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Apr 24, K. Good-for-nothing is how the author referred to his male protagonist in the story. Joseph von Eichendorff chose not to give a name to his character maybe because he would like us all to relate to his character. I easily was able to. At the beginning of the novel, Good-for-nothing removed all the vegetables in the family's garden and replaced them with flowers and decorative shrubs.
Almost twenty years ago or when I was a young man, I also did exactly like that. Von Eichendorff was a r Good-for-nothing is how the author referred to his male protagonist in the story.
Von Eichendorff was a romantic poet and it shows in this picaresque novel. This is a story of a young man that has to leave home to find his place in the sun.
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He is an easy-going fellow with a sensitivity and a heart of gold like Little Prince and along the way he meets people who made him realize the joy and pain of living in this world. Well, that's the way I would like to put all of these but I guess it may not be different to everyone as certainly I may not be aware of the background of those little encounters with different secondary characters.
However, Good-for-nothing's simple mind is something that everyone can relate to because there was always a stage in our lives when we were all gullible, trusting or more open. When Good-for-nothing falls in love with the daughter of the duke, I felt sorry of him because he is just a gardener and it will be impossible for the lovers to get married. It's just a case of too-good-to-be-true but certainly this is a romantic novel and a classic work in Germany. There is maybe something that is lost in translation as I cannot read German , but I guess this would not have been a classic if this is no longer read by the current generations in Germany so there must be something lovable about the whole thing.
Well, in the end the fondest dream of Good-for-nothing came true and so he and the daughter of the duke lived happily every after. And that is a happy ending that I have no power to question. Hurray to young love.
Jun 25, Lisa rated it liked it Shelves: Sometimes you wish life was as easy as that! No worries, go where your heart carries you, - und es war alles, alles gut! Not the most profund reading experience, but certainly an amusing piece of early escapism! Joseph von Eichendorff was an intellectual who was mainly known as a lyrical poet, but wrote prose as well. This novella, Life of a Good-for-nothing , is regarded as his magnum opus, and demonstrates the rare versatility of this highly esteemed writer of the German Romantic tradition. This work, like many that came before and after it, is the classic tale of a young man who sets out into the world for a new life.
The hero of the story, due to differences with his father, feels compelled to leave h Joseph von Eichendorff was an intellectual who was mainly known as a lyrical poet, but wrote prose as well. The hero of the story, due to differences with his father, feels compelled to leave home and seeks adventure and good fortune beyond.
The ever changing circumstances of his life on the road reduce him to misery, yet good luck is never far behind. And no matter how much he is disheartened by the unpropitious circumstances he stumbles upon, he never loses his spirit to endure; things always, for one reason or other, turn out for the better. Eichendorff's style is elegant and lucid, reminiscent of his fellow romantics.
This beautiful work touches the heart and soul, and is universally appealing - a timeless masterpiece by one of the great German writers.
This charming tale should be read by all young dreamers. Jul 08, Sherrymoon rated it really liked it. Es ist eine Ballade von Gottfried Keller. Ihr Duft, so fremd und wundervoll, Hat mir es angetan! O schlaget nicht mich armen Wicht, Lasst Euren Stecken ruhn!
Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts
Ich will ja nichts, mich hungert nicht, Ich will's nicht wieder tun! May 21, Manybooks rated it it was ok Shelves: And while in Aus dem Leben einnes Taugenichts there indeed and in fact are at first a few minor obstacles of mostly a cultural and societal nature encountered, which do seemingly prevent our Taugenichts from supposedly being able to marry his cherished Aurelie, they really and truly are removed and overcome almost at lightning speed and with a deus ex machina type of ease, requiring of Taugenichts mostly instances journeying forth which he delights in anyhow but never really featuring any truly serious and overly problematic conflicts and issues, with coincidences and quick uncomplicated successes always winning the day so to speak and the main protagonist also not ever in any danger, not ever actually having to truly struggle but basically having everything totally and utterly, almost magically fall into place for both him and his desired bride to be.
Now when I had to read Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts for a university course on German Romanticism in at the age of twenty , I indeed absolutely adored and loved this novella, and yes, even now as an older adult, I still do very much appreciate Joseph von Eichendorff's lyricism and poetical descriptions not to mention that many of the included "songs" are and always will be personal favourites of mine.
However, while von Eichendorff's poetry and descriptiveness make Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts evocative and yes indeed, a bright and shining beacon of and for German Romanticism as a movement, I do now consider the general storyline, the actual themes and content of Aus dem Leben einens Taugenichts as much too dragging, as too one-dimensional and as too chock full of happy but generally annoyingly standard flukes so that while I probably would have ranked this novella with four stars when I read it for university, the generally rather mundane serendipities, the fact that everything is just so ridiculously easy for Taugenichts, all that now makes me only consider but two stars at best for Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts , my personal appreciation and even my love of and for von Eichendorff's lyricism and poetry notwithstanding.
It might not have had the deepest plot or the biggest message but it was easy to read and understand unlike many other classics. At some point it was extremely lengthened though especially when it comes to all the traveling. And, there were so many characters introduced with no names but the same descriptions! It was really difficult to have an overview on them and I felt that they did not were particularly necessary to the plot but just really confusing.
From what I have read about the author studying law and having to get through with writing literature which is not a bad thing ofc!! I think that maybe he did not want people to identify theirselves with the protagonist but maybe he considered himself as a good-for-nothing. This might explain some biographic elements in the book, places he had been to himself, the setting Ich palaber auch gerne viel mit wenig Inhalt, aber Seiten ohne jeglichen Inhalt: Da werde selbst ich neidisch! View all 5 comments. Una storia semplice, con qualche piccolo colpo di scena finale ma sin troppo piana.
Infatti molte delle recensioni lette su questo libro concordano nel definirlo una sorta fiaba. Per primo il protagonista, giovane contemplativo e dedito all'arte suona il violino e compone canzoni che per questo viene chiamato Taugenichts Perdigiorno dal padre mugnaio, e che un giorno decide di andarsene a scoprire il mondo. Il racconto, quindi, prende l'avvio da un atto di ribellione da parte del protagonista rispetto alla prospettiva di vita borghese che gli si prospetta. Ho trovato su questo libro un giudizio molto severo di Thomas Mann.
Jun 25, Hokomoko rated it it was amazing Shelves: I'd give this book 6 stars if possible as it comes at just the right moment. My good friend Klaus Hofmann taught this book in secondary school where it was mandatory reading part of the canon in Germamy till 20 years ago. The story concerns a 'good for nothing' who doesn't want to fit in, do the work, meet expectations of the middle class. So he sets out on a life with no bonds, claims or expectations. No single word is wasted here, as his entire destiny as a rebelling youth with a privileged I'd give this book 6 stars if possible as it comes at just the right moment.
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No single word is wasted here, as his entire destiny as a rebelling youth with a privileged but not aristocratic background meets with resistance at every level of society. Yet at the same time, he charms folks and has truly deep insights into beauty, decency and following his own ideals. The unrealistic, almost 'fairy tale' narrative structure could stand in the way for some. For me it emphasized that the events and characters in the book were not to be taken as realistic portrayals - they stood for larger than life ideas and poetically explored and glorified a certain bold rejection of common values.
The 'Good for nothing' manages to overstep boundaries in a foolish but heroic approach to life and have a great time at it from beginning to end. Oct 21, Marc rated it it was amazing. Mir hat einfach der Grundgedanke des Buchs gefallen in die Welt zu ziehen und Abenteuer zu erleben. Sit down, read the book, enjoy the life of a "Taugenichts" and smile. It is perfectly satisfying! Mar 09, Miss Bookiverse rated it did not like it Shelves: This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Ich habe Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts vor drei Tagen fertig gelesen und mich dazu entschieden, kein Review zu schreiben, aber jetzt muss ich doch eins geschrieben werden, weil die unglaubliche Inhaltlosigkeit dieses Werkes mich immer noch nicht losgelassen hat.
Besonders interessant finde ich ja die Entscheidung Eichendorffs, dem Protagonisten einfach alles, was Ich habe Aus dem Leben eines Taugenichts vor drei Tagen fertig gelesen und mich dazu entschieden, kein Review zu schreiben, aber jetzt muss ich doch eins geschrieben werden, weil die unglaubliche Inhaltlosigkeit dieses Werkes mich immer noch nicht losgelassen hat.
Obwohl ich den Taugenichts auch beim zweiten Mal Lesen nicht geliebt habe, hasse ich ihn auf jeden Fall nicht mehr so wie beim ersten Mal. Ich glaube, dass ich ihn jetzt ein wenig besser verstehen konnte. View all 3 comments. Andererseits, vielleicht will er uns auch gar nichts sagen, und hat sie einfach nur geschrieben?
Mein Deutschlehrer wird sich mit dieser Analyse vermutlich nicht zufrieden geben. Was die Sprache betrifft: Green Brooms oder The Discharged Drummer. Am Ende gleicht es eher eine Operette, mit seiner irren Handlung -- als ob man von Wien nach Rom reisen sollte, und dabei imme Eine reizende Geschichte. Was aber das Ganze belebt, is der Held, immer lustig und begeistert. Such a sweet little story about love, live and friendship. This was not bad, and on the other hand it was completely frustrating.
We've got a main character, who starts out as someone who refuses to work and does nothing all day, until his father sends him away from home because he can no longer afford to feed the guy if he doesn't work. To include a comma in your tag, surround the tag with double quotes.
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