, which inspired all the rest: ballet, opera, Giroudoux' ONDINE and Osborne's HAUNTED WATERS. This novella examines the spiritual question of the Soul--that elusive qualify in which mankind trusts. Can it be other than God-given? Can it be acquired through marriage or noble deeds, bartered or even sold outright? Does the possession of a soul make one's life easier or more difficult, one's moral decisions clearer or more complex?
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Isa Lavinia
Undine Okay, I feel like one of those people who go, "omg, the Glee cover was WAY better than the original", but...

I read Jean Giraudoux's Ondine when I was a child, and re-read it a thousand times since, plus I watched the wonderful comédie-française production, starring a young Isabelle Adjani, so it's fair to say I'm a little bit obsessed with Giraudoux's take on the story.

I guess since that story is practically set in stone in my mind, when I got to the original by Motte Fouqué, every page o
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Will
Aug 06, 2016 Will rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
"In der Stille der tiefer dunkelnden Nacht, aus der das Gewitter immer ferner und schweigsamer abdonnerte, in dem behaglichen Gefühl der Sicherheit und des bequemen Fortkommens entspann sich zwischen Huldbrand und Bertalda ein trauliches Gespräch. Mit schmeichelnden Worten schalt er sie um ihr trotziges Flüchten; mit Demut und Rührung entschuldigte sie sich, und aus allem, was sie sprach, leuchtete es hervor, gleich einer Lampe, die dem Geliebten zwischen Nacht und Geheimnis kundgibt, die Gelieb ...more
Skye
Feb 23, 2016 Skye rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm just fascinated by the 'elemental creatures without souls' theme in folk and fairy tales, and so I adored this. Beautifully written if a bit weak in plot. The descriptions of Kuhleborn were particularly memorable, and he was probably the most fascinating character of the story, although I liked Undine in the beginning also. This work has a lot to say, quite unintentionally, about gender and marriage. Easily comparable with HCA's The Little Mermaid.
Alexandra Gold
The permise and plot was interesting but the execution kinda suffered from a lack of substance.
Sure Undine and the knight were good as a couple but the implication of a love triangle was a turning off my interest.
Parts of this novella are pretty great though.
The ending sure is creepy but makes up for the weak points.
Marts  (Thinker)
Feb 04, 2013 Marts (Thinker) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy, 2013-reads
A wicked tale about a 'water spirit' who marries a knight, claiming to love him unconditionally, in order to claim his soul.
Includes all the elements of a scary classic. A seemingly haunted forest, a house in a really deserted area, a storm, horses, a castle, and the likes of such...
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Eski masalları sevenler beğenir. Hoş bir kitaptı.Undine`nin bir insanı sevip ruha kavuşması ve sonra gelişen olaylarla da sevdiğinden ayrılması anlatılıyor. Tabi bu özet hali. hüzünlü bir hikaye.:{ ...more
Kathy
Jul 21, 2014 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story. Old fashion fairy tale, a bit creepy -- but one needs to read these tales.
Jana
Apr 29, 2016 Jana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gorgeous images, not so likeable characters.
Lamprini
Feb 04, 2016 Lamprini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
just amazing.bow to such a writting
Paul Groos
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Shizuku
La historia nos lleva a conocer a Ondina, una joven la cual es una ninfa acuática, la cual, un día, se presenta en la casa de unos humildes pescadores que vivían en un bosque cerca de un rio. Dichos pescadores perdieron a su hija o la dieron por perdida debido a que cuando era joven se les ahogo en el rio por accidente. Ondina viene y se presenta como una niña misteriosa, la cual, no sabe nada de si misma solo su nombre. Después de varios años, el caballero Huldbrand llega ala casa de los pescad ...more
Ruth Ann
Dec 02, 2015 Ruth Ann rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Little Mermaid by Disney filmmakers recreates the fairy tale written by Hans Christian Andersen in 1837. Undine, published in 1811, is an earlier version about the water spirit that marries a knight to gain a soul. This German novella influenced many other adaptations in literature, music, and art. Further research shows much earlier fourteenth century folklore about a feminine water spirit in the Melusine legends and Roman poet Ovid's Metamorphoses as a source for the undines.

Undine tells
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Shannon
Apr 15, 2010 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What a strange little story. I ordered a copy of the book because I'm interested in the Ashton ballet Ondine, which is loosely based on it. (A DVD of the ballet will be available in the US in May, although it's not the old recording of Margot Fonteyn that I'm dying to see based on this clip.)

I'm glad I started with the written version of the story. It's a fairy tale, and the characterization lacks detail and sometimes feels inconsistent. Still, I like Undine a lot, especially at the beginning wh
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Angelli
Oct 16, 2012 Angelli rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
I learned of "Undine" from "Little Women" by Louisa May Alcott because Jo was saying she wanted to buy this book.

Aside from "Anne of Green Gables", this book is the only book that I have read again and again (and again). I'll admit, the first time I read the book there was a lot I didn't understand especially the poem at the beginning but when I read it for the second time, I just came to love it! And after reading the book for the second time then reading the poem then, suddenly it all made sen
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Jeana
Sep 04, 2008 Jeana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: beloved-classics
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Mark Dewey
After playing the SNES game, The Secret of Mana as a kid, it's not surprising that I wanted to read this book and find out more about Undine. So, I listened to it. I wanted to do a different translation, but this was the only one they had on audio, and I'm doing too much creative writing and hymn engraving these days to bother reading it just yet. However, I ended up liking this translation after all, knowing what the story is like.

Anyway, the book reads more like a classic than a fairy tale (al
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Christina
I heard about Undine in the book Love, Stargirl by Jerry Spinelli, who ruined the ending by the way. Anyway, the mention of a mermaid in either the book or the description of Undine, tickled my daughter's fancy and we decided to read it. So it's an 1811 novella written by a German Romantic. Who cares? I was impressed she actually wanted to read it.

Wow Nellie! The entire book readeth like this. It's in Old English. Nathless (actually a word), we read the entire thing. I had to look up words quite
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sabisteb
Nov 01, 2012 sabisteb rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
Der Ritter Huldbrand von Ringstettet muss, um einen Handschuh als Liebespfand seiner angebeteten Bertalda, der Pflegetochter des Herzogs, einen Wald durchqueren, in dem es Spuken soll und Bertalda anschießend berichten, welchen Wesen er begegnet ist. Am Ende des Waldes, kurz bevor die Nacht einbricht, kommt Huldbrand an einen Landspitze auf der ein altes Fischerpaar mit ihrer Findeltochter Undine lebt. Die Achtzehnjährige Undine ist eine Schönheit und ein wahrer Wildfang, sie verzaubert Huldbran ...more
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Friedrich Heinrich Karl de la Motte, Baron Fouqué (12 February 1777 – 23 January 1843) was a German writer of the romantic style.

He was born at Brandenburg an der Havel, of a family of French Huguenot origin, as evidenced in his family name. His grandfather, Heinrich August de la Motte Fouqué, had been one of Frederick the Great's generals and his father was a Prussian officer. Although not origin
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“You must know, my loved one, that there are beings in the elements which almost appear like mortals, and which rarely allow themselves to become visible to your race. Wonderful salamanders glitter and sport in the flames; lean and malicious gnomes dwell deep within the earth; spirits, belonging to the air, wander through the forests; and a vast family of water spirits live in the lakes and streams and brooks. In resounding domes of crystal, through which the sky looks in with its sun and stars, these latter spirits find their beautiful abode; lofty trees of coral with blue and crimson fruits gleam in their gardens; they wander over the pure sand of the sea, and among lovely variegated shells, and amid all exquisite treasures of the old world, which the present is no longer worthy to enjoy; all these the floods have covered with their secret veils of silver, and the noble monuments sparkle below, stately and solemn, and bedewed by the loving waters which allure from them many a beautiful moss-flower and entwining cluster of sea grass. Those, however, who dwell there, are very fair and lovely to behold, and for the most part, are more beautiful than human beings. Many a fisherman has been so fortunate as to surprise some tender mermaid, as she rose above the waters and sang. He would then tell afar of her beauty, and such wonderful beings have been given the name of Undines. You, however, are now actually beholding an Undine.” 7 likes
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