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What does anyone think of Goethe's Faust?
Posted by: Satirical (192.168.128.---)
Date: August 20, 2005 01:22PM

What does anyone think of Goethe's Faust?


Re: What does anyone think of Goethe's Faust?
Posted by: Linda (192.168.128.---)
Date: August 20, 2005 06:27PM

I last read it nearly 40 years ago at much the same time as I read Marlowe's Faustus, so I now confuse them. I didn't like the ending of one, but I can't remember which.


Re: What does anyone think of Goethe's Faust?
Posted by: Satirical (192.168.128.---)
Date: August 20, 2005 07:20PM

If its Goethe's then I kinda agree lol.


Re: What does anyone think of Goethe's Faust?
Posted by: Desi (Moderator)
Date: August 21, 2005 05:13AM

I read it about ten years ago in German, but I remember I absolutely loved it. I never read marlowes, so I can't confuse them :-)


Re: What does anyone think of Goethe's Faust?
Posted by: Satirical (192.168.128.---)
Date: August 21, 2005 02:15PM

Have you read it in english? I am currently learning to read german by way of wittgensein's german/english tractacus logico philisophicus and I am looking for my next read to further my learning, would you recommend?


Re: What does anyone think of Goethe's Faust?
Posted by: Desi (Moderator)
Date: August 21, 2005 02:28PM

no, I haven't read it in english, I try to read a book in its original language. If I don't know the original language, I read it in whatever translation I can get my hands on.

I wouldn't have started with Witgenstein. Jee. Good luck. I think Goethe might be pretty difficult too. It is not altogether modern.

A german author I really like is Stefan Zweig. I will think about your question.


Re: What does anyone think of Goethe's Faust?
Posted by: Satirical (192.168.128.---)
Date: August 22, 2005 09:32PM

What would you think would be better to start with?


Re: What does anyone think of Goethe's Faust?
Posted by: Desi (Moderator)
Date: August 23, 2005 07:59AM

It depends on what you like and on your level. Maybe translations into german of books you are already familiar with? Or children books?

Das Niebelungenlied of Schiller is nice. I love Franz Kafka, but don't read it when you are feeling depressed. Heinrich boll is nice too.

what kind of books do you usually read?


Re: What does anyone think of Goethe's Faust?
Posted by: Satirical (192.168.128.---)
Date: August 23, 2005 12:11PM

I read a lot so this is a broad question lol
I will just go into what I am reading currently which I am enjoying as much as any of my past selections.

Horace's satires and epistles
Jorge Luis Borges' Ficciones(excellent essays)
Ludwig (of course)
and I am working my way through here [bartelby.com]




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