The sorrows of young werther

by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 014044503x Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingshnedwardswing of Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on 11/2/2005
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3 journalers for this copy...
Journal Entry 1 by wingshnedwardswing from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Hey, German students! Can't be bothered reading it in the original? Here it is in English! A romantic young man's unrequited love is his downfall.

Reserved for bestfriends

Journal Entry 2 by wingshnedwardswing from Birmingham, West Midlands United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Sent to bestfriends for trade

Journal Entry 3 by bestfriends from - Ergens in de provincie, Gelderland Netherlands on Friday, February 23, 2007
In my mailbox today. Thanks! My side of the swap is on its way as of 21st February (economy mail).

Will be reserved for my buddy in the BC Birthday RABCK experiment.

Journal Entry 4 by bestfriends at Controlled release in By Mail, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases on Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Released 12 yrs ago (6/5/2007 UTC) at Controlled release in By Mail, A RABCK -- Controlled Releases




Journal Entry 5 by Ibis3 from Newcastle, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, June 12, 2007
Hey bestfriends! My birthday package arrived today and of course I couldn't wait till my birthday to open it. Thanks for this classic which I have yet to read—I'm looking forward to it. Thanks also to shnedwards for sharing it originally. :D

Journal Entry 6 by Ibis3 at Newcastle, Ontario Canada on Friday, July 02, 2010
I've replaced the book cover pic, but for some reason, the proper capitalisation of the title was lost. Maybe it will show up properly later on its own. A journal entry about the book is coming soon

Journal Entry 7 by Ibis3 at Newcastle, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, August 11, 2010
This little novella looms large over the nineteenth century, so I was keen to experience it for myself. I knew in advance that young Werther ends his own life over a star-crossed love and that his action inspired real life copycat suicides. I also knew he was held up as a kind of Romantic (note the capped ‘R’) ideal, with Sensitivity and Passion and a love of Nature. I thought it was kind of interesting in a historical sort of way, but it was difficult for me to quite take it seriously—to be so in love as to decide that life is no longer worth living? It’s just so over the top. Is that because we just don’t feel that strongly anymore? Perhaps this kind of situation is like a kind of religious fervour. As if falling in love like this was expected so that’s what he did? But then Goethe himself shook it off (meaning his love for Charlotte Buff) and went on with his life, so it’s hard to say. Throughout, I just wanted Charlotte, Werther, and Albert to throw off restraint and go for a nice, accommodating, polyamourous relationship. Am I a twenty-first century girl or what?

If the site is ever back to normal, I plan to release it.

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