The Sorrows of Young Werther –

When Goethe was a young man, he fell deeply in love with a woman named Charlotte Buff Charlotte wound up marrying her fianc , who was not Goethe, and abandoned our author to what David Foster Wallace once termed a level of psychic pain wholly incompatible with human life as we know it This is not synonymous with being broken hearted This is an existential crisis And how do we know that We know by the presence on our bookshelves of The Sorrows of Young Werther.David Lynch once went to a psychiatrist He asked the doctor whether the treatment process would damage his creativity The doctor admitted it could They shook hands and he left.Artists are in a difficult position The very region of the psyche that serves as a breeding ground for anxiety and depression is also the landscape the artist tills for truth in self expression Where most of the afflicted benefit from guidance toward emotional restriction, ruminative limitation, the realignment of patterns of thought, the artist does not In fact, such tactics are frequently viewed as creatively threatening So, apart from popping a pill and back burnering the entire existential conflict Anathema Anathema , what s an artist to do Some choose to write their way through.Under such circumstances, it is not at all surprising to find young Werther insufficiently drawn Compartmentalization is the point, after all The crisis is to be shunted into a fictional construct, distant from reality, where it can be adequately expressed and explored As Werther is only a part of the identity of Goethe, he cannot be inhabited in full Yet it is imperative that the madness he suffers be completely relayed And so we have these letters written to a friend about a woman, about a passion, about investment, immersion, imbalance, disassociation, disconnection, pleasure, rage, agony, delusion, suicide loss without gain Werther seems, to many who have read the story, to be a dilettante, an egoist, a shallow and callow youth W.H Auden, in his introduction, calls him a horrid little monster Perhaps he is, yet I think it s only fair to point out that Werther was never intended to have than half a soul to begin with He s a portion of life the portion in which we encounter our vulnerability to insanity.Readers of this novel trailed Goethe for the rest of his years with questions about the outcome He admitted to wishing he d never written the thing Yet he also allowed that, in terms of psychic consequence, it was either Werther or him Through authoring The Sorrows of Young Werther, Goethe was able to re establish a sense of internal security without sacrificing his artistic self Would that The Pale King had done the same. A different cover for this book features half of a young man s face, dripping with many tears Covers of classics are usually classy, but this one s really bad If you re me, you can t look at it without hearing Everybody Hurts and giggling I mean, it s way over the top I thought the book couldn t possibly be that feelingsy But it is But it s also gorgeously written, in a way that makes you again if you are me wish that everyone was this moved by other people and intuitive of their surroundings I will admit that I did frequently want to, in the favorite words of my dad s mother, suggest that Werther oh get a life. I read this book a long time ago, when I studied German at the University This book wasn t for me because it s ultra romantic and I don t like this kind of text But this made a lot of fuss in Europe when it was published. Catching up with classics crap. 3 or 4 stars The novella included at the end turned into the reading experience into some sort of religious Daniel in the lion s den story I m not sure if the themes from that Bible story Novella are trying to be attached to Sorrows of Young Werther Perhaps some Bible themes can be woven in.I think Werther stands better on it s own But I found it far powerful reading it as a human s journey, without any religious ties or preaching I could see the development of Young Werther and it seems like a realistic journey with a little melodrama added to give empathy a stronghold for the reader.If you pick up this grey Vintage edition, skip the Novella at the end or read it well after the fabulous Werther story has seeped in I found the Novella a bit jarring to read immediately after Werther. 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Shoot me So much flowery, mindless romanticism that I wanted to go on a drinking binge when I finished to cleanse the mental palate I wanted to beat up Werther He s the kind of guy Gandhi would want to run over with his car. OH MY GOD, QUIT YOUR WHINING.