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Irrungen Wirrungen Free read · 5 Ô Die Geschichte spielt im Berlin der 1870er Jahre Die hübsche und pflichtbewusste Lene wohnt mit ihrer alten Pflegemutter Nimptsch in einem kleinen Häuschen Bei einer Bootspartie lernt sie den gesellschaftlich gewandten und unterhaltsamen Baron Botho von Rienäcker kennen Im Laufe des Sommers kommen sich die beidLeinen Häuschen Bei einer Bootspartie lernt sie den gesellschaftlich gewandten und unterhaltsamen Baron Botho von Rienäcker kennen Im Laufe. This novella is a classic for sure Not much action a slice of life treating of the springsummer affair of a working class seamstress Lene and a feckless aristocratic cavalryman Baron Botho von Rienäcker set in the 1870s Each is in love with the other but each is bound by the class strictures of those days and so chooses to remain in it Botho marries a rich young lady to save his family estate and Lene knows they should part a hint is given when on an overnight trip together Lene sees the pictures in their hotel room and can't read the English inscription; she realizes he is untouchable as marriage material She does marry a worthy man of her class and Botho suffers in his suffocating marriage with the empty headed Käthe When a friend comes to Botho for advice on a situation similar to Botho's own he is advised although it might bring pain it is best to stay in his class At the time it was written it was considered risué In the author's descriptions Berlin of that time comes to life and he is a master of dialogue inner and outer bringing out the character of his protagonists This was unforgettable; I don't understand the GR low ratings This was a respite from the exciting action packed gory book I just finished and maybe I was in the mood for something uietMost highly recommended

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Die Geschichte spielt im Berlin der 1870er Jahre Die hübsche und pflichtbewusste Lene wohnt mit ihrer alten Pflegemutter Nimptsch in einem k. I'm not sure if something so poignant can be delightful isn't that terribly hard hearted of me to take delight in the vagaries of love the tangled paths of the title that end in the thicket of sensible but unsatisfactory marriages For as Jan Maat acutely points out in his review Fontane is not Hardy Berlin is not Wessex no one will die but they will get to be unhappy Except for Käthe Botho's socially acceptable rich wife who's too silly to ever be unhappyBut it's Fontane's spellbinding artistry that delights There is a charming intimacy to this novel we sit next to Lene and Botho eavesdropping on their conversations with close friends family companions in the military We read their letters their postcards Listen to Botho chat to the driver of his carriage The narrator is almost absent and we do not miss or need him because we are right there when Lene sensible discreet and decent Lene whose only failing is that she has to earn her living by the skill of her needlework goes for a walk with Botho Baron von Reinäcker whose only failing is that he was brought up as a gentleman and therefore has no way of earning a living at all no skills whatsoever Well as he muses he knows his horses he can carve a capon and play cards so he would have the choice of working as a circus rider waiter or croupier And Botho Baron von Reinäcker is the last in a long line of profligate landowners thus he has no alternative but to marry moneyFontane needs to show us that Lene is a modest decent sort of lass She and Herr Baron cannot go gallivanting over the fields without a chaperone so along comes Frau Dörr whose greatest failing is the tendency to blether on without thinking much So we see Lene suirm and turn crimson as Frau Dörr first discovers some rejected sculptures on a midden heap and appeals to the Baron to decide whether they are angels or Amor Dropping that subject phew she turns to the fluffy seed heads of the poplar trees did you know Lene that they're using that nowadays to stuff mattresses Yes I know Well I wouldn't fancy that give me springs and horsehair any day that's what I like nice and bouncy Lene tries desperately to change the subject the weather surely that is as innocuous as you can get but no it's wet The damp attracts frogs and frogs attract the storkNothing if not delightfulAnother way to show us Lene's fine nature is in contrast with the coarseness of the demi mondaines brought along by Botho's soldier friends turning up unexpectedly surprise ruining the lovers' idyll with these brassy women one or two of whom might almost pass muster as ladies Look at those beautiful gloves so well fitting Fine until their young bearer notes that one of their buttons has come undone She does it up with her teeth Nothing if not delightfulWhich is why I suppose it IS so poignant delight as a foil to the bleakness beyond Das Herkommen bestimmt unser TunSocial background decides our fate Hasn't changed much then

Theodor Fontane Æ 5 Summary

Irrungen WirrungenDes Sommers kommen sich die beiden näher Doch der große Standesunterschied erweist sich als Hindernis für ihre Liebe Summary by Wikipedia. Theodor Fontane is generally considered to be the pinnacle of the realist novel in Germany something like the German euivalent of Balzac and Dickens There is one marked difference between his novels and that of his French and English counterparts though – Fontane’s novels lack any trace of the sensational novel and of melodrama that run so strongly through the work of the other two There never is much in the way of plot and even if characters die through suicide or in duels there is never really any sense of drama to it – even tragic events appear business as usual pieces of miscellaneous news on the last page of the morning paper whose perusal hardly raises an eyebrow Depending on the reader’s bias the resulting novels have been called true to life poetic or plain boring but for the most part Fontane is considered on of the most important German language writers of the late 19th century Irrungen Wirrungen fits uite well into this the common English translation of this title as “Trials and Tribulations” is uite far off the mark by the way ”Delusions Confusions” is much closer to the German original while “Entanglements” follows the spirit even as it strays from the letter The novel one of Fontane’s earlier ones does not have an antagonist does not even really have any conflict – it is about a pair of lovers separated by class petit bourgeois Lene and aristocratic Botho who spend some time together but then go on to marry someone appropriate to their social status In the end everyone just agrees to do the reasonable thing and while they might bear some regrets both of the novel’s protagonists see societal conventions as something that cannot be circumvented or rebelled against but only submitted to Even the reader is left behind wondering if this outcome isn’t the best for everyone concerned after allI used to intensely dislike Fontane; after struggling through two of his novels struggling to stay awake mostly I filed him under “terminally boring” and gave up on him It was somewhat to my surprise then that I not only felt the sudden urge to re read something by Fontane but also found myself actually enjoying it – I suppose this is an indication that I’m getting oldThe plot of Irrungen Wirrungen such as it is is almost reminiscent of Henry James with class barriers playing the part of the gap between the Old and the New World but the authorial temperaments of Fontane and James could hardly be different Where James constructs a hyper subtle extremely close third person point of view Fontane’s narrator is omniscient and his tone genial and conversational – the German word “gemütlich” nails it uite precisely evoking some kindly old grandfather figure sitting by the fireplace wrapped in a blanket and with his feet up telling stories from his life and times But as it turns out that congeniality is not really to be trusted – it masks just how relentless and without hope of escape a grip social conventions have on the novel’s protagonists As one of the novel’s minor figures Frau Dörr puts it in an entirely different context but the image seems clearly intended as an emblem for Prussian society in the late 19th century “It’s a swamp that just pretends to be a meadow”