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The Autobiography by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Apr 11, 2012

did not like it
Read from April 11 to 25, 2012

This book was a drag...on an old cigarette...that someone else smoked...a week ago. I read 200 pages before I realized that I was begging for it to be end, or for me to run out of oxygen. Only the most die-hard fans of Goethe should read this, and THAT only if they are ready to learn in depth about the social-historical milieu of his times. Dude Goethe took about 50 pages to describe the ceremonies of the coronation of a king when he (Goethe) was a youth. He said he used to memorize and describe to himself out loud the details of trains passing by so he could later repeat them to a girl he was crushing on. Really...he tried to win her over by describing in detail a passing train. Lame.

Seriously though, I wanted more of Goethe, and less of his environment.
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message 1: by Jim (new)

Jim Makes me want none of either . . . dude or his environment.


Chris Ha ha!


message 3: by Jen (new)

Jen Shank I love that you use dude and milieu in the same review!


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