Friday, December 4, 2009

The Sorrows of Young Werther- A Book Review

The Sorrows of Young Werther is a beautiful piece of tragic literature. It's written mostly as a series of letters from Werther to his friend Wilhelm detailing his love of Lotte and how that leads to his eventual suicide.

Right from the get go Werther knows of the impending marriage between Lotte and Albert but he can't control his emotions and the love he feels for Lotte. And when he meets Albert, who is a genuinely nice guy, he can't help but like him. The letters go from being full of excitement and elation at the beginning of his acquaintance with Lotte to slowly turning very dark as Werther slips further and further into depression. Deep depression. In fact, his emotions go to such extremes throughout the book, I'd say poor Werther is manic depressive with his thoughts of suicide and murder. He says towards the end of the book, "One of us three must go, so let it be me!" He's had thoughts of killing Albert and even Lotte herself but can't bring himself to harm either of them. So he takes himself out of the equation in hopes that Lotte and Albert can live happily ever after.

The Sorrows of Young Werther is beautifully written but very sad. It's heartbreaking to read as poor Werther's euphoric happiness slides slowly to despair. He says a couple of days after his first introduction to Lotte, "My days are as happy as any God sets aside for his saints; and, whatever the future may have in store for me, I cannot claim I have not enjoyed the pleasures in life, the very purest of pleasures."

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Thursday, December 3, 2009

Lost And Found - A Book Review

Since I have no time to post current read of mine, because I have been very busy though stopping for a while to read I have decided to repost book reviews of network friends. I hope you will find the book of your choice through these reviews.

Lost & Found is a book about just that: being lost and then found. It's about a woman and a dog who have both lost someone, but together they both start to heal. Rocky's husband dies suddenly and she moves out to an island off Maine to sort of run away from everybody and be surrounded by strangers. She becomes the new Animal Control Warden and leavers her career as a therapist behind. What she doesn't expect is to fall in love with the people and animals of Peak's Island. While in the course of her new duties in Animal Control, Rocky meets Lloyd, a very lovable black lab who has been shot through the shoulder with an arrow. Rocky takes Lloyd in while trying to unravel the mystery of who shot him and why. Solving this mystery is a lot more dangerous than it sounds because it centers on a very bad man who will do anything to get that dog. Lost & Found has a lot of interesting and unique characters but Lloyd the dog really steals the show in this novel. This book is great at showing the interaction and bond between a person and a dog.

"A poignant and unforgettable tale of love, loss, and moving on . . . with the help of one not-so-little dog."