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Effi Briest by Theodor Fontane
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Feb 28, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: classics
Read in December, 2009

This is by far the best fiction I have read in decades.
Effi Briest is the least passionate character of all her literary sisters (i.e. Madame Bovary) which is part of her tragedy.
Fontane's craft is superb. To give but one example: we never get to be alone with Effi and Crampas as if Effi wants to keep this relationship a secret even from herself.
And Fontane masterfully gives each character depth. Not even Innstetten is simply evil.
Some of the symbolism remains a mystery to me and I like that. Fiction shouldn't be all easy formula.

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