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Die Leiden des jungen Werther

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Visiting an idyllic German village, Werther, a sensitive and romantic young man, meets and falls in love with sweet-natured Lotte. Although he realizes that Lotte is to marry Albert, he is unable to subdue his passion for her, and his infatuation torments him to the point of absolute despair. The first great 'confessional' novel, 'The Sorrows of Young Werther' draws both o ...more
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Jul 22, 2015 Hans rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is s dangerous book. For anyone who has suffered from that unrequited love that burns like a fever will be able to relate uncannily well with this book. Unfortunately the ending is such that it inspired many people to use it like a template for their own lives when faced with a similar situation. While finishing up this book I wondered whether Goethe was ever aware or thought about the painful actions his book inspired.

This is a fictionalized autobiography of Goethe's own experience of bei
Jul 14, 2007 Eric rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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❁ بــدريــه ❁

بالبداية : هذه الرواية الفرق بينها وبين الحقيقة أن
فارتر اسمه جوته وهو لم ينتحر و أن ألبير
اسمه كستنر ، أنتشرت هذه الرواية في ألمانيا
أنتشارًا واسعًا و وقعت هذه الرواية في نفس
شارلوت و كستنر غضبًا على جوته وعاتباه على
تلك الرواية لأن أقحم حياتهم وخصوصياتهم و
أسرارهم في روايته !

تحكي قصة حقيقة حصلت للفيلسوف الألماني جوته
في شبابه وهي أنه حب فتاة شارلوت لكنها
مخطوبة فأخذ المحبة على شكل صداقة و صادق
خطيبها ألبير . حاول أن يكون وفّي لتلك الصداقة
و يظهر المودة لألبير وفعلًا كان كذلك و حبهُ
لشارلوت ك
Jonathan Ashleigh
Jun 08, 2016 Jonathan Ashleigh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, recent
I have read most english translations of this remarkable work and, while Burton Pike's translation is the most popular currently, it leaves a lot to be desired. It is too simple and misses the high points. The best translation (in my opinion) and the one that I keep going back to is Catherine Hutter's version — The Sorrows of Young Werther and Selected Writings.

“This is another one of those creatures whom, like the pelican, I have fed with the blood of my own heart... There were special circumst
Farshad Firuzi
May 28, 2016 Farshad Firuzi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مگر میشود رنج های ورتر جوان را بخوانی و از زیبایی عشق متحیر نشوی. قطعا به خود خواهی گفت : این یک مساله به غایت جدی ست.
I couldn't help but imagine young Werther as a high school, tweeting about all his troubles to the ether. So, without further ado, I present to you: The Tweets of Young Werther.

This is the kind of book that high school teachers should be making self-absorbed teenagers read. They can totally relate, both to the intense feelings of emotion and the complete conviction that no one in the world has ever felt the same way before. I couldn't relate that well, because really Werther just needs to man up
"I have been intoxicated more than once, my passions have never been far off insanity."

Although I have some sympathy for unrequited love, it was hard for me to understand Werther. My feelings toward him went back and forth between sympathy and frustration. At times I admired his love, at other times I found it to be very obsessive. Yes, he was sensitive and romantic, but the woman of his dreams did not lead him on in any way so I did find the way he behaved quite incomprehensible.

This was my f

It’s taken me well over a year to get through the saga of Young Werther’s love for his Lotte even though it’s quite a short little book. I plead mitigating circumstances. I didn’t plan to read this novel, a work which Goëthe distanced himself from in later life, but having come across a character called Goëthe and another called Lotte in Christine Brooke-Rose’s Textermination last year, I went in pursuit of their real-life story and found a trail which led to a fictional version of the same stor
Parthiban Sekar
May 23, 2016 Parthiban Sekar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Parthiban by: Sumati
I would not be mistaken if I think that many of us would have just eschewed this book by just seeing the first few words of the title. SORROW: the very word instigates a sense of a confused horror in us. Sorrow is one of the emotions which every great men cannot escape in their lives, as Dostoevsky says. Sorrow brings a state of helplessness from which the unfortunate weak ones cannot free themselves. Though the events of this story can be considered as unfortunate for our Werther but it can be ...more
May 29, 2007 Renée rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: favourites
Most beautiful book I've ever read. Goethe's style and prose is incredible. I'm not sure how well it translates to English, having read it in Dutch and German, but I'm sure there are many competant translators out there. Anyone who's not read this is really, really missing out as it's of an unequalled beauty.
"The illusion that life is but a dream has occurred to quite a few people, and I feel the same way about it." The narrator in one of my favorite books, The Book of Disquiet, also thought this of life, and I've found myself pondering the idea after hearing from Werther.
I turn in upon myself and find a world there, again more in a spirit of presentiment and dour longing than dramatically or with vitality. Then everything grows hazy in my mind and I go on smiling dreamily at the world.

This lef
Nidhi Singh
I am proud of my heart alone, it is the sole source of everything, all our strength, happiness and misery. All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.

If one doesn’t drown oneself in its indulgent water, sorrow can deepen, can humanize and connect a person to humanity. Werther realizes this idea at different levels of self-indulgence, self-destruction and emotional dissipation. He is dreamy, sensitive, emotional, vulnerable, very romantic, made for love, t
Jul 04, 2007 Clare rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who love beautiful things
I picked this up with some trepidation, assuming that it would be full of stolid German angst and that I would give up after a couple of pages. However, it's a perfect psychological portrait! I loved it. Werther isn't an entirely sympathetic character (he has the odd Kevin the Teenager moment) but you are entirely drawn into his world and feel the same responses as him very keenly. It's only upon finishing that you realise how Goethe has managed to completely draw you into the concerns and belie ...more
Mar 18, 2012 Salma rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية رومانسية كلاسيكية شاعرية حزينة من تأليف جوتة عن الشاب فارتر الذي أحب حبا مستحيلا
يقال أن كثير من الشباب تأثروا بها في ذاك الزمن و انتحروا على إثرها
يبدو لي أن شباب أيام زمان كانوا مرهفين زيادة و يحبون بكيانهم كله، السؤال هو لماذا انقرضت هذه النوعية من الشباب هذه الأيام
بأية حال الرواية لا بأس بها، و أظن أنها ستعجب كثيرا أؤلئك الذين يحلقون مع الكلام الجميل الشاعري
و أحمد حسن الزيات ترجمته شعرية و جميلة، مع أنها ترجمة للمعنى و ليست دقيقة
الطبعة طبعة مصرية عتيقة مصفرة الأوراق مهترئة منزوعة الغلا
David Gallagher
"The things I know, anyone can know - but my heart is mine and mine alone."

This has got to be one of my all-time favorite books. Haunting, devastating, soul-stirring, a fist to the stomach. All the tragedy of true love in a Goethe masterpiece. The descriptive majesty of the book is beyond comprehension. A truly amazing book, one that I am happy to have read in my lifetime and one I would suggest to everyone, especially those who have loved someone more than themselves.
This is Goethe's Romeo and Juliet. This is Goethe's masterpiece. It's a tragedy and a love story all rolled together and it's hard to say which description is more accurate. Yes it's an unrequited love, a one way passion of the heart and mind. But isn't that the nature of most love affairs? By today's standards it would be considered an obsession, and maybe it was in 18th century Germany as well. But there is no denying Werther's love. His love for Charlotte was the gift of his heart.

"......a wh
It's definately a masterpiece of its age, but I can't count how many times throughout the book I wanted to shake Werther by the arm or better so, slap him it the face. The characters are just unbelievablly stupid. I know that the times were different, but still they should know better. And the fact that the book caused a lot of people to commit suicide doesn't help at all.
I can't believe Goethe wasted his talent on such a wortless novel.
Feb 25, 2016 Fernando rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Lo clásico es salud, lo romántico es enfermedad”, dijo Goethe una vez. Cuando el Romanticismo explotó originariamente en Alemania, lo hizo para romper la delicada armonía que imponía el movimiento del Clasicismo. A partir de ese torbellino que se llamó “Sturm und Drang” (Tormenta e Ímpetu), los hombres ya no fueron los mismos. Y Werther fue el punto de partida del sentimiento romántico. Ser romántico, además de un modelo literario o un estilo pictórico, era una forma de vida. Se vivían las pasi ...more
Celeste Corrêa
«Werther», publicado pela primeira vez em 1774, é um dos livros que iniciaram o Romantismo na Alemanha.
À data da sua publicação, a obra, hoje considerada um clássico da literatura universal, foi acusada de imoral e motivo para a série de suicídios ocorridos após a sua leitura.
Desde então, é vista como um exemplo de como a literatura pode influenciar a sociedade.

Mas será que os actuais leitores ainda sentem os sofrimentos do jovem Werther?
Será a sociedade actual capaz de sofrer de amor tanto quan
Pradnya K.
After a long time, I closed a book with tearful eyes..


Dear Werther,

It's been centuries since you've gone but even now we have peasants around who kill their lovers' love or youngsters who kill themselves for the sake of their love. I don't know which killing is worst, the former one kills two lives including one's own and yet suffer while the later one kills one life and numerous dreams of his loved ones. I feel both are equally wretched, to quit before you learn your lesson is never
Huda Aweys
لا أجد قول فاصل بخصوص ما أدعاه البعض حول كون هذا الكتاب (آلام فيرتر) محرض على الإنتحار و الفكر العبثي أفضل مما أخبر به طه حسين في مقدمته لترجمة هذا الكتاب ، حين قال عن هؤلاء ممن دفعت بهم قراءة الكتاب الى مثل هذا الفعل :
و يخيّل إلي أن هؤلاءلم يوفقوا إلى القصد و لم يهتدوا سواء السبيل .. (..) .. ، فإنما أساء بعض الشبان ذوي النفوس المريضة فهمه و الإستفادة منه لأن ظروف الحياة الإجتماعية كانت من الشدة و الضيق في أوروبا بحيث تجعل نفوس كثير من الناس ضعيفة رخوة و خانعة مستسلمة لا تستطيع مقاومة و لا احتم
John Zelazny
Oct 06, 2015 John Zelazny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before I was halfway through this book I had already connected with it on a deep level. I didn’t know what was going to happen in the end but I knew Goethe was telling my story and the opposite of my story at the same time. Ten years later I published my first novel, The Sorrows of Young Mike, which is a parody of this great tale. I can only be grateful to Goethe and encourage everyone to read The Sorrows of Young Werther. Also, if you liked it enough or even because you hated it — you should ch ...more
Nov 05, 2011 Shovelmonkey1 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 1001 book readers and stalkers in training
Recommended to Shovelmonkey1 by: 1001 books list
Oh Werther, Werther, Werther. Someone got a little bit fixated didn't they? Taking a leaf straight out of Shakespeare's lover-lorn rule book (see Ophelia as example number one of a tragedy waiting to happen) Werther turns loving friendship into a full blown stalker obsession.
Here's a handy Werther style guide to obsession;
1. Meet a friendly young lady.
2. Be forewarned that she is already betrothed to another, and then pay no heed.
3. Write, think and talk about nothing else apart from the object
K.D. Absolutely
Jul 30, 2014 K.D. Absolutely rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hopeless Romantics
Recommended to K.D. by: 501 Must Read Books and 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die (2006, 2008, 2010)
Shelves: classics, 1001-core, 501
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--The Sorrows of Young Werther

Laala Alghata
Jun 21, 2010 Laala Alghata rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It’s a slip of a book, a mere 150 pages, so I didn’t think it would take long.

Wrong. The books makes you stop and think so often, and if you’ve ever been heartbroken it tugs at your heart so much that you have to take breaks from it. I read it in three big chunks, but I loved Werther and his insane passion from the start, before he met Lotte and was describing his love of nature. What I love — and I mean, really love — about it is that it is not graphic at all, there is sexual attraction but not
Rana Heshmati
Jun 30, 2016 Rana Heshmati rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Rana by: مریم جعفریان
نمیدانم که چطور باید بیان کنم که چقدر برایم مورد علاقه بود.
جای جای کتاب در روح ورتر (گوته) غرق می شدم..
اونقدر جمله های قشنگی داشت و یک سری حالات درونی را خوب و زیبا توصیف کرده بود که حد نداشت.
و حتی امروز کتاب را به مدرسه بردم تا یک تکه هایی را برای دوستانم بخوانم و با هم فغان کنیم ...
البته از ترجمه ی خیلی خوبش هم نگذریم، که واقعا باعث لذت من بود :)
آن جستار انتهای کتاب به نام "طبیعت" و نقد توماس مان هم که جای خودش را دارد!
آقای گوته. دوستت دارم.
خواندنش در این روزهای غمگین و پرکار من، تسلی بخش خاط
Oct 08, 2012 Forrest rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Andrei Tamaş
Feb 09, 2016 Andrei Tamaş rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Numai o fire melancolică și letargică emoțional poate înțelege profund suferințele lui Werther. Nu știu dacă se mai poate vorbi -la două secole distanță- despre același concept de suferință...
Nov 15, 2015 Issicratea rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed, 1700-1800
I know my New Year resolution early this year—I should read more 18thC novels. I don’t know why I don’t do so already, as I often find them fascinating when I do. I think I have a sort of mental “here be dragons” sign fixed around the 1800 borderlands in my mind (though only where novels are concerned.)

Goethe’s Sorrows of Werther is a case in point. I hadn’t read it before this, even though it’s always intriguing to read novels that were iconic at the time of their publication (I read Pamela; or
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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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