The Sorrows of Young Werther by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This most excellent epistolary novel has long been on my NeedToRead list. Definitely worth the wait!
If I had recently lost at the game of love, or if I were forlorn or woebegone in any way, well, I'd burn every copy of this book I could find. Goethe so deftly expresses the torment of unrequited love; it is truly distressing to read through the devolution of Werther's mind and spirit. Yet, isn't it impossible not to turn the next page, when you know that a masterpiece is unfolding? Goethe made art out of agony.
Not a book for the heart-broken. Consider yourself warned.
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