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Faust - First Part by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
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I was probably a teenager in the early 1970s when I read this. As was usual at the time, I was probably looking for good literature & had vaguely heard this might fit the bill. Since I've read it, I've seen F. W. Murnau's fantastic 1926 melodramatic silent film version & Jan Svankmajer's equally fantastic & more surreal 1994 version. The story is about a man who sells his soul to the devil for powers to make changes in life. What I still don't understand is why this bk is just the 1st part. Oddly, for a sometimes obssessive completist such as myself, I never read the 2nd part. Will it forever remain a cliff(notes)-hanger? Stay tuned for further GoodReads reviews to learn the answer to that & many other literary mysteries. This is a wonderful edition b/c of its bilingual structure - the original German on the left & the English translation on the right. We cd certainly use more of such bks
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February 9, 2008 – Shelved
February 9, 2008 – Shelved as: plays

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