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Amok and Other Stories by Stefan Zweig
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Nov 27, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: literature-classics, short-stories-novellas, alex-recommended
Read from November 26 to 27, 2010

On a night when the moon has cast its brightest sheen over the darkest night sky, I will think of Zweig! This is because I have experienced the most beautiful moonlight reveries in several of his short stories. When gazing upon the brightest star in the sky on a moonless night, I will think of Francois, the waiter from The Star Above The Forest, because I will remember how I cried for him as he stared at that star above the trees of that forest. When I think of my Star Man ;), I will often be reminded of the doctor in Amok, because they are brothers of deep, fatalistic passions.

This is the beauty of that of Zweig’s writing I’ve had the pleasure of reading so far. The characters and settings attach themselves to your thoughts and remain there long after you’ve discovered them. I’m so thankful Zweig left such a rich body of work to be relished and explored, regardless of the tragic & too early ending of his life stemmed by uncertain world events. I want to keep him in my life as long as possible - so to speak. Though I’m quite an eclectic reader in that I find value in many types of writing & genres & in what some may consider shabby literature, it’s nice to know that when I want to read something in which I will be assured substance with maximum impact, something I consider interesting company and that finely tunes me into the human psyche, that I will have Zweig’s writing to immerse myself in. He is the best short story writer I’ve read so far and from the looks of the ratings here on GoodReads and the opinions of a trusted literary advisor ;), I expect it will stay that way. I look forward to experiencing his nonfiction and longer fiction. Without a doubt you are cheating yourself if you haven’t taken a look at his work!

Amok = 4 stars
Leporella = 5 stars
The Star Above the Forest = 5 stars
4th story (can't remember title) = 3 stars
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Alex This (narrow, short and specific - that is why it is a comment and not a review) comment relates only to "Amok". The main male character in "Amok" is a complete opposite to the baron character (from "The Burning Secret" ). This "Amok"'s character is all passion and impulse when it relates to the woman, whom he originally perceives as a "challenge", the one he adores and worships, the one he becomes totally obsessive about. The passion and impulse are in fact so out of control, and so out of reasonable limit - they lead the character to the imminent death.

Alex Great review Becky !

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