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Book Title: On Tangled Paths|
The author of the book: Theodor Fontane
Edition: Angel Books
Date of issue: October 28th 2010
ISBN 13: 9780946162772
Format files: PDF
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Du liebst mich und bist mir treu...Aber wegfliegen wirst du, das seh ich klar und gewiss. Du wirst es müssen. Es heißt immer, die Liebe mache blind, aber sie macht auch hell und fernsichtig" (p34)
Fontane in his later novels reminds me of the story of the fish who was able to be silent in many languages (view spoiler)[ there not much more to that story as you imagine (hide spoiler)] he develops a mastery of saying almost nothing, his novels come close to having no plot, incident is scorned, a device fit only for childish taste. Instead the pages scream with the intensity of suggestion, implication, the inevitable that the reader knows for themselves. The downside of moments of oneness with Fontane is that all other art looks like the adventures of five year olds at a funfair in the midst of a sugar rush who've just caught sight of a candy floss stall, or if you prefer a band of blue behinded monkeys intent on aping about. Instead this is literature as insight, as sympathy, as being beside a character, the effect is curiously intense considering the author generally succeeds in avoiding his characters doing anything much beyond eating and walking in a garden.
At first I wondered were in particular we were not going in his book, it took a few chapters to see, young Baron, a serving lieutenant income annually 9,000, outgoings 12,000 has liaison with sensible young woman of low social class, while he corrects her spelling mistakes, she has a better understanding of mathematics and admits to the inevitably temporary nature of their otherwise happy relationship. At this then I wonder, ok, its plain what will happen, but how will they react?
(view spoiler)[Wenn unsre märkischen Leute sich verheiraten, so reden sie nicht von Leidenschaft und Liebe, sie sagen nur:'ich muss doch meine Ordnung haben.' Und das ist ein schöner Zug im Leben unsres Volks und nicht einmal prosaisch. Denn Ordnung ist viel und mitunter alles. Und nun frag ich mich, war mein Leben in der 'Ordnung'? Nein. Ordnung ist Ehe. (p 102) The Baron observes to himself. Well Ordnung muss sein. And the two without passion or love (view spoiler)[ this a real spoiler (view spoiler)[ nor prospect of them, ever (hide spoiler)] (hide spoiler)] enter into separate marriages (hide spoiler)]. In that process, which I've hidden in spoilers even though it was mathematically inevitable, there is a great meta textual moment as a new potential spouse finds out about their future partner's Romantic past and one gets to see the difference between Berlin and Wessex. Theodore Fontane is not Thomas Hardy. No one gets to die(view spoiler)[ apart from those who do (hide spoiler)], but everyone can get to be unhappy, but at least socially correct, which is the main thing, lead us not into temptation, let us not violate social norms.
Fontane spent some fours years, presumably not continuously (view spoiler)[one must allow for coffee breaks (hide spoiler)], writing this novel which shows in how after a moment's thought, even the smallest details reflect the central theme. Literature with a capital 'L' and no missing letters. One could cry over the artisan's skill shown here in the crafting of the novel, the fine sanding down of the details, the choice of the original timber.
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Read information about the authorTheodor Fontane (1819 – 1898) was a German novelist and poet, regarded by many to be the most important 19th-century German-language realist writer.
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