Book: The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johan Wolfgang von Goethe
#95 on the Telegraph’s 100 novels everyone should read
What is the story about?
The style of the book is like a diary. It is a set of letters from Werther to his good friend Wilhelm. And the entire story is about his forbidden love to Lotte, a girl already engaged and later married.
What can I say? The story was very sad; not as in heartbreaking sad, but pathetic sad.
You have a man, who cries and wails the entire novel about how life isn’t fair, how he loves a girl (whom he knew was engaged before he met her) and can never have her.
He keeps the self pitying theme going on as he tries to hold a job, but left because (gasp), his boss doesn’t give him enough credit. He quit and went back running to Lotte where he slowly loses his mind and decides to kill himself.
What is the point of this story? Your life is over if a girl doesn’t love you back? If a girl dumped you, lose hope in life? Quit a job as soon as it gets a bit rough and uncomfortable? Give up when things don’t go your way?
And who is this Lotte anyway, that deosn’t only make one man go mad, but two.
The only thing I liked in this story is his lovely description of the nature around them. That’s it really.
Next book: Midnight’s Children by Salman Rushdie. I look forward to reading a book with a bit more substance. Hopefully it’s better that what I’ve read so far.
—————— Note about book #96: The Arabian Nights: Tales of 1001 Nights—————-
I never started a book that i didn’t finish. When I start a story (even movies), I need to know the ending no matter how boring or silly it is.
I guess there’s a first time for everything as I refuse to finish reading the book. The racism, sexuality, and vulgarity in this book is repulsive. It does not deserve one of my daughters bookmarks in it.
I will happily make it a journey of 99 books instead of 100 if it means I can throw this book away!