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Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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The Sorrows of Young Werther and Selected Writings

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Tragic masterpiece explores mind of an artist in alternately joyful and despairing letters recounting an unhappy romance. Goethe addresses issues of love, death, and redemption in an influential portrayal of a character who struggles to reconcile his artistic sensibilities with the demands of the objective world.
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Published August 1st 1962 by Signet Classics (first published September 29th 1774)
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Apr 15, 2010 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
❁ 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
Aug 14, 2014 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
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
Helen Stavraki
Nov 19, 2016 Helen Stavraki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Α,εσείς οι λογικοί άνθρωποι! Πάθος! Μέθη! Παραφροσύνη! Κάθεστε εκεί ήρεμοι και απαθείς, εσείς οι ενάρετοι, κατακρίνετε τον πότη, απεχθάνεστε τον τρελό, προσπερνάτε σαν τους ιερείς, και, σαν τους Φαρισαίους, ευχαριστείτε το Θεό που δεν σας έκανε όμοιους μ' εκείνους. Έχω μεθύσει πολλές φορές, τα πάθη μου ποτέ δεν απείχαν πολύ από την τρέλα και δεν μετανιώνω ούτε για το ένα ούτε για το άλλο, γιατί, στο μέτρο των δυνατοτήτων μου, έμαθα να κατανοώ ότι όλους τους ξεχωριστούς ανθρώπους, αυτούς που πρα ...more
May 28, 2016 فرشاد 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 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
Jun 23, 2015 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 28, 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.
Sep 28, 2016 Edward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: literary-fiction
The Sorrows of Young Werther is a beautiful and emotionally accurate depiction of romantic love: its consuming nature, and the devastation it has the potential to inflict. As a novel it is striking (especially for its time) in the way it subverts the traditional format, by connecting an epistolary structure with an overarching narrative from an unnamed "editor". The language is so wonderfully romantic and personal, one really is made to feel as Werther felt throughout his ordeal.

I especially lov
Mar 31, 2015 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
Moraes the Bookworm
I really hate when I can't like a book. I feel cheated. Because books are my thing, right? Sadly, though, I couldn't like The Sorrows of Young Werther. Both the topic of the book and the characters felt foreign to me. This is a book for the broken-hearted; after some things that happened to me during this joke called Life, I highly doubt I still have a heart to be broken, so I just can't relate to this things.

However, as I see it, this is not a novel about love. It is totally and completely abou
Jul 03, 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
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.
Jun 23, 2013 Florencia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german-austrian
I read this book in high school. So, I don't remember much of it, except the crying. I loved the story, I could relate to many of his thoughts about unrequited love and its tragic consequences, and feeling like it was the end of the world because I wasn't with that special someone and, well. High school: Maths and lovesickness.

I cried quite a bit while reading this book, Bambi's-mother-shooting kind of tears. I probably wouldn't react that way now, I'd just think about how much easier it would
Jan 02, 2010 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.
Sep 07, 2015 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
K.D. Absolutely
May 26, 2010 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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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
John Zelazny
Jul 11, 2013 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
Πολλά δεινά ξεκίνησαν από την κυριαρχία του ρομαντισμού. Για τα προσωπικά δεινά, ούτε λόγος. Ίσως βέβαια οι προηγούμενοι αιώνες να ήταν τελικά η εφηβεία της Ευρώπης (αυτή είναι μία ρομαντικά αισιόδοξη άποψη).

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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

--The Sorrows of Young Werther

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
Oct 11, 2016 Alex rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: your adolescent child
Shelves: 2016, 2016-bingo
Goethe's breakthrough hit haunted him all his life. Poor guy: it's embarrassing. It's about a young guy around Goethe's age (24), whose name more or less rhymes with Goethe, who falls hopelessly in love with a married woman, like Goethe did, and then mopes about quoting poetry like this:
It is night;
I am alone,
forlorn on the hill of storms.
Goethe is inventing emo here, and let he who has not written shitty poetry in his or her youth cast the first stone. (Here he's quoting an imaginary author nam
Feb 22, 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
مقدمه ای بر مابعدالطبیعه ی انتحار

زندگی ما، از دید ما، نقطه ی پایانی ندارد. زندگی ما البته پایان دارد که همانا مرگ است. اما مسئله ی مهم، این است که ما هرگز لحظه ی مرگ خود را، لحظه ی نیست شدن خود را ادراک نمی کنیم. ما تا یک لحظه مانده به مرگ را ادراک می کنیم، اما نه لحظه ی مرگ را. در نتیجه، چنان که ویتگنشتاین هم می گوید، مرگ جزئی از زندگی ما نیست، مرگ هر فرد واقعه ای در زندگی خود او نیست، واقعه ای در زندگی اطرافیان و شاهدان است.

به این ترتیب بسیاری از خودکشی ها از نظر عقلانی واهی هستند. البته خودکش
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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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“The human race is a monotonous affair. Most people spend the greatest part of their time working in order to live, and what little freedom remains so fills them with fear that they seek out any and every means to be rid of it.” 666 likes
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