And what can I say, I absolutely love it! Not only because it's very short which is always good for a book you have to read in classbut because it is extremely extraordinary written Untitled - Georg Büchner least in the German original.
The novel deals with Lenz, a young author who suffers from schizophrenic and manic-depressive episodes. With many metaphors, personifications and just his whole use of language, the short story really comes to live. You feel with and through Lenz and even without much knowledge about psychology and the disorder you learn quite a bit. By far the best book I've read in my school time.
My hopelessness resurfaces everytime I finish a book and my mood isn't compatible with anything in my reading list nor anywhere else for that matter. I finally found this book. German made. In all sense deep and pure. There is Philipp Hochmair - Lenz (CD) candid submission to Nature here and it almost describes how I feel, almost. To want to merge with the lakes fully, to melt and be one with the water and the mountains and the air.
To swallow the wind and be drowend in the sunlight. To take it all. To be taken My hopelessness resurfaces everytime I finish a book and my mood isn't compatible with anything in my reading list nor anywhere else for that matter.
To be taken, destroyed, cut to pieces and shattered by the elements because to only see it is too weak a feeling. Lenz is mad with grief. He gives a sermon we don't hear. Idealism is blasphemy, ungratitude, ignorance.
But what of Apollo? Life is no more, pain to bring back reality also a close friend. So he lives on Death will not eliminate despair, or maybe it will who knows Feb 14, Sherry rated it liked it Shelves: My excitement over the fact that it's in German with the English translation over rode all other facts about this book.
That aside, I did read the book in German up to page 40 before I switched to the English translation. I will be hanging on to the book to read again. I enjoyed the story Lenz. I would have enjoyed it a little more if I had known it was bio-fiction. I didn't discover this unti Hmmm I didn't discover this until the end of the book - my copy includes a note from Goethe a frienemy of Lenz as well as a note from the translator describing the life events preceding and following the events in the story.
I would have liked to read these before reading the story think of it as reading the book before seeing the movie. Overall, it was poetically written and highly entertaining. Jan 23, Sarah rated Philipp Hochmair - Lenz (CD) really liked it. One of the few books I read in German class and actually enjoyed.
This book follows the mentally unstable Lenz, who was an author in the 19th century. It is based on a real person and it fairly short. It was definitely an interesting read. Sep 07, Rainer rated it it was amazing Shelves: german-literaturetop-classics. This story is much more than Philipp Hochmair - Lenz (CD) a tale of an intellectual falling into madness. Yes - schizophrenia it is.
Whatever that is Philipp Hochmair - Lenz (CD) schizophrenia. But what is really touching deep levels of ones mind and heart is the matter-of-factness of the diary style of the work which at the same time is written in a language that conveys a feeling of despair, loneliness and total loss of orientation that can be considered as a general human affliction - a kind of generalized all-human schizophrenia if you like. For me this is maybe one of the best, if not the best, novelettes ever written in the German language Feb 01, Ed rated it liked it.
In Jacob Michael Reinhold Lenz suffered an attack of insanity and the following year was sent to stay at vicarage in Vosges Mountains of Alsace above Strasbourg, where he stayed for a time. Buchner, using the diaries of the minister who cared for Lenz, wrote this long story in It provides an interesting glimpse of how some people viewed and treated the mad before medical diagnoses were established. The mix of kindness and exasperation displayed by the minister reminded me of how lovin In Jacob Michael Reinhold Lenz suffered an attack of insanity and the following year was sent to stay at vicarage in Vosges Mountains of Alsace above Strasbourg, where he stayed for a time.
The mix of kindness and exasperation displayed by the minister reminded me of how loving people respond today as their family members loose their minds. Read it but didn't really get it.
Going to read it again before I have uniclass and have to work with it, maybe I'll get it then. It just didn't seem right to me. Readers also enjoyed. Notify me of new comments via email. Notify me of new posts via email. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.
Here is the opening paragraph of Lenz : The 20th, Lenz walked through the mountains. Okay: The incidents Philipp Hochmair - Lenz (CD) the night reached a horrific pitch.
Ultimately, the boredom Lenz circles around is deeply painful: The half-hearted attempts at suicide he kept on making were not entirely serious, it was less the desire to die, death for him held no promise of peace or hope, than the attempt, at moments of excruciating anxiety or dull apathy bordering on non-existence bordering on non-existence, to snap back into himself through physical pain.
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Books Video icon An illustration of two cells of a film strip. Video Audio icon An illustration of an audio speaker. Audio Software icon An illustration of a 3. Software Images icon An illustration of two photographs. Instead of this, Lenz argues, one should immerse oneself in the life of the commonest people and things:. One should try for once to immerse oneself in the life of the lowest things and people and reproduce it, in the tics, the suggestions, in the play of facial expressions which are very fine, hardly noticed.
He had attempted to do this in [his plays] The Tutor and The Soldierswith the most mediocre people under the sun; but the vein of feeling is the same in almost all people, the only difference is that the outer crust, through which one must break, is more or less thick. Kathryn R.
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