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The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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I don't think I've been this annoyed by a main character since "The Catcher in the Rye." Werther is probably one of the most irritating, whiney bitches in the history of literature. I never once felt an ounce of pity for this obsessive, creepy guy, and I can understand completely why the girl pushes him away. A very unattractive personality, and I don't know what the hell was going on at the time to make readers swoon for his "sorrows." I kept waiting for him to finally shoot himself, and when he did my feeling was, "thank god." That said, it is superbly written, and it does belong in any list of classic books. I just hate the character.
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Manybooks You are so right. I read this in German a long time ago and Werther is probably one of the most unattractive and selfish characters in literature. The one character in the novel whom I really felt sorry for and pitied was Charlotte who was probably ruined for life because of Werther's obsessive selfishness. Also, there are better works by Goethe and even he distanced himself from this work (he claimed it was youthful therapy for him).


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