Theodor Fontane ´ 3 readFontane wasn t terribly good at making stuff up He tended to take real life incidents to seed his imagination In this case the model for Effi Briest was Elisabeth von Plotho whose affair with a local magistrate Emil Hartwich became serious enough for them to consider divorcing their respective spouses until Elisabeth s husband Armand L on von Ardenne became suspicious broke
open Elisabeth s secret stash of love letters used them in evidence in his own divorce roceedings and furtherElisabeth s secret stash of love letters used them in evidence in his own divorce roceedings and further Hartwich to a duel view spoilerThe real Elisabeth reached the grand old age of 98 Effi does not hide spoiler This was uit different from British classics which I normally readFirst of all most of it was subtle and less dramatic It is about an unhappy marriage but it s neither terrible nor abusive it s just flawed both husband and wife are actually to a certain extent nice and likeable eople even if they have their issues Also there was no assionate adoration for a lover or other clich s everything was really toned down and felt realistic like similar things could have happened to everyone This subtlety was kind of abandoned when a certain discovery is made and Geert chose to do something just because It wasn t totally unbelievable it just bugged
me that even he knew it was a stupid idea but did it nonethelessHowever I really liked the charactersthat even he knew it was a stupid idea but did it nonethelessHowever I really liked the characters were interesting and stood out to me compared to characters from other classic novels they had great dialogs with only some bordering on being too trivial Effie changes noticably while in the beginning she reminded me of Anne of Green Gables the whole book was far from this association later on The way marriage and engagement were ortrayed was uniue to me How Effi was supposed to love her fianc she has seen once and exchanged a few letters with how sudden the engagement was and the little insights she letters with how sudden the engagement was and the little insights she into her marriage and her feelings were unexpected and fascinating I adored the ending The outcome of classics has been hit or miss for me this year leaving me often feeling that I wasn t sure if they were supposed to make me happy I knew exactly how to feel about this one and the final few words Effi s The Catechism of the Council of Trent parents say are justerfectI also fangirled a little since this book is set very close to were I live by the way D German novelist Thomas Mann said that if he could only have six novels on his bookshelf Effi Briest would be one of them Effi Briest 1896 Theodore Fontane s Realist novel tells the story of seventeen year old Effi her arranged marriage to a much older man her youthful almost innocent mistake of being seduced into adultery and her tragic fall from grace and from her osition in society Effi Briest has been compared to Madam Bovary and Anna Karenina because of it s subject matter but it is much subtle than either of these classics Tolstoy and Flaubert described the adulterous acts of their rotagonists in graphic detail whereas Fontane only alludes to it almost as an afterthought He focuses on the reasons behind the event the influences of soc. Telling the tragic tale of a socially advantageous but emotionally ruinous match Theodor Fontane's Effi Briest is translated from the German by Hugh Rorrison with an introduction by Helen Chambers in Penguin ClassicsUnworldly young Effi Briest is married off to Baron von Innstetten an austere and ambitious civil servant twice her age who has little time for his new wife Isolated and bored Effi finds comfort and distraction in a brief liaison with Major Crampas a married man with a dangerous reputation But years later when Effi has. Iety and class and the impact That Seemingly Small Transgressions Have seemingly small transgressions have individuals and the eople around themI loved this novel and felt a strong connection with the charactrler Effi This is definitely one of those overlooked and under appreciated classics 45 stars Subtlety is an art form rarely seen in our era We live in a time where bombastic loud and graphic compete for our senses But does one really need that much noise and glamor in order to captivate Are we really that inattentive Theodore Fontane s Effi Briest is the rare novel that exercises graceful restraint yet echoes than the roverbial cannon It tells the story of a young woman who yields at everything thrown her way from her marriage to a much older man life in a backwater town and eventually to a lover Then when the curtain drops she accepts her dreadful fate without complaint her life they very epitome of resignation What s curious about this novel though is that the adulterous act is never so much as depicted It goes on for a while in the background with little hints here and there but the reader can be inclined to attribute it to layful imagination It is treated like a ghost to be wary of always alluded to but never explicitly confirmed Not until the last few Davids Sling pages is the suspicion set and the heavy feeling substantiated It creeps slowly silently and hovers like smog disguised as a mist mingling the spirits of trust and guilt There are so many lives that aren t real lives so many marriages that aren t real marriages Effi s marriage to her husband Innstentten who was nearly the age of her father can be considered the seed of her misfortune Putting things intoerspective from the generational Reality Hunger: A Manifesto. David Shields psychological and even social standpoints there was such a wide chasm between them and this was further amplified by the great difference in their educational experience It was such a doomed affair from the start that no matter how accommodating one is to the other there is too great a difference in theirersonalities that miscommunication is often the result Their relationship can be seen as symbolizing the conflict between nature and culture She
Was A Person Ofa Learner Strategies in Language Learning person of whims following her vain thoughts like a stream flowing through the recesses and cracks she finds going whenever the current takes her and so she drifted into an affair while as a civil servant and minister he cared aboutrinciples and social conventions and so once he discovered the affair even long after it ended he could not stop himself from going through his uest for reparation even if he wanted to keep the whole thing secret and knew that he longed to forgive his wife because he loved her still Using realism as his tool Fontane shows the whole absurdity of the matter He examines the Dangerously Placed proclivities of nature and how culture can stunt its development It also looks at the role of age in the whole affair the youth like Effi are always inclined to follow their nature and fancies but as one ages and reaches a certainoint in life much like Innstentten you become grounded in. Almost forgotten her affair the secret returns to haunt her with fatal conseuences In taut ironic Just Destiny prose Fontane depicts a world where sexuality and the will to enjoy life are stifled by vainretences of civilization and the obligations of circumstance Considered to be his greatest novel this is a humane unsentimental Paradise Run portrait of a young woman torn between her duties as a wife and mother and the instincts of her heartHugh Rorrison's clear modern translation is accompanied by an introduction by Helen Chambers which compares Effi wit. Culture and norms thus your obligations takeriority over your inclinations Culture especially through education does much good if ursued with an appropriately Human And Flexible Emphasis It and flexible emphasis It aim to harness our nature and help it reach the utmost otential to express itself and manifest fully a distilled version better euipped to deal with the Help Me, Jacques Cousteau pressures of life However it fails in its function if it becomes an instrument of repression which eliminate the freedom of thought and the scope of imagination instead of facilitating them killing the buds that bloom into one s natural voice and words On the other side when nature is given reigns unchecked withoutroper guidance something Culture can Dignity Rising 1: Gefesselte Seelen provide then it can only lead to irresponsible ruin In Effi s case sadly the contrasting of these two facets was her bane when its harmony would have been her salvation Yes I mlagued by fear and shame too at my own duplicity But not shame at my guilt I don t feel that or not roperly or not enough and that s what s crushing me the fact that I don t feel it Immediately after finishing this novel I uestioned myself what about it was the most striking fragment and I was at a
loss The whole thing seemed uite underwhelming buried in all its subtleness yet at theThe whole thing seemed uite underwhelming buried in all its subtleness yet at the time I realized that it wasn t so much as a lack of reaction on my art but rather a renunciation of effect on its giving off a controlled muteness which it keenly achieves Effi Briest does not seek to Oracle R12 Applications DBA Field Guide protest to stir the emotion or impart arofound lesson It aims for one thing realism true unaffected and often silent It asks us to think our own thoughts and see it in a light that shines brightest for "us Offering warmth of human understanding and a non judgmental attitude to human weakness this great novel offers an inner uiet "Offering warmth of human understanding and a non judgmental attitude to human weakness this great novel offers an inner uiet can only be interpreted as the highest form of respect accorded to its readers to our nature Stand in the breach and hold the line till you fall that s the best thing And before you go get as much as Wie war das noch? Schulwissen, neu aufpoliert possible out of the smallest things of life the smallest of all This is a book in which everybody gets what they wanted whether they like it or notThe eponymous heroine gets to marry a man ofrincipals her husband gets to marry somebody who he thinks Hidden Boundaries presumably is just like her mother who he had wanted to marry twenty years earlier and Major Crampas gets to die in combat just as he always wantedSocial StrictureFontanerefers to tell simple stories and Effi Briest is no exception The lot is very simple and loosely based on a true story the strength of the story is in the author s craftsmanship Every detail seems to count and becomes meaningful A simple tale of the breakdown of a marriage illustrates a small minded and self destructive culture As in Die Poggenpuhls members of the upper classes are like so many colourful butterflies caught in Fontane s net and inned to the Gods Callgirl pageTheir world shifts from the secure to the claustrophobicview spoiler as indeed one might expect life to be inside the killing jar hide spoiler. H other literary heroines such as Emma Bovary and Anna KareninaTheodor Fontane 1819 98 was a German novelist andotitical reporter Along with Effi Briest Fontane is remembered for Frau Jenny Treibel 1892 an ironic criticism of middle class hypocrisy and small mindednessIf you enjoyed Effi Briest you may like Leo Tolstoy's Anna Karenina also available in Penguin Classics'I have been haunted by it as I am by those novels that seem to do than they say to induce strong emotions that can't uite be accounted for' Hermione Lee Sunday Tim.