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Faust by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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Aug 08, 12

it was amazing
bookshelves: drama, literature
Read in August, 2012

excellent bbc performance: dialogue as we speak ... drama of the one who seeks knowledge to an extreme ... satan as adversary a la the book of job's* satan in cahoots with god ... free will -- we do get our choices ... and of course the ambiguity of the end that completely reflects what we know from living: is it so? or isn't it so?

i've read marlowe's faust, even taught it. goethe's is more dramatic and in tune with modern sensibilities, imo. there are, of course, several more writers' fausts waiting out there for me but for now i will pause and contemplate goethe's faust as presented by the bbc.

*but w/o the humility of job to know the saving proportion of things and WITH all the pride of the nihilist who is convinced, beyond doubt, that s/he knows more than everyone else ... bbc's script and the dramatic delivery are spot on.

a cautionary tale for sure and i just love it: god can work with anything in contrast with my all-too human limits ...

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