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Immensee

3.61  ·  Rating Details ·  281 Ratings  ·  17 Reviews
Der greise Held Reinhard Weber lässt an einem dunklen Herbstabend seinLeben vor seinem inneren Auge vorüberziehen. Gegenstand seiner Erinnerung ist die unerfüllt gebliebene Liebe zu Elisabeth. Gemeinsam auf dem Landgut Immensee aufgewachsen, ist den beiden von Anfang an keine gemeinsame Zukunft vergönnt. Verantwortlich hierfür sind grundverschiedene Lebensentwürfe. Während ...more
Paperback, 143 pages
Published 1998 by Boyens (first published 1848)
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Tom Lichtenberg
A gentle and bittersweet story of an old man's reminiscence about the love of his early life, its poignant scenes interspersed with passionate explorations into nature through botany and a charming love of plants and birds. It's an emotional book that is not afraid to feel. I read somewhere recently that sentiment is no longer permitted in fiction. It's a shame. I guess we're only allowed to yell and blow things up, keeping us at a safe distance from the things that really do happen and hurt.
Nikki
Dec 14, 2014 Nikki rated it liked it
Shelves: school
It was okay to read, better than the other German books we had to read for school. Still not my favourite.
Vishy
Nov 17, 2014 Vishy rated it really liked it
My reading this month hasn’t gone well so far. I have been able to read just one book till now. Today, I thought I will try to do something about it. I thought I will read one of my old favourites and hope that it will bring back my reading mojo. So, I read ‘Immensee’ by Theodor Storm.

‘Immensee’ is around forty pages long. So, it is closer to a long short story or a short novella. The story starts with an old man getting back from a long walk to the place that he is staying. He goes into his roo
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Ata
Nov 21, 2016 Ata rated it really liked it
Beautiful and sentimental... I do realize this might be not the most subtle work, but I read this in German too and honestly, I find so much merit in that
Gilgamesh  Nabeel
This is the first English translation of those two lovely novellas by Theodor Storm, who is considered one of the best loved German authors.

In the first novella “the lake of the bees” storm took us to navigate with him in his memories, as this novella was inspired by his first love story. It is a pure, simple and sad-ending love story, in which he tried to show us the great grief we might achieve for ignoring our promises or letting the chance go by so simply, he tries to show us that the chanc
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جلجامش Nabeel
This is the first English translation of those two lovely novellas by Theodor Storm, who is considered one of the best loved German authors.

In the first novella “the lake of the bees” storm took us to navigate with him in his memories, as this novella was inspired by his first love story. It is a pure, simple and sad-ending love story, in which he tried to show us the great grief we might achieve for ignoring our promises or letting the chance go by so simply, he tries to show us that the chanc
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Nathaniel
"Immensee" (I can think of no rationale for translating the title as "Lake of Bees") functions as a slightly depressed reminiscence of mistimed Romantic affections, attenuated over a lifetime into little vignettes designed to make an idealized girl child glow like a sad, soul-saving angel behind unbreakable glass. It lacks body, depth or grit and feels, instead, like a sensitive-withdrawing rejoinder. The local folk songs, peppered throughout, are a bit cloying and oh-too-appropriate, beating us ...more
Czarny Pies
Dec 19, 2015 Czarny Pies rated it it was ok
Shelves: german-lit
This is a very well written story about letting the right girl get away. The turning point reminds one of Bergman's "Wild Strawberries. " The hero and his loved one as teenagers set out into the forest in search of wild strawberries at the height of the season. Inexplicably they are unable to find any. They drift apart when he departs for university. Both manage to carry on with their lives but are convinced that they missed their rendez-vous with destiny.
Lauren
Dec 26, 2013 Lauren rated it really liked it
Read the 1950 English translation. The quintessential German romantic novella of unfulfilled love where the main character is unable to reconcile romantic idealized love with earthy practical life. It is achingly beautiful, like an extended poem.
Mei
Jun 29, 2013 Mei rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is like drinking a cup of fresh tea which is sweet and bitter. The pure love between the young people are suitable with the beautiful surroundings where they live. It is unforgettable in one's life when love is first awaken by the other person.
Anthony
Jun 01, 2015 Anthony rated it it was amazing
I loved this story. It is really sad in the end. I can totally relate to the described emotions. I wonderful realistic story about life and chasing a water lillie... Most warmly recommended read. I have rarely read feelings described that I could so closely relate to.
Saartje
Jun 09, 2016 Saartje rated it really liked it
Short but sweet. The small bouts of poetry fitted the melancholy tone of this novella. It conjured lovely images and was well-rounded overall.
Geo Collins
Apr 28, 2016 Geo Collins rated it it was ok
Had to read it for A-level German. Found it kind of dreary, but whatever. Reinhard never did get the water lily.
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Hans Theodor Woldsen Storm (1817 – 1888) was a German poet and author.

He was born in Husum ("the grey town by the grey sea") on the west coast of Schleswig of well-to-do parents. While still a student of law, he published a first volume of verse together with the brothers Tycho and Theodor Mommsen.

He worked as a lawyer in Schleswig-Holstein, but emigrated to Thuringia in 1851, leaving his mother's
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