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3.65  ·  Rating details ·  66,819 ratings  ·  3,374 reviews
Visiting an idyllic German village, Werther, a sensitive and romantic young man, meets and falls in love with sweet-natured Lotte. Although he realizes that Lotte is to marry Albert, he is unable to subdue his passion for her, and his infatuation torments him to the point of absolute despair. The first great 'confessional' novel, The Sorrows of Young Werther draws both on ...more
Paperback, Penguin Classics, 164 pages
Published August 1st 1989 by Penguin Books (first published September 29th 1774)
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Edmund Hanna I heeded the warnings and picked up this read because its description alluded relevancy to some of my recent experiences. I finished the book…moreI heeded the warnings and picked up this read because its description alluded relevancy to some of my recent experiences. I finished the book yesterday, and, frankly, I've enjoyed the book tremendously. I admit, it has been a sad read, but I didn't pick up even the slightest hint of a Werther 'fever', if one could call it that. And, to be honest, I thought I would; I can compare myself to Werther in some ways... Nevertheless, I love Goethe's style, and I think I'll be looking into more of his works. :)(less)
Elisabeth Winkler Check other translations because the version I read showed only Werther’s sympathy for other vulnerable people.

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Hans
Apr 15, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is s dangerous book. For anyone who has suffered from that unrequited love that burns like a fever will be able to relate uncannily well with this book. Unfortunately the ending is such that it inspired many people to use it like a template for their own lives when faced with a similar situation. While finishing up this book I wondered whether Goethe was ever aware or thought about the painful actions his book inspired.

This is a fictionalized autobiography of Goethe's own experience of bei
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Casey
I couldn't help but imagine young Werther as a high school, tweeting about all his troubles to the ether. So, without further ado, I present to you: The Tweets of Young Werther.



This is the kind of book that high school teachers should be making self-absorbed teenagers read. They can totally relate, both to the intense feelings of emotion and the complete conviction that no one in the world has ever felt the same way before. I couldn't relate that well, because really Werther just needs to man up
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Eric
Jul 14, 2007 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Ahmad Sharabiani
959. Les souffrances du jeune werther = The sorrows of young Werther, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
A Autobiographical novel by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, first published in 1774.
عنوانها: رنجهای ورتر جوان؛ غمهای ورتر جوان؛ اثر: یوهان ولفگانگ فون گوته؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیست و هشتم ماه می سال 2003 میلادی
عنوان: رنجهای ورتر جوان - یوهان ولفگانگ فون گوته، ترجمه: فریده مهدوی دامغانی؛ تهران، نشر تیر، 1381؛ در 255 ص؛ شابک: 9646581536؛ چاپ دوم 1385، چاپ سوم: 1387؛ موضوع: ادبیات کلاسیک آلمان - سده 18 م
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°°°·.°·..·°¯°·._.· ʜᴇʟᴇɴ Ροζουλί Εωσφόρος ·._.·°¯°·.·° .·°°° ★·.·´¯`·.·★ Ⓥⓔⓡⓝⓤⓢ Ⓟⓞⓡⓣⓘⓣⓞⓡ Ⓐⓡⓒⓐⓝⓤⓢ Ταμετούρο   Αμ
"Α,εσείς οι λογικοί άνθρωποι! Πάθος! Μέθη! Παραφροσύνη! Κάθεστε εκεί ήρεμοι και απαθείς, εσείς οι ενάρετοι, κατακρίνετε τον πότη, απεχθάνεστε τον τρελό, προσπερνάτε σαν τους ιερείς, και, σαν τους Φαρισαίους, ευχαριστείτε το Θεό που δεν σας έκανε όμοιους μ' εκείνους. Έχω μεθύσει πολλές φορές, τα πάθη μου ποτέ δεν απείχαν πολύ από την τρέλα και δεν μετανιώνω ούτε για το ένα ούτε για το άλλο, γιατί, στο μέτρο των δυνατοτήτων μου, έμαθα να κατανοώ ότι όλους τους ξεχωριστούς ανθρώπους, αυτούς που πρα ...more
فرشاد
May 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
مگر میشود رنج های ورتر جوان را بخوانی و از زیبایی عشق متحیر نشوی. قطعا به خود خواهی گفت : این یک مساله به غایت جدی ست.
Fionnuala
It’s taken me well over a year to get through the saga of Young Werther’s love for his Lotte even though it’s quite a short little book. I plead mitigating circumstances. I had no thought of reading this novel until I came across a pair of characters called Goethe and Lotte in Christine Brooke-Rose’s Textermination, and checked out their real-life story. The trail led to a fictional version of the same story in Young Werther. I was tempted to try reading Young Werther in his own language so I bo ...more
Rowena
Dec 29, 2012 rated it really liked it
"I have been intoxicated more than once, my passions have never been far off insanity."

Although I have some sympathy for unrequited love, it was hard for me to understand Werther. My feelings toward him went back and forth between sympathy and frustration. At times I admired his love, at other times I found it to be very obsessive. Yes, he was sensitive and romantic, but the woman of his dreams did not lead him on in any way so I did find the way he behaved quite incomprehensible.

This was my f
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Parthiban Sekar
Jun 23, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Parthiban by: Sumati
I would not be mistaken if I think that many of us would have just eschewed this book by just seeing the first few words of the title. SORROW: the very word instigates a sense of a confused horror in us. Sorrow is one of the emotions which every great men cannot escape in their lives, as Dostoevsky says. Sorrow brings a state of helplessness from which the unfortunate weak ones cannot free themselves. Though the events of this story can be considered as unfortunate for our Werther but it can be ...more
Chia
Sep 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Renée
May 28, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Shelves: favourites
Most beautiful book I've ever read. Goethe's style and prose is incredible. I'm not sure how well it translates to English, having read it in Dutch and German, but I'm sure there are many competant translators out there. Anyone who's not read this is really, really missing out as it's of an unequalled beauty.
Fernando
Sep 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Lo clásico es salud, lo romántico es enfermedad”, dijo Goethe una vez. Cuando el Romanticismo explotó originariamente en Alemania, lo hizo para romper la delicada armonía que imponía el movimiento del Clasicismo.
A partir de ese torbellino que se llamó “Sturm und Drang” (Tormenta e Ímpetu), los hombres ya no fueron los mismos. Y Werther fue el punto de partida del sentimiento romántico. Ser romántico, además de un modelo literario o un estilo pictórico, era una forma de vida. Se vivían las pasi
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J.L.   Sutton
No doubt there were shimmers of brilliance in Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's The Sorrows of Young Werther (1774); however, for such a short book, it took me a long time to complete it. At one level, it's not difficult to relate to Werther and the pain he experiences (he is in love with a woman who is unavailable, i.e. already married). Still, experiencing this pain (and wallowing with Werther in his anguish) is not enough to move the narrative forward.
Firdevs
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wertherin değişken yapısı beni çok yordu.
Luís C.
Wolfgang Goethe when he wrote The Sufferings of the Young Werther did not believe that his novel would be so successful. In German Literature, before the novel, there was still no romanesque work at Werther's height. All the romances that preceded him, which dealt with cards, were mostly neutral or cold. They emphasized more those who wrote to the narrator than the narrator himself. In Werther, for the first time, one sees a first-person narrator, an outstanding self. Werther suffers for love an ...more
Araz Goran
تأتينا هذه الرواية من القرن الثامن عشر من أعظم كتاب ألمانيا، رواية رومانسية حالمة في غاية العذوبة والشاعرية والجمال ، ساحبة معها كل مشاعر القارىء، جارفة معها طوفاناً من العواطف والأشجان، لا أتحدث عن الحب فقط، بل الطبيعة، النفس البشرية، الروح الصوفية، الخطيئة، والحب المستحيل ..


تستظل الرواية بعبق من أجمل الكلمات المختارة من لغة ذلك العصر، من بهجة الحب ، من الطبيعة الساحرة، رواية كأنها قصيدة أو ديوان شعر ، تفضح الروح الضعيفة للإنسان، تستولي على دهشة القارئ، لم تكن رواية مربكة على الإطلاق، بل حزينة
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Bee
It's definately a masterpiece of its age, but I can't count how many times throughout the book I wanted to shake Werther by the arm or better so, slap him it the face. The characters are just unbelievablly stupid. I know that the times were different, but still they should know better. And the fact that the book caused a lot of people to commit suicide doesn't help at all.
I can't believe Goethe wasted his talent on such a wortless novel.
Soheil
Apr 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
رنج هاى خواننده ى "ورترِ جوان"
فكر كنم اواخر رمان بود كه مصمم شدم با دقت و قدرتى كه در خود مى ديدم،كتاب را به سمت ديوار رو به رويم پرتاب كنم تا از شرّش خلاص شوم(حيف كه امانت كتابخانه بود).اين كتاب "بد" يا به لحاظ تكنيكى ضعيف نيست،توسط نويسنده ى بى سواد يا بى استعدادى هم نگاشته نشده؛مشكل اصلى اينجاست كه آنقدر براى من غير قابل باور است كه هندى ترين فيلم ها و كتاب ها را در جيبش ميگذارد و قطعا بايد در ژانر تخيلى دسته بندى شود.
گوته ى دلپسند
كتاب مجموعه اى از نامه هاى ورتر است كه شرح حال خودش را از عشقى
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Nidhi Singh
I am proud of my heart alone, it is the sole source of everything, all our strength, happiness and misery. All the knowledge I possess everyone else can acquire, but my heart is all my own.


If one doesn’t drown oneself in its indulgent water, sorrow can deepen, can humanize and connect a person to humanity. Werther realizes this idea at different levels of self-indulgence, self-destruction and emotional dissipation. He is dreamy, sensitive, emotional, vulnerable, very romantic, made for love, t
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Edward
Sep 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Sorrows of Young Werther is a beautiful and emotionally accurate depiction of romantic love: its consuming nature, and the devastation it has the potential to inflict. As a novel it is striking (especially for its time) in the way it subverts the traditional format, by connecting an epistolary structure with an overarching narrative from an unnamed "editor". The language is so wonderfully romantic and personal, one really is made to feel as Werther felt throughout his ordeal.

I especially lov
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Florencia
Jun 23, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german-austrian
I read this book in high school. So, I don't remember much of it, except the crying. I loved the story, I could relate to many of his thoughts about unrequited love and its tragic consequences, and feeling like it was the end of the world because I wasn't with that special someone and, well. High school: Maths and lovesickness.

I cried quite a bit while reading this book, Bambi's-mother-shooting kind of tears. I probably wouldn't react that way now, I'd just think about how much easier it would
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Perry
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Sturm and Drang: Self-Destruction, a Tragedy of Temperament

Mostly epistolary, this short novel thrusts the reader into the province of Young Werther's psyche by manner of his letters, which are replete with verbal ejaculations, disconnected sentences and fervid flights of fancy, as he moves from summit to summit to deepening valleys.

The three main characters are Lotte, Werther and Albert, who is Lotte's older fiance' then husband. The men are nearly diametrically opposed: the latter is older, se
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Homa Sharifmousavi
احساسات متناقضی نسبت به داستان دارم، اگر بخوام فقط به سیر حوادث و خلاصهی داستان و شرح آنچه بر ورتر و لوته و بقیهی شخصیتها گذشت توجه کنم باید بگم که دوستش نداشتم و برای همه داستانی تکراری محسوب میشه،تکراری و نچسب و کسالتآور، حتی شرح احساسات ورتر هم نظرم رو جلب نکرد(مشکلم باورپذیر نبودن یا شدت این احساسات نیست، چون که چرا احساسی رو فقط چون به نظرمون بیش از حدیست که نرمال تعیین شده، نباید باورش کنیم؟)اما با همهی این دوست نداشتنها و جذب نشدنها(اصلا جذب شدن اهمیتی داره؟) باز هم چیزی بود که حسی در من ...more
فؤاد
مقدمه ای بر مابعدالطبیعه ی انتحار

زندگی ما، از دید ما، نقطه ی پایانی ندارد. زندگی ما البته پایان دارد که همانا مرگ است. اما مسئله ی مهم، این است که ما هرگز لحظه ی مرگ خود را، لحظه ی نیست شدن خود را ادراک نمی کنیم. ما تا یک لحظه مانده به مرگ را ادراک می کنیم، اما نه لحظه ی مرگ را. در نتیجه، چنان که ویتگنشتاین هم می گوید، مرگ جزئی از زندگی ما نیست، مرگ هر فرد واقعه ای در زندگی خود او نیست، واقعه ای در زندگی اطرافیان و شاهدان است.

به این ترتیب بسیاری از خودکشی ها از نظر عقلانی واهی هستند. البته خودکش
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Clare
Jul 03, 2007 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: people who love beautiful things
I picked this up with some trepidation, assuming that it would be full of stolid German angst and that I would give up after a couple of pages. However, it's a perfect psychological portrait! I loved it. Werther isn't an entirely sympathetic character (he has the odd Kevin the Teenager moment) but you are entirely drawn into his world and feel the same responses as him very keenly. It's only upon finishing that you realise how Goethe has managed to completely draw you into the concerns and belie ...more
Khashayar Mohammadi
It breaks my heart to speak ill of a book written by Goethe; but when one thinks of the countless men and women who have read this book throughout the years, weeping tears of compassion for Werther and men of his elk, it no longer comes as a surprise how misogyny and domestic violence still haunts our women to this day.
Salma
Jan 02, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
رواية رومانسية كلاسيكية شاعرية حزينة من تأليف جوتة عن الشاب فارتر الذي أحب حبا مستحيلا
يقال أن كثير من الشباب تأثروا بها في ذاك الزمن و انتحروا على إثرها
يبدو لي أن شباب أيام زمان كانوا مرهفين زيادة و يحبون بكيانهم كله، السؤال هو لماذا انقرضت هذه النوعية من الشباب هذه الأيام
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بأية حال الرواية لا بأس بها، و أظن أنها ستعجب كثيرا أؤلئك الذين يحلقون مع الكلام الجميل الشاعري
و أحمد حسن الزيات ترجمته شعرية و جميلة، مع أنها ترجمة للمعنى و ليست دقيقة
الطبعة طبعة مصرية عتيقة مصفرة الأوراق مهترئة منزوعة الغلا
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David Gallagher
"The things I know, anyone can know - but my heart is mine and mine alone."

This has got to be one of my all-time favorite books. Haunting, devastating, soul-stirring, a fist to the stomach. All the tragedy of true love in a Goethe masterpiece. The descriptive majesty of the book is beyond comprehension. A truly amazing book, one that I am happy to have read in my lifetime and one I would suggest to everyone, especially those who have loved someone more than themselves.
Tracey
Apr 08, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“The Sorrows of Young Werther, is better known, mainly because it represented such an enormous milestone in literary history; the first German international best-seller, it is said to have started a craze for suicide among young people emulating its hero. But in English it remains a book more famous than read."

Werther is an artist, a poet, a lover. He is love struck, love sick even. He is overwhelmed by his passion and emotions, which is expressed to us in the form of letters to his dear friend
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Elina
Apr 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
5 αστεράκια για την αναμφισβήτητη λογοτεχνική αξία του πρώτου επιστολικού μυθιστορήματος του Γκαίτε που έγραψε σε ηλικία 24 ετών!
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