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What the community says about The Sorrows of Young Werther
- "Through the usage of letters, the book follows the path and journeys of Werther. It is a very interesting read and keeps your interest throughout his trial and tribulations. Werther wants a woman he cannot have and suffers terribly between this knowledge yet still continues to try to have her. It is well written and captivating until the end."
- "This is Goethe's first novel, published in 1774. Written in diary form, it tells the tale of an unhappy, passionate young man hopelessly in love with Charlotte, the wife of a friend - a man who he alternately admires and detests. This is a fictionalized autobiography of Goethe's own experience of being in love with a woman he could never have. "
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in What are the best classic books"I read this and it certainly was sorrowful. I did not think it a classic in the real sense of the word. I really don't think it is a must read before you die either. Story seems to drag on and it is really too emotional for me to enjoy. Hard pass on this book. "
- "'love this book...'had to have it. This is Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe book that is synonymous with the beginning of the romantic period. It's short book and delightful to read. And in it we can see why it is so crucial to the beginning of the romantic period. Werther talks about art and how it should be perceived, particularly landscape because landscape was a new genre to the romantics. Sometimes in the course of talking about his fanatical preoccupation with Charlotte, who is betrothed to another man, he mentions little bits of a religious tenor, a tenor in the confines of art, and still more prescient of the time to the overall perception of religion to romantics as a period that is rather synonymous with a preoccupation for a Gothic age that is such a prevalent notion with some at this period of history. It is a wonderful story and well written and a quick read. A great addition to any library and suited for anyone endeavoring to a greater understanding of Romanticism. Never a dull moment. You must understand that this book was as popular as Uncle Tom's Cabin was in the 19th century. And it is also on a par with Oscar Wilde's "Portrait of Dorian Grey", Once you read Goethe's "the sorrows of young Werther" you'll probably want to read his "Faust". "