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Faust | [Johann Wolfgang von Goethe]

Faust

Goethe's masterpiece and perhaps the greatest work in German literature, Faust has made the legendary German alchemist one of the central myths of the Western world. Here indeed is a monumental Faust, an audacious man boldly wagering with the devil, Mephistopheles, that no magic, sensuality, experience or knowledge can lead him to a moment he would wish to last forever.
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The protagonist of Goethe's masterpiece has become one of the most enduring and well-known characters in Western literature. Faust, in his ambition, makes an arrangement with the devil Mephistopheles: Mephistopheles will do everything Faust desires while the alchemist lives, and in exchange, Faust will serve the devil in Hell after his death. The arrangement hinges on the catch that if Faust encounters a moment that he wishes will last forever, he will die in that moment. Narrator Tim Habeger's Faust is world-weary and cynical, and Habeger's low-key performance avoids theatrics, instead providing a solid interpretation of Goethe's work.

Publisher's Summary

Goethe's masterpiece and perhaps the greatest work in German literature, Faust has made the legendary German alchemist one of the central myths of the Western world. Here indeed is a monumental Faust, an audacious man boldly wagering with the devil, Mephistopheles, that no magic, sensuality, experience or knowledge can lead him to a moment he would wish to last forever.

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    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 01-04-13
    Darwin8u Mesa, AZ, United States 01-04-13 Member Since 2011

    A part-time buffoon and ersatz scholar specializing in BS, pedantry, schmaltz and cultural coprophagia.

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    "Naught more absurd in this world can I find ..."

    ... Than is a devil who despairs.

    Sitting on the shelf with the children of Homer, Virgil, Dante, Shakespeare, Milton and Coleridge, Goethe's Faust is amazing in its poetry and depth. There are parts of this play/poem which seem to capture the whole drama of Man's fall and redemption within a single rhyming couplet.

    David Constatine's translation modernizes this amazing piece of High German lit, but George Madison Priest's translation (THIS translation) seems, at least to me, to have a more seductive flow and more tempting poetry. Tim Habager's rnarration flirts with Priest's translation with a musical, clear and headlong force.

    13 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    Beasley Chelsea, MI 01-14-14
    Beasley Chelsea, MI 01-14-14
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    "Great work, decent translation, poor narration"
    What did you love best about Faust?

    This is such a deep, architectonic work for Western civilzation -- and at the same time filled with wonderful humor. Goethe was a master.


    What didn’t you like about Tim Habeger’s performance?

    It was laborious and monotonic. I can understand that there would be difficulties dealing with the poem's meter and rhyme, but frequently I had the sense that he hadn't practiced and was just reading it through for the first time -- strange, misplaced pauses, inadequate differentiation of mood and tone. The reading did nothing to illuminate the text -- quite the opposite.


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    Carin Cannell Yuma, AZ United States 06-14-13
    Carin Cannell Yuma, AZ United States 06-14-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Lifeless performance of a classic - waste of time!"
    What did you love best about Faust?

    Faust is Faust, there's rich character in the exchanges.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I love the story, I didn't like anything at all about this performance of it, except that it was an excellent sleep-aid.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Quite monotone, listless pace. He has a great voice but the performance he gave here was not easy to endure.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No


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