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The Jews' Beech

3.12  ·  Rating Details ·  1,888 Ratings  ·  29 Reviews
Based on a true story, this haunting tale centers on two brutal murders—the first of a local forester and the second of a Jewish moneylender near a beech tree—and the impact these events have on the life of Friedrich Mergel, a herdsman with a turbulent family history. A prototype of the murder mystery and a thoughtful examination of village society, this intriguing novella ...more
Paperback, 112 pages
Published September 1st 2009 by Oneworld Classics (first published 1842)
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Steffi
Feb 15, 2016 Steffi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ich bin mir nicht so recht sicher mit meiner Bewertung. Ich tendiere eher in Richtung 3,5 Sterne. Das Buch ließ sich erstaunlich leicht und schön lesen und ohne bestimmte Kriterien benennen zu können gefiel mir der Schreibstil wirklich sehr. Auch die Atmosphäre habe ich absolut geliebt. Ich habe mich die ganze Zeit gefühlt, als wäre ich mitten im Wald. Ich konnte dieses ganz bestimmte Licht vor mir sehen, das durch die Baumwipfel scheint und die Stille einzig unterbrochen vom Knacken der Äste hö ...more
Vishy
Nov 30, 2011 Vishy rated it liked it
‘The Jews’ Beech’ was recommended by one of my friends. As it was short, I thought I will read it. I also found the writer’s name interesting – she must be the writer with the longest name whose work I have read :) It is about the life and times of a boy called Friedrich Mergel. The story starts in 1738 and ends towards the end of the 18th century. How this boy grows up to become a young man and the experience he goes through and the strange happenings in the village where he lives form the stor ...more
Susanne
Jan 01, 2016 Susanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, german, novella
Ich habe mit der festen Überzeugung zu der Novelle gegriffen, sie nicht zu mögen. Die Droste kannte ich nur als Dichterin mir schwer verständlicher Naturlyrik (liegt vielleicht an meiner Heimat in einem sehr süddeutschen Dialekt?), die ich aber als eine der wenigen Frauen, die vor der Mitte des 19. Jhs. überhaupt in Literaturgeschichten erwähnt werden, unbedingt mögen wollte! Also habe ich mit "Die Judenbuche" einen neuen Versuch gestartet und war von der düsteren Atmosphäre der beschriebenen Ge ...more
Kate
This was one of those novels I had to read for Uni, but which are quoted so often that I always wanted to read it for myself.

It is an easy read, I can understand why most german schools read this in class 9 or so. The crimestory is easy, also, it really happened. But the author made up a story about what happened before the murder and after the murder, so it's quite inetresting for the kids to divides reality from fiction.
ALso, thanks to the work with light and dark and with Nature, it is a good
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Amy
I read the English translation by Lillie Winter. It was a page turner, but I was disappointed at the end because I still didn't really know what had happened. It makes more sense to me as a crime mystery than a gothic/horror novel.
Lolita Church
Jan 06, 2017 Lolita Church rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ein wenig Kriminalgeschichte, etwas Schauerromantik, ein bisschen moralische Erzählung ist "Die Judenbuche" vor allem eins: Eine wichtige Novelle über den problematischen Keim, den eine vorurteilsbelastete Erziehung in die Seele eines Kindes legen kann und es so auf den falschen Weg bringt.
Monika24
Dec 09, 2016 Monika24 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Ich habe es im Deutschunterricht gelesen und fand es ganz ok.
Martha
Oct 05, 2016 Martha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ich habe das Buch gestern gelesen und ich finde es einfach genial.
Der Schlüssel zum Verständnis liegt auf der ersten Seite. Das Gedicht. Ohne diese Einleitung kommt man nicht durch die Geschichte.
Es geht darum, wie schwierig es sein kann, die Realität zu erfassen, und dass man sich vor seinen Vorurteilen hüten muss.
Droste Hülshoff hat ganz offensichtlich grossen Spass gehabt an dem Thema und es mannigfaltig variiiert.
Dabei kann es sogar passieren, dass der Leser den eigenen Vorurteilen auf den L
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Joseph
Annette von Droste-Hülshoff (1797-1848) was born in an aristocratic Catholic family near Munster and spent most of her life in rural Westphalia. She never married and rarely tasted city life. This notwithstanding it appears that she was well aware of the prevailing literary trends and her apparently "limited" life experiences did not stop her from exploring deep philosophical issues in her works.

Take this strange novella - "The Jew's Beech". It is, ostensibly, a murder mystery inspired by true e
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Angelina
This is a book I actually had to read for German class because our teacher wants to introduce us to more classic and older German literature. And honestly... I really don't know what to think of it.
It wasn't bad in a sense, it's just really something I wouldn't normally read, especially because the sentence structure and the way everything was formulated kind of messed with my mind, since it was written a long time ago. Considering that fact though, it is still a good book with a decent plot.
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Wendel
Dec 06, 2015 Wendel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction-german
Interesting novella that will keep you occupied for some time after finishing it. This is gothic horror, but it goes deeper than usual in the genre.

Droste-Hülshoff gives an old case of murder and suicide a social and psychological context. We learn about the background of the presumed murderer Friedrich (drunk and violent father, pious humiliated mother, cruel village children, isolation, superstition), next his escape in petty criminality and his development of a split personality (his shy alte
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Branden
May 05, 2011 Branden rated it really liked it
i didn't hate this. i actually thought it was quite moving in parts, but i'm also apparently a sucker for literature about small paranoid rural villages in the 18th and 19th centuries. i thought the translation was a serious slog. i wish i had a class or reading group to discuss this with, as i am eager to understand all the hidden meanings and wisdoms everyone keeps talking about.

update from a little later:

after reading around a bit online, i feel like this book actually might have been AMAZING
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Orcun
Apr 12, 2015 Orcun rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gotik unsurlar da barındırmakla birlikte, ilk polisiye hikayelerden biri sayılabilir (1842). Gerçekçi bir üslupla yansıtılan günlük kötülüklerin (alkolizm, şiddet, kaçakçılık, yoksulluk, v.b.) çevresini kuşatan bir belirsizlik var ve - bence - hikaye bittiğinde de o belirsizlik kaybolmuyor, yoruma açık kalıyor.
NOT: Hikayenin Türkçe çevirisinde bazı cümlelerde hata var; neyse ki, İngilizcesi ve hatta aslından okumak isteyenler için Almancası da aynı kitapta yer alıyor.

Paul Servini
Ich habe dieses Buch das erste Mal gelesen als ich 16 und noch in der Schule war. Es hat mich fasziniert. Seither habe ich es bis jetzt nicht wieder gelesen. Ich habe es dies Mal nicht mehr so genossen. Ich denke, das liegt daran, dass ich es so düster fand und überhaupt Probleme hatte die Narration richtig zu folgen. Ich will es bald wieder veruschen, in der Hoffnung dass es dann besser klappt.
Sue
Oct 25, 2013 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
First published in 1842 the book tells the story of a murder. Lots of minute detail - although only 80 pages- and a brilliant depiction of the author's homeland - Germany. She was one of Germany's most distinguished poets and the writing reflects this.
Ashley Cox
Jan 29, 2011 Ashley Cox rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
Well, suffice to say, it was a rather ... different novella. It very much contained a murder mystery/gothic-esque feel about it and alas, by the end, the reader is still left with many questions unanswered ...
Danielle Schwendener
Die Handlung kommt etwas hölzern daher, dafür ist die Sprache auf eine faszinierende Art poetisch, die komplexen Schachtelsätze ungewöhnlich reichhaltig. Durch die Beschreibungen der Verbrechensuntersuchung wird dem Leser ein seltener Einblick in die Kriminalistik des 18. Jahrhunderts gewährt.
Sydne
This was one of the books I wanted to read since school days and never did. When the German Kindle store appeared this was one of the first books I got and read.
This is indeed a very good book and I would recommend it strongly: yes, in this case your teachers were right; it is worth it.
Laura
Oct 04, 2014 Laura marked it as to-read
Recommended to Laura by: Wendel
An English translation can be downloaded from Project Gutenberg, pages 932-1037.
Dennis
Ein Krimi am Vorabend der Revolution - nebenbei wird auch noch Antisemitismus behandelt. Gefällt mir!
Sabine
Feb 25, 2009 Sabine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
Annette von Droste-Hülshoff is the Lady on the 20 DM (Deutsche Mark - former currency in Germany) bill.
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Annette von Droste-Hülshoff was a 19th-century German writer and composer. She was one of the most important German poets and author of the novella Die Judenbuche.
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