Letters from Italy

Letters from Italy In when he was already the acknowledged leader of the Sturm und Drang literary movement Goethe set out on a journey to Italy to fulfil a personal and artistic quest and to find relief from his

  • Title: Letters from Italy
  • Author: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
  • ISBN: 9780146001987
  • Page: 241
  • Format: Paperback
  • In 1786, when he was already the acknowledged leader of the Sturm und Drang literary movement, Goethe set out on a journey to Italy to fulfil a personal and artistic quest and to find relief from his responsibilities and the agonies of unrequited love As he travelled to Venice, Rome, Naples and Sicily he wrote many letters, which he later used as the basis for the ItalianIn 1786, when he was already the acknowledged leader of the Sturm und Drang literary movement, Goethe set out on a journey to Italy to fulfil a personal and artistic quest and to find relief from his responsibilities and the agonies of unrequited love As he travelled to Venice, Rome, Naples and Sicily he wrote many letters, which he later used as the basis for the Italian Journey A journal full of fascinating observations on art and history, and the plants, landscape and the character of the local people he encountered, this is also a moving account of the psychological crisis from which Goethe emerged newly inspired to write the great works of his mature years.

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    1. General IntroductionThis is a handsome edition that I was not planning to buy, channelling Mr Toad I am enjoying it's canary yellow cover. I had intended to buy Elective Affinities after reading Issicratea's review and so thinking if would be good to return to, however Foyles on the day I visited didn't have a copy ofElective Affinities, but they had this, shrink wrapped and at Twelve fifty for a ten euro book which was acceptable to my bank balance. Between the cover the covers, one third of th [...]

    2. Through mere words, can one fall in love with a man dead for over 200 years? As foolish as that sounds, I have done just that. Goethe is an individualist, an introspective seeker, a refined gentleman, an educated adventurer and a romantic hero. What is not to love?Even though this enjoyable book was written in the late 1700's, it has the feel of being written in the early 20th century. It is immensely readable and thoroughly insightful. I felt like I went on the journey with him, and I wish it c [...]

    3. Foram apenas a minha admiração por Goethe e a minha paixão por Itália que fizeram com que levasse esta aborrecida narrativa até ao fim tive muita dificuldade em apropriar-me das impressões de Goethe, cuja viagem a Itália decorreu entre setembro de 1786 e junho de 1787, muito por força das entediantes descrições das paisagens italianas no que respeita à sua morfologia, geologia, mineralogia, orografia, botânica e outros tantos pontos que se afiguram sem qualquer tipo de interesse para [...]

    4. I really enjoyed Goethe's Italian Journey, a combination of a diary and letters to his friends. His vivid descriptions of nature reminded me of Rousseau's Reveries and Senancour's Obermann!!

    5. For my HS music lessons, my teacher had an Amati bass, and played tuba in his Italian VFW marching band in Springfield, MA. Every Christmas his bay-window portico was filled with his presepe or crèche, the figures around a foot tall. Though I took trombone, I recall waiting for my lesson in front of the presepe, hearing fine bass music. Every jazz bassist in the Connecticut Valley studied with Mr Bev, who had emigrated from the Naples area. Goethe writes to Herder May 27 (’86?) he had forgott [...]

    6. This is one of those I-picked-it-up-randomly-at-the-library-and-got-very-lucky sort of incidences. I had not read any Goethe before I read this book but I knew his name sounded familiar so when I walked past the Travel section in my library this huge hardcover version of this book was hanging out and that caught my eye.I opened it up and thought the first few lines were pretty clever and when I got home I was taken on a Journey through late 18th century Italy by a pretty clever dude. It was both [...]

    7. Having struggled badly with Faust I was a little wary of this, but needn’t have worried. Made up of diary entries and letters, and translated by W.H. Auden, it turned out to be a very smooth and enjoyable read. Suffering a mid-life crisis (we’re not really told what this is) he flees to Italy for a year and half to find himself and become the tourist par-excellence.The English had largely pioneered tourism in Italy, but they were much younger and usually very rich. In theory they were there [...]

    8. غوته شاعر وكاتب مخضرم عاش في القرنين الثامن عشر والتاسع عشر. ترك بصمة صارخة في الحياة الشعرية والأدبية والفلسفية . وإرثاً أدبياً -ثقافياً للمكتبة الألمانية والعالمية، لا يستهان به. من أشهر أعماله: "مسرحية فاوست " ملحمة شعرية من جزأين تعج بالصور والأخيلة الأثيرة بالتراجيديا ا [...]

    9. Excellent book. But specific. I'm not sure I've met anybody I would recommend this book to. It's a lot like Thoreau's Walden, but less directly philosophical/quotable. Like Walden, there's a lot of stuff to weed through that is not immediately interesting. Lots of notes about the topography of the land from Germany to Italy. Very readable though, he doesn't use big words (maybe because it is translated from German?). Like Walden, this is Goethe's summary of a 2 year trip where he left to confron [...]

    10. "Viagem a Itália. 1786-1788" trata-se de uma obra que engloba cartas e diários, enviados por Johann Wolfgang von Goethe aos seus amigos, durante a viagem que este fez a Itália, partindo de Karlsbad e regressando no final a Weimar. No final consta igualmente um apêndice escrito pelo autor sobre o Carnaval Romano. Com efeito, Goethe partiu, na época, de forma escondida, dando um nome ficticio, já que se por um lado gostava de ser conhecido pelo sucesso da sua obra "Die Leiden des jungen Wert [...]

    11. This book was awesome. Well it is really the scraps of his journal (where he is mercifully brief in most moments) and letters sent to friends back home in Weimar. He talks about geology and architecture and weather, a lot, and also about the ladies (making note of which cities have the more attractive women). He comments in most fun and insightful ways like on page 96, "I'd like to write you a calm, rational word again now, because the last few days it wouldn't work. I don't know how it will tur [...]

    12. Ich habe das Hörbuch gestern während meiner beiden Flüge Richtung Heimat gehört - und dafür war es einfach perfekt: kurze Auszüge aus verschiedenen Werken Goethes und seiner Zeitgenossen, die alle das Thema Italien gemein haben, ein kurzweiliger Wechsel zwischen verschiedenen Schauplätzen in Nord- und Süditalien (manche Orte habe ich wiedererkannt, manche neu kennengelernt und beides hat mir viel Freude gemacht) und dazwischen immer ein bisschen passende, nett anzuhörende Musik - man ka [...]

    13. أنا أعشق هذا الكتاب ولكن لربما هو عشق شخصي فقد حاولت تتبع مسار تلك الرحلة بعد أن قرأت عنها في روايات دان براون المثيرة حول روبرت لانغدون والتي تتصدرها "شفرة دافنشي". في كتاب دان براون الثري بالأسرار والخفايا المريبة حول الماسونية وفرسان الهيكل شيء من السحر الذي يجعلك تتحلى با [...]

    14. As an Italian resident dreaming of the Grand Tour this book had been on my to-read list for many years. I had read extracts and select chapters but I decided to undertake the effort to spend precious time with good old Johann. Goethe is a humorous and prolix author who delves deep into the nature of everything and everyone he encounters during his travels. His Sicilian letters accompanied on my travels to my ancestral island and reading of his stay in my region (Frascati - Castel Gandolfo - Vell [...]

    15. J'ai bien aimé ce journal intime,il nous a permis de découvrir l'Italie antique dans toute sa beauté. Goethe est surtout un esprit encyclopédique comme il peut encore exister à la fin du 18e siècle : littérature naturellement, mais aussi sciences de la terre (origines, minéralogie), optique (théorie des couleurs), minéralogie. S’il n’a que peu d’intérêt pour la musique (il n’aime pas la fougue d’un Beethoven), il est un grand amateur des arts plastiques. Ministre du duc de [...]

    16. Ci sarebbero molte cose da dire sul Viaggio in Italia, così tante che non so nemmeno bene da dove iniziare. Parliamo prima di tutto della pubblicazione: la prima parte nel 1816-17, la seconda nel 1829. Ma Goethe fu in Italia dal 1786 al 1788, molti anni prima. Questo fa ben capire che lo scrittore scrisse il suo romanzo autobiografico non di getto, come avrebbe potuto fare negli anni immediatamente successivi, ma rielaborandolo, rendendolo un libro e non un diario, una favola e non soltanto una [...]

    17. Alsof het pas net geschreven is, zo fris. Fascinerend relaas van een onderzoeker in hart en nieren, blijkbaar niet erg sociaal. Inhoudelijk zijn de tweeenhale eeuw verschil wel degelijk heel merkbaar: niets is zomaar te bekijken, Alles moet beschreven. In onze beeldcultuur is dat niet meer voor te stellen.Vanaf rome - in / door gezelschap van Tischbein - lijkt de toon socialer te worden, en de onderzoeksresulaten minder genoteerd. Vanaf ca 1808 niet alle kattebelletjes meer echt gelezen. Wat ges [...]

    18. Originally posted at Majoring in LiteratureHere’s a question: what does an eighteenth-century gentleman, with a fair amount of money, a comfortable desk job, and a passion for rocks and plants do when he finds himself suffering through the throngs of a mid-life crisis?My natural answer, of course, would be this: he buys a racing carriage and starts wearing leather coat-tails.If, however, that eighteenth-century gentleman happens to be Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and the desk job happens to be [...]

    19. E' stato strano scoprire un Goethe così "giovane", solitamente si ha un'idea più paludata ed accademica. Invece è simpatico e trascinante, pronto a vedere, fare, capire; è così poco "tedesco" anche se continuamente raffronta la gioia di vivere dei napoletani-siciliani con i rigori del temperamento nordico; trasmette un entusiasmo così genuino per tutto quello che vede e che fa che è sbalorditivo che stia scrivendo ben 40 anni dopo avere compiuto il viaggio.

    20. se volete fare un viaggio con Goethe per ammirare le vedute classiche, i paesaggi e il popolo italiano della fine del settecento, questo è un buon libro. Non è molto dettagliato ma isipira comunque pensieri interessanti.

    21. Interesting read on lots of levels of Goethe's journey to Bolzano, Padova, Venice, Bologna, Ferrara, Rome, etc. I enjoyed his reviews of the plays he saw, descriptions of Italian manners and customs (eg how Italian timekeeping worked), and the interest he takes in actually seeing things he has previously only heard about.

    22. Goethe's father had taken a trip to Italy as a young man and had encouraged his son to do the same, even giving him lessons in Italian. He bypasses two chances to go and then while vacationing in Carlsbad in Bohemia takes off at 3am without telling his friends or employer on a nearly 2 year trip! He is a keen observer and very well educated (knew Latin, Greek, French, Italian, English and Hebrew) and has published a best seller (Trials of Young Werther) and decides to go incognito just to hang o [...]

    23. Samen met de gesprekken met Eckermann, is de 'Italiaanse Reis' van Goethe mogelijk het meest belangwekkende document van een schakelmoment in het leven van Goethe. Uiteraard heeft Goethe het een en ander rechtgetrokken tijdens het redigeren van de tekst, dus 'heet van de pers' is het geenszins, maar toch krijg je duidelijk beeld van een Goethe, die totaal overdonderd wordt door hetgeen hij tijdens zijn, zo lang geambieerde, verblijf in Italie te zien krijgt. Waar Goethe tijdens zijn dialogen met [...]

    24. A few preliminaries:This was my first experience with Goethe.I picked it up because I'd just finished Crime and Punishment and wanted something lighter to read on a trip I took in March.I'd remembered his quote about Sicily: "To have seen Italy without having seen Sicily is to have seen nothing, for Sicily is the clue to everything."WH Auden's introduction says that this would be a good book on which to start with Goethe, and I agree. The fact that it is composed largely of letters written home [...]

    25. Un libro che ogni italiano dovrebbe leggere. Soprattutto se ama il proprio Paese.Vedere la nostra Italia, e noi stessi, attraverso gli occhi di uno straniero innamorato del nostro Paese è un lusso che non capita tutti i giorni.Capire che il luogo in cui viviamo è un paradiso che abbiamo abbellito con l'Arte dei grandi geni, nostri conterranei; capire che la nostra indole un po' furba e svogliata è dovuta al ben di Dio che giornalmente ci viene offerto dalla Terra che abitiamo.Vedere come da s [...]

    26. "They are utterly carefree because they are afraid that thinking might make them age quicker." - No, Goethe had not in fact taken a detour into Essex.Taken singly, some of Goethe's accounts of his Italian journey seem prosaic, trite even - who cares that the author of Faust and Werther "met a woman selling pears and peaches" (yes, that's all he can bother to say about her) on his trek from Trento?However the cumulative effect of his impressions and digressions (evincing his effortless knowledge [...]

    27. Spaghetti, pollo, insalatina e una tazzina di caffè, a malapena riesce a mandar giù.A un certo punto il viaggio finisce (poco dopo la metà) e visto che il nostro è un po' orso, il tutto si riduce a i suoi progressi nell'arte del disegno, a qualche commento ispiratogli da opere d'arte, poco altro.Nota curiosa: in tutto il viaggio mangia un piatto di pasta e una gallina col riso, in Sicilia. Solo i siciliani, e un po' i campani, sono riusciti nell'arduo compito di interessarlo al cibo.Non si m [...]

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