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The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Mar 22, 2012

it was ok
Read in March, 2012

I do feel a bit churlish giving only two stars to the Great German Poet, but I think this is a classic example of the saying that Tragedy + Time = Comedy. 'Werther' may ( or may not ) have precipitated a swathe of copy-cat suicides in it's day, but two hundred years later the reader is more likely to die laughing at the swooning, sentimental foppery of the man. And he can't even top himself properly: shoots himself in the eye(?), and lingers in a pool of his own blood 'till his servant discovers him. A fool even in his last moments: just like the rest of us.

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