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Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus Thomas Mann s last great novel first published in and now rendered into English by acclaimed translator John E Woods is a modern reworking of the Faust legend in which Germany sells its soul t

  • Title: Doctor Faustus
  • Author: Thomas Mann John E. Woods
  • ISBN: 9780375701160
  • Page: 302
  • Format: Paperback
  • Thomas Mann s last great novel, first published in 1947 and now rendered into English by acclaimed translator John E Woods, is a modern reworking of the Faust legend, in which Germany sells its soul to the Devil Mann s protagonist, the composer Adrian Leverk hn, is the flower of German culture, a brilliant, isolated, overreaching figure, his radical new music a breakneckThomas Mann s last great novel, first published in 1947 and now rendered into English by acclaimed translator John E Woods, is a modern reworking of the Faust legend, in which Germany sells its soul to the Devil Mann s protagonist, the composer Adrian Leverk hn, is the flower of German culture, a brilliant, isolated, overreaching figure, his radical new music a breakneck game played by art at the very edge of impossibility In return for twenty four years of unparalleled musical accomplishment, he bargains away his soul and the ability to love his fellow man.Leverk hn s life story is a brilliant allegory of the rise of the Third Reich, of Germany s renunciation of its own humanity and its embrace of ambition and its nihilism It is also Mann s most profound meditation on the German genius both national and individual and the terrible responsibilities of the truly great artist.

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    1. Thomas Mann John E. Woods

      Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name See this thread for information.Thomas Mann was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, and 1929 Nobel Prize laureate, known for his series of highly symbolic and ironic epic novels and novellas, noted for their insight into the psychology of the artist and the intellectual His analysis and critique of the European and German soul used modernized German and Biblical stories, as well as the ideas of Goethe, Nietzsche, and Schopenhauer His older brother was the radical writer Heinrich Mann, and three of his six children, Erika Mann, Klaus Mann and Golo Mann, also became important German writers When Hitler came to power in 1933, Mann fled to Switzerland When World War II broke out in 1939, he emigrated to the United States, from where he returned to Switzerland in 1952 Thomas Mann is one of the best known exponents of the so called Exilliteratur.

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    1. Spring cleaning my gr shelves recently, I noticed the absence of a review of this book Truth to tell, I was well aware of its absence as the thought of reviewing Doctor Faustus had haunted me since I finished the book two months ago But spring cleaning is still a useful analogy When the stronger rays of the sun hit our window panes at this time of the year, they reveal the layers of dust that have built up on the glass over the winter and which block our view of the outside world Serenus Zeitblo [...]


    2. THE LAMENTATIONS OF THE HUMANIST NOVELOratorio in Five Parts.Composer M.Conductor s Edition.Dynamics and Mood Melancholia.Tonality G minor.Venue Church of St Thomas, Leipzig.Date 23rd May 1943 Duration The Hour Glass will determine its Time.Premi re Serenus Zeitblom as Conductor.Singers Tanya Orlanda a dramatic soprano and a stupendous woman with a heroic voice.Harald Kjoejelund as Heldentenor, a quite rotund man with pince nez and voice of brass p 293 OVERTUREI, John Serenus Zeitblom of Patmos, [...]


    3. a night, where it doesn t get dark for the lightnings This was the entire troubled life of the great groundbreaking composer Adrian Leverk hn This is the world of man All about him was coldness and how do I feel, using this word, which he himself, in an uncanny connection, once also set down Life and experience can give to single syllables an accent utterly divorcing them from their common meaning and lending them an aura of horror, which nobody understands who has not learned them in that awful [...]


    4. No, to the very end, this dark tone poem permits no consolation, reconciliation, transfiguration But what if the artistic paradox, which says that expression, the expression of lament, is born out of the construct as a whole, corresponds to the religious paradox, which says that out of the profoundest irredeemable despair, if only as the softest of questions, hope may germinate This would be hope beyond hopelessness, the transcendence of despair not its betrayal, but the miracle that goes beyond [...]


    5. Got up before dawn this morning to finish the last two chapters with coffee, knew I wouldn t be able to read the final 17 pages last night didn t really want to put the book down over the past few days as it started to take off towards its finale thanks to way dramatization than in, well, most of it Like all Mann I ve read it requires and it rewards patience Like in The Magic Mountain, if you make it through the first 250 300 slow, dense pages, things take off at a pretty good upwards clip, plu [...]


    6. It was not love at first sight Thomas Mann certainly, in retrospect, deserving of the second n in his surname as he was no ordinary man winked at me from a top shelf at the bookstore I did not pay attention at first He was not my type than 500 pages, hardcover, difficult to read in bed But as my vision became blurred from all the glossy colourful covers of the other books I found myself being drawn to this simple Everyman s Edition Library book with its simple lettering and appearance I was qui [...]


    7. Tell me, what do you think about greatness I find there is something uncomfortable about facing it eye to eye, it is a test of courage can one really look it in the eye You can t stand it, you give way Let me tell you, I incline and to the admission that there is something very odd indeed about this music of yours I do not like to call it beautiful The word beauty has always been half offensive to me, it has such a silly face, and people feel wanton and corrupt when they say it But it is good, [...]


    8. Is it enough to say I loved it No, that won t do Although, it seems silly to write a proper review Oh, there are pages of notes stuck in the back some pretension of understanding But this is a book you could devote an entire academic life to Or even be humbled in a group read with readers who know or can track down every clue My thanks to all of you who enriched this read And for letting me tag along I don t know if all group reads are like this I suspect not but my sincere thanks to everyone wh [...]


    9. This is my third read of this novel, though my first with this translation It is a little like that scene in teen movies where the already beautiful awkward girl descends the stairs post make over, allowing one to see with glaring clarity the gorgeousness that was always already there So, because it amuses me, and in an effort to overdo an already rather rubbish analogy, on the left, ladies and gents, we have H T Lowe Porter s version of the novel, on the right that of Mr Woods Although, looking [...]


    10. This is not a beach book The literature on Thomas Mann s Doktor Faustus is huge, and I m glad I didn t try to master it all I tackled the novel actually re reading it after 40 years with an untutored but relatively open mind However, I needed a reading group to get through it, and here really came through for me with an international group of 14 close readers on the same schedule They helped enormously Thomas Mann wrote his fiction in response to a heartbreaking reality his beloved Germany commi [...]


    11. It is rare that it takes three months for me to finish a novel, but I have a few theories as to why this was aside from the rigors of a teaching schedule adjunct commute.The novel operates on so many levels it is difficult to read than a few chapters before you need to stop to digest Keeping track of the numerous secondary characters is a painstaking, but worthwhile, endeavor Mann forms his environment with this multitude, presenting a photograph of German bourgeois life in the early 20th centu [...]


    12. I have hesitated to write a review of this book because there is so much here and it is so difficult to know where to begin Based on the Doctor Faustus story, it is the tale of one Adrian Leverk hn, born early in the 20th century, who trades his soul for the ability to compose brilliant music Of course this is a limited pact, in his case for 24 years His story is told by a childhood and adult friend Serenus Zeitblom, who also presents the changes in German culture during the years, ending with t [...]


    13. Nel 1933, l umanista tedesco Serenus Zeitblom, contrario al nazismo, abbandona, all et di 60 anni, l insegnamento Destina il suo tempo alla stesura della biografia del suo carissimo amico il compositore Adrian Leverkuhn il tempo in cui Hitler ammorba l aria quando Serenus narra la vita di Adrian, che si svolge fra la fine del 1800 e l avvento del nazismo.Adrian e Serenus hanno frequentato lo stesso ginnasio All universit Serenus studia lettere classiche, Adrian invece si iscrive alla facolt di t [...]


    14. Existen obras que ponen a prueba todo lo que se entiende por ser un lector El Doktor Faustus , sin lugar a dudas, es una de ellas Su complejidad conceptual argumentativa, si se quiere es impresionante De hecho, Mann logra desplegar con maestr a toda su erudici n en temas tan variados como la filosof a sobre todo del medioevo , la teor a musical, la psicolog a e, incluso, el devenir hist rico de Alemania De entrada, me reconozco avasallado por todo el despliegue conceptual de la obra Si bien logr [...]


    15. Un vast studiu roman at despre dec derea psihic a unui nsetat de cunoa tere, a unui erudit ce nu se mul ume te cu telurica modalitatea de a cunoa te, ci aspir la absolut Unii v d n Doctor Faustus elemente ce in de fantastic, ns unui cititor ac t rii i ar c dea mai degrab s spun c n via a aceasta pragmatic , nt lnim mai ales la un anumit stadiu al cunoa terii elemente ce unora, mai pu in ini ia i, li se par supranaturale.Un lucru foarte interesant e uluitor cum Thomas Mann reu e te s scrie un Bil [...]


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    17. Comecei a leitura de Doutor Fausto sem ter muita no o da dimens o da obra que tinha em m os Sabia apenas que era uma releitura da famosa lenda f ustica alem , na qual o m dico vende sua alma ao diabo em troca de tempo de vida para fazer grandes descobertas cient ficas Como amante da m sica, o que mais me interessava n o era a lenda, mas o fato de narrar a vida de um compositor alem o, ainda que fict cio.Li aquelas primeiras p ginas umas trocentas vezes Ia e voltava, n o entendia muita coisa Ent [...]


    18. Mann is Teutonic Melville, and like Moby Dick this book is filled with digressions and discussions alongside the unavoidable plunge toward madness and doom These digressions interweave the narrative with images of Dante s Inferno, D rer woodcuts, puppet theater, fairy tales, German culture during the period through the World Wars, lengthy discussions of Classical music, and apocalyptic and prophetic literature Written in the waning of the Second World War as the narrator tries to understand the [...]



    19. What an extraordinary book Thomas Mann even translated into English has such an immersive and yet easy style of writing He s a pleasure to read even when he s not saying anything interesting, which he certainly is here with this deeply symbolic web of personality and history Most interesting of all, however, is his deft use of a highly unreliable but entirely earnest non protagonist narrator I didn t enjoy this quite as much as Magic Mountain, but it cements Mann as one of my favorite classic au [...]


    20. My initial reaction to being done this book is relief Like the other Thomas Mann book I ve read, I ve found this a slog at times It was one where I had to give myself permission to read around 20 pages a day and no , or else I never would have sat down with it in the first place But despite that, despite how long it took me to read, and how I was never quite eager to get back to it, I am glad I read it A difficult read, but still, a worthwhile one.Note The rest of this review has been withheld d [...]


    21. Faust miti y z nden ilgimi ekmi ti Ancak ok daha fazlas var Almanya tarihi ve zellikle m zik ad na Mite gelince onun da her a dan bir yorumu olarak okunabilir kitap.


    22. A daunting masterwork which I feel hopelessly unqualified to describe, this is in part a retelling of the Faust legend, in part a meditation on the nature of classical music, genius and creativity, and part an inditement of Mann s Germany at the time of its creation, in the latter stages and immediate aftermath of the Second World War, centred on the life of an imaginary radical German composer of the early 20th century, told by a friend who knew him from his schooldays I was prompted to read it [...]


    23. It took me nine months to read this book, and now I m supposed to summarize it in a review limited to 20,000 characters Pah I don t dare even attempt it Many others have outlined the plot such as it is and explored in greater detail than that of which I am capable, the parallels between the story and Mann s bout of cultural guilt over the Third Reich Anything I say about this would only serve to expose how much I did not understand about this novel And because I didn t understand the entirety of [...]


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    25. I hardly ever give up on a novel Somehow I always hear my late mother s voice telling me to bite off than you can chew and chew it Well, Thomas Mann s Doctor Faustus was perhaps than I could chew, but at least I kept chewing to the end And I m glad I did As all Mann readers know, his books can be terribly slow and sometimes maddeningly ponderous, but I invariably reach the final page, having resisted the inclination to throw the book aside forever, feeling that my time has been well spent, tha [...]



    26. Doktor Faustus is besides Zauberberg and the Josef novels one of Thomas Mann s great novels and yes I m aware that most people would add Buddenbrooks to that list or even have it solely consist of that novel for my part, however, I think it is very overrated and one of Mann s lesser efforts and has a reputation of being inaccessible even by his standards This reputation is not completely undeserved, it is a complex and difficult book and takes some effort to get into on the other hand, however, [...]


    27. It has been a long time since I thought so much about a book, jotted down so many notes as I was reading Oh the joy of a book that challenges, provokes Having said that, it does nothing to charm and seduce The narrator is not easy to love, being, as he admits, a sobersides , and clearly emotionally repressed there are long passages about musical theory, and a transcription of the conversation of a group of students on a Wandervogel outing, discussing the nature and destiny of the German people e [...]


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