Theodor Fontane æ 8 Free downloadI can t believe uite how dismissive or damning with faint praise the English language Special Agent Francesca reviews of this novel on Goodreads are It s aelatively early novel of Fontane s considering his late start as a novelist it was published in 1888 when he was almost 70 but I think it s a minor melancholy masterpiece almost up there with his great Effi Briest The German title of this novel is Irrungen Wirrungen Confusions Delusions as a previous English translation enders it I like that far than the portentous On Tangled Paths which is the title of the Penguin Classics edition in which I ead it Irony seems to me key to Fontane s art and the sense that human experience can be simultaneously tragic and banalFontane is at his most minimalist here if I can generalize on the strength of having ead only three of his novels so far There are no dramatic events of the type we find in Effi Briest or Irretrievable and Fontane deliberately underplays what little action there is
"The arc of the narrative is familiar and predictable to the "arc of the narrative is familiar and predictable to the of clich a love affair between a lower class girl and an impecunious young aristocrat preordained to end in tears Everything falls out pretty much as almost every character in the novel has been predicting from the first pages but that doesn t weaken the novel in the least The feelings of both protagonists are explored in a characteristically sensitive mobile obliue slightly understated manner It s there that the interest of the novel esidesThe sense of place is very strong in this novel as in the other two novels of Fontane I have Mein wildes Geheimnis 03 read Lene s childhood home on the outskirts of Berlin where many of the early scenes take place is an evocativelyendered location as is the local holiday esort Hankel s Stowage Hankels Ablage where she and her lover Botho slope off for a poignant failed tryst I also liked Botho s meandering cab ide to the cemetery at Rixdorf to lay a wreath on Lene s mother s grave the kind of completely inconseuential and yet strangely emotionally charged episode at which Fontane excels There s an elegiac feel to the topography of the novel as well as to its sentimental texture The first sentence describes the market garden near Lene s house as having still been there in the mid 1870s when the fictional narrative begins as if it seems extraordinary only a decade later that such a thing could ever have existed so near to the center of Berlin 35 best book I had to ead for school in German Trials and Tribulations is about achieving happiness in late nineteenth century Prussia by following society s ules Young men can sow their wild oats with women of inferior social station but when the time comes in their lives to enter into espectable marriages they must promptly end any inappropriate liaison Young women from lower social classes should espect the ules that govern the lives of any lovers they might have from higher social classes and not make a fuss when they are inevitably droppedWhen our hero Baron Botha ealizes that his financial difficulties have left him with no other alternative but to enter into an advantageous marriage he The Geology And Landscape Of Santa Barbara County, California, And Its Offshore Islands rapidly terminates his affair with Lena a seamstress He says to Lena Order is a great thing and sometimes it is worth everything And now I must ask myself has my life been orderly No Order means marriage Yes my dear Lena you too believe in work and orderly living and you will understand and not make it hard for me Totally nonplussed Lena our heroine assures him that she will not any fuss saying I am not like the country girl whoan and threw herself into the well because her sweetheart has abandoned her Botha is of course immensely Biopower: Foucault and Beyond relieved He does latereflect that he might have fled to the new world with Lena and started afresh However doing so does later Jane Doe and the Cradle of All Worlds reflect that he might have fled to the new world with Lena and started afresh However doing so haveeuired effort than our hero would have been willing to make I cannot leave the service ie my military career at twenty seven years of age to become a cowboy in Texas or a waiter on a Mississippi steamer Lena fortunately finds a nice young man from the appropriate social class who is anxious to marry her even after she informs him of her fling with the Baron The Baron is similarly fortunate as his wife chooses to gently smile at his earlier dalliances I find it. Die Geschichte spielt im Berlin der 1870er Jahre Die hübsche und pflichtbewusste Lene wohnt mit ihrer alten Pflegemutter Nimptsch in einem Difficult to admire any of the characters in this well crafted
novel but ibut I acknowledge that it
probably describes very accurately the eality of a certain era I m not sure ifdescribes very accurately the eality of a certain era I m not sure if so poignant can be delightful isn t that terribly hard hearted of me to take delight in the vagaries of love the tangled paths of the title that end in the thicket of sensible but unsatisfactory marriages For as Jan Maat acutely points out in his うそつきリリィ 3 [Usotsuki Lily 3] review Fontane is not Hardy Berlin is not Wessex no one will die but they will get to be unhappy Except for K the Botho s socially acceptableich wife who s too silly to ever be unhappyBut it s Fontane s spellbinding artistry that delights There is a charming intimacy to this novel we sit next to Lene and Botho eavesdropping on their conversations with close friends family companions in the military We ead their letters their postcards Listen to Botho chat to the driver of his carriage The narrat This novella is a classic for sure Not much action a slice of life treating of the springsummer affair of a working class seamstress Lene and a feckless aristocratic cavalryman Baron Botho von Rien cker set in the 1870s Each is in love with the other but each is bound by the class strictures of those days and so chooses to emain in it Botho marries a A Bold Carnivore: An Alphabet of Predators rich young lady to save his family estate and Lene knows they should part a hint is given when on an overnight trip together Lene sees the pictures in their hoteloom and can t Goodbye Sarajevo: A True Story of Courage, Love and Survival read the English inscription sheealizes he is untouchable as marriage material She does marry a worthy man of her class and Botho suffers in his suffocating marriage with the empty headed K the When a friend comes to Botho for advice on a situation similar to Botho s own he is advised although it might bring pain it is be Theodor Fontane is generally considered to be the pinnacle of the Lifting realist novel in Germany something like the German euivalent of Balzac and Dickens There is one marked difference between his novels and that of his French and English counterparts though Fontane s novels lack any trace of the sensational novel and of melodrama thatun so strongly through the work of the other two There never is much in the way of plot and even if characters die through suicide or in duels there is never Mathruhridayam really any sense of drama to it even tragic events appear business as usual pieces of miscellaneous news on the last page of the morning pa Du liebst mich und bist mir treuAber wegfliegen wirst du das seh ich klar und gewiss Du wirst es m ssen Es hei t immer die Liebe mache blind aber sie macht auch hell und fernsichtig p34Fontane in his later novelseminds me of the story of the fish who was able to be silent in First published in 1887 Irrungen Wirrungen tells the story of two lovers who are doomed to never spend their lives together despite wanting toAlthough the theme was hardly a new one even to contemporary eaders the way the story unfolds is beautiful Fontane has a knack of leading the eader by the hand showing and not TELLING THE DEPTHS OF THE MAIN CHARACTERS FEELINGS FOR the depths of the main characters feelings for anotherLene the main female character says from the start that her A Life In School: What The Teacher Learned relationship with Baron Botho cannot last Instead of the couple fighting against tradition and society s expectations the pair of them whole heartedly embrace said expectations Later in the novel a friend of Botho says that he is going to defy convention and marry the penniless love of his life Bothoeplies that if he goes ahead with a marriage it will bring misery to both of them in the long un as it goes against the status uo My version of the German classic novel by Theodor Fontane Irrungen Wirrungen was the Penguin edition translated by Peter James Bowman titled On Tangled Paths though other versions of the novel have it listed as Trials Tribulations I enjoyed eading this prime example of German Realism but confess that I probably enjoyed eading about the author s life far than dealing with his 1888 novel The book deals with the doomed love affair between a titled but less than affluent cavalry officer and a young beautiful seamstress a bond that transgressed class lines was considered immoral as well though such elationships were not uncommon at the timeThe story occurs at. Leinen Häuschen Bei einer Bootspartie lernt sie den gesellschaftlich gewandten und unterhaltsamen Baron Botho von Rienäcker kennen Im Laufe. A time of change when the middle class in Berlin its environs was becoming much potent while the aristocracy was on the defensive The working class is also epresented in Fontane s tale and the component of social diversity seemed most welcome One did get a sense of societal transition as Botho the cavalry officer in a prestigious The March Up: Taking Baghdad with the 1st Marine Division regiment Lene a seamstress seem nicely matched emotionally very much in love initially without much outsider interference but we uickly learn that while Lene is completelyealistic in her appraisal of their Pimpinella Meerprinzessin 1: Ankunft im Muschelschloss (German Edition) relationship Botho isather weak willed and the Das kurze Leben der Sophie Scholl reality of his situation has to be pointed out to him by his mother For if he continues in theelationship with the lovely Lene Botho will most certainly lose his family connections his standing within his aristocratic circle his future opportunities and even his position with the egiment uite without much action or attention on Botho s part he becomes engaged to an upper class woman named Kathe someone with a pleasant demeanor and from a family with considerable means but phrasing in the vernacular of today a bit of an airhead Alas for those pining for a continued loving bond between Botho Lene but without the Elvira Madigan ending Fontane efused to play along with his Darfur's Sorrow: A History of Destruction and Genocide readers In comparing the Fontane novel to Balzac for example I confess to being drawn in by Balzac s characters but kept at a distance by those in this wellegarded period novel by Fontane The folks who inhabit Balzac s tales in mid 19th century Paris seem palpable even familiar while those within On Tangled Paths struck me as Black Gold in North Dakota remaining at a distance in part because Fontane loads the passages witheferences to specific estaurants types of food inns spas the effluvia of Fontane s Berlin at a particular point in time keeping the eader at something of a Nestle Toll House Recipe Collection remove from the story Yes there are footnotes aplenty for each of the expliciteferences all of which would have been clear to a eader at the time the book appeared but which interrupt the flow of the tale However I very much enjoyed the interplay among those different classes the sense of social stratification but within a seemingly informal setting Most of the cavalry epresenting various each with their own colors levels of prestige seem to sit around the cafes playing cards drinking for it is apparently a time between the intermittent the wars with Austria France Britain Lene was for me the most captivating character in the Fontane novel someone who just seems to Wicked City: The Other Side remain above the fray She was happy utterly happy saw the whole world in aosy light She had the best the dearest of men on her arm was enjoying a precious moment with him Was that not enough And if this moment should be their last well so be it Was she not favoured just to live through such a day Even if it was only once this one single time And so all the intimations of hurt anxiety that despite her best efforts had occasionally oppressed her spirits melted away all she felt was pride joy thankfulnessThe eventual Officer, Surgeon…Gentleman! rift that befalls Lene Botho does come at a price so for Botho than for Lene with the former declaring What can I personally learn from this A man who goes with the grain may fall but he falls in a better way than a man who goes against it However a bit later Botho intones to a fellow officer facing a similar situation Many things are permissible but not what does violence to the soul or entangles the heart even if it s your only way On Tangled Paths by Theodor Fontane is aather charming somewhat diverting little book I ead as a part of an AlumniContinuing Ed course at Northwestern *University entitled Love In Out of Marriage is my first exposure to the author A uite interesting essay * entitled Love In Out of Marriage is my first exposure to the author A uite interesting essay Fontane by Daniel Mendelson Heroine Addict What Theodore Fontane s Women Want appeared in the March 7th 2011 issue of The New Yorker available via the Internet at least for subscribers to the magazine Since this is a ealistic novel I am sad to think that it was common for aristocratic young men to have a liaison or two with young women of the lower middle class I was waiting for something dramatic to happen but it did not Wondering why Fontane named the novel as he did because I cannot find the connectio. 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