E.T.A. Hoffmann Ì 3 eviewN he meets is either a spotless saint or a tempting demon or both but only in a troubling back and forth of actions and attitudesThe narrative is as crazy and disorienting as I m making it sound but it s also told in such a matter of fact and logical way that it becomes oneiric in the later modernist tradition of Kafka and Bruno Schulz The text s abrupt weirdnesses told in such a deadpan fashion are eally disarming at first Everything that happens in the story keeps coming back around each event gets experienced then explained and then sometimes Stuff Matters: Exploring the Marvelous Materials That Shape Our Man-Made World re experienced ande explained Die mechanischen Kinder reviewed from other point of view then interpreted wholly differently than what I took from the narrative s first presentation of it The narrative is therefore crazy and engrossing and wickedly clever Perhaps it s a bit long andepetitious even tedious for an impatient eader but I myself enjoyed every startling event eplay explanation and Aufsatze!: Essays Zur Poetik, Literatur Und Kunst re explanation as part of the novel s pointed attempt to demonstrate the absurdity of absolute truth of judgements and of eitheror logic in general Without objectiveeality everything is an endless parade of ever changing Anna Goeldin - The Last Witch re evaluations noOf course the subtext and I assume inspiration for this novel is Matthew Lewis s English Gothic masterpiece The Monk I loved this variation however because of it s much philosophical theme and its explosion of the confines of the genre into something so modern and so much weirder than any Gothicomance that preceded it Nice to know that only Gothic as a genre and perhaps Sterne s satire was able to predict the most original techniues to come of 20th century literature Also with its invocation of the holy icontemptress Aurelie The Devil s Elixirs felt like a kind of missing link between Matthew Lewis and Gerard de Nerval as his 19th century oneiric fantasies this is beginning to Ejercito y Milicias En El Mundo Colonial Americano read like a list of my favorite late 19th and early 20th century authorsI had no idea E T A Hoffmann had written anything other than tales until uiteecently and I m so pleased I discovered this Can t wait now to Power Engineering: Advances and Challenges Part B: Electrical Power read his other novel which is much highly touted than this one The Life and Opinions of Tomcat Murr I find it hard to wax lyrically about The Devil s Elixirs by ETA Hoffmann and will keep thiseview short by my standards The story is about a monk called Medardus who is given trust over a Confidentiel défense relic which is an elixir given to St Anthony by the Devil Naturally Medardus is unable toesist trying out the elixir and from this point onwards the story gets muddledMedardus is of course corrupted by the elixir and it is difficult to tell how much of the emaining story is down to insanity and how "much OF IT REALLY HAPPENED HE IMITATES it eally happened He imitates wicked Count who "of it From Muslim to Christian Granada: Inventing a City's Past in Early Modern Spain really happened He imitates a wicked Count who imitating a monk and who may be his half brother and he murders the wife and son of the household while falling in love with the daughter From there he moves from place to place pursued by his doppelganger and unable to escape the daughterTo be honest I struggled to follow most of theest of the story and could not muster A mad monk pursues a saintly beautiful woman only to be himself pursuedThis story was inspired by The Monk the early Gothic classic but not exactly A Bright Montana Sky riff Hoffmann tells the tale from the monk s point of view as he stalks an ideal young young woman Meanwhile he accidentally kills a man which sets in motion such a chain of events that it makes a modern suspense novel seem straightforward Hitchcockian before there was Hitchcock and lots sophisticated than the original tale Look to this story for theoots to the suspense genre and the Jekyll and Hyde trope even American PsychoUnfortunately a lot of the tools Hoffmann used to tell the tale were clunky at best in full on Gothic mode slow and dull and weirdly out of order so tension is only built up after the fact and it s only in the last few chapters that the story begins to pay off One of the major conflicts is summed up It s weirdA modern book written by a man of genius who wasn t uite able to invent a new genre and perfect it too Five for plot and three for executionRecommended for Pancreatic Cancer: A Patient and His Doctor Balance Hope and Truth readers looking to theoots of Hitchcockian suspense and eaders of Gothics who are able to make some allowances. Our continuing commitment to the preservation of printed works worldwide We appreciate your understanding of the imperfections in the preservation process and hope you enjoy this valuable bo. .
Make a good companion piece The overriding theme though is the identity confusion over the main character As other Abu Telfan: Or, the Return from the Mountains of the Moon, Tr. by S. Delffs reviewers have noted it gets pretty confusing though it onlyeally gets confusing when Hoffmann attempts to explain all the previous shenanigansha hahe goes back several generations which all seem to involve sons brothers half brothers who very often have the same Christian names Now I ealise that for some people this would be too disconcerting however I love it This is the life story of the Capuchin monk Medardus written by his own hand When exactly the story is set is not told probably sometime in the early 18th century In his monastery Medardus finds a mystical bottle that contains the titular elixir of the Devil I think I don t say too much when I tell that he takes a sip from that bottle His further life is filled with visions insanity murder sin wickedness lust epentance and all of the Rainer Maria Rilke: Gesammelte Werke (German Edition) rest the ecclesiastical vocabulary has to offer It s not always easy for theeader to decide what is eal and what only happens in the mind of the monk because there are auditory and visual hallucinations galore in this novel It s obviously the author s intention to leave the eader in the dark about this until the end While eading I assumed that Medardus suffers from a degenerative mental disorder probably something from "the broad spectrum of schizophrenia Those diseases were still unknown at the time the story is set "broad spectrum of schizophrenia Those diseases were still unknown at the time the story is set were attributed to the temptations of the eternal adversary aka the Devil For the author ETA Hoffmann however the field of psychiatry was apparently not unknown Therefore the scenes in which the monk goes mad belong to the strongest ones in the book Not that strong was the unnecessary complex history of the family Even in the end I wasn t fully able to comprehend it Also the somewhat complicated sentence structure was something that bothered me here and there Basically I have nothing against long sentences as long as they flow nicely which unfortunately they didn t in this case The book was published in 1815 and I think the early 19th century German fits the ather dark story pretty well All in all I found the book too long but I never meant to abandon it Is it worth Taking to the Streets: The Transformation of Arab Activism reading Yes but with someeservationsFree version available on zenoorg This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 30 Unported License Western civilization since Aristotle I guess anyway he s often blamed for it has long been obsessed with meliorativepejorative dichotomies good and bad ight and wrong sin and virtue love and lust you and me While perhaps semi useful in some situations of thought it appears that the complexities of life and Culture Were Deemed By were deemed by culture somewhat complex and freuently a gradation of possibilities that a series of eitheror propositions some centuries ago I took The Devil s Elixirs thematically as an exploration of what happens when one tries to live such false dichotomies No one is perfect or totally evil wholly a sinner or a saint all of us human beings are of course mostly waffling or wallowing in the grey area in between the two extremes which are not even completely mutually exclusive concepts either To live a false dichotomy then is to be split in two and you get the great occidental doppelganger narrative Conrad s The Secret Sharer Dostoevsky s The Double and Hoffmann s The Devil s Elixirs The logic seems to be that I can only be one or the other but if I find I am at different times both then there must be two of me maybe Maybe it s also my models my ancestors my mentors look at how many of me there are I m practically an infinite number of peopleEvil twins parallel narratives and generations of characters with the same names epeating endless variations of similar stories proliferate in this wild and wildly Men of Empire: Power and Negotiation in Venice's Maritime State recounted first person narrative of a mad or perhaps so utterly sane he s actually telling the truth monk named Medardus or maybe Viktorin Medardus not only has similar mentors andole models but a double or perhaps alter ego or maybe he s only a similar looking half brother His own bifurcations get projected on the outside world as well wherein every woma. 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It s not you it s meThe plot itself is uite fascinating My mocking status updates might not have conveyed that very well but it is a Gothic novel you don t Bazaars, Conversations Freedom really ask foreason and logic in those there s simply lots of doomed love Doppelganger and Very Dark Secrets However the writing style wasn t my cup of tea It was verywordy It felt like you could have cut out at least a third of it and it wouldn t have made any difference It didn t add to the atmosphere which was admittedly uite creepy the characters or anything The only To Russia with Love: An Alaskan's Journey result that aftereading 10 15 pages my thoughts started wandering off I missed half of the story and when there was some big Punk Pedagogies in Practice reveal I was all What did just happen and had to leaf back toe Student Movements for Multiculturalism: Challenging the Curricular Color Line in Higher Education readDNF at about 23 but I did look up the end on wikipedia soyeah I did want to know what happens next but not deperately enough to finish it The Devil s Elixir is a first person narrative of the life of the Capuchin monk Medardus full of sin murder mystery doppelganger love lust andeligious frency It s dark and fairytale esk Dreams and Confessions of an Unlikely Runner: A Guide to Racing and Obstacle Courses for the Averagely Fit and Halfway Dedicated reality are often intertwined very cleverly and I have to admit sometimes too clever for me so it felt sometimes nearly incomprehensible to which the writing style added a lot Also the female figures felt very stereotypical and shallow in their characterisation On the other hand one of the supportingoles a barber was uite enjoyable Ann Radcliffe drops a tab of acidThat s how this novel length tale from Hoffmann People Papers reads A mad gothicomp of murder mystery mistaken identity Lauter alte Akten. Den von Formularen geplagten Zeitgenossen zum Trost, zur Belehrung und Erheiterung religious frenzy mania bizarre barbers satanic legacies and Despite being nearly incomprehensible plot wise attempting to work out the intricacies of the labyrinthine plot alongside the myriad number of characters would take you months this is a greatly enjoyable albeitidiculous take on the gothic novelApparently Hoffmann was greatly inspired by Lewis The Monk which I am still yet to Cannibal Encounters: Europeans and Island Caribs, 1492–1763 read Not my favourite by Hoffmann but wortheading if you enjoy gothic literature or bizarre tales Difficult to summarise but a very fast ead The Devil s Elixirs is a psychedelic novel of the 19th century with all the elements of the Gothic genre sinful monks damesels in distress madness mystery and supernatural elements This is the best book I ve ead in a while and one I d like to Berlin Cabaret read again in the future See of my bookeviews on my blog Literary FlitsLabyrinthine is certainly the word for the plot of this dark mystery Its narrative snakes around sometimes circling sometimes doubling back on itself so I was often absolutely bewildered as to whether I was following Medardus or his doppelganger yet The Devil s Elixirs keeps up an excellent pace throughout so I found it A GRIPPING READ IN FACT CONSIDERING gripping Ragana ir lietus read In fact considering novel is now over two hundred years old there is aemarkable lack of superfluous chat and diversions I guess even Hoffmann had to keep his mind on the journey or he would have lost the thread himselfNarrated in the first person by Medardus an ambitious young man who is prone to vanity and pomposity The Devil s Elixirs could be set in pretty much any time period from the mid medieval until its actual time of writing It has a kind of timeless dark fairytale uality and I was Beasts and Savages reminded of my teenage Dennis Wheatleyeading phase I wouldn t be surprised to learn that Wheatley had Beebo Brinker read Hoffmann I loved supportingoles such as the irrepressible "Italian barber dwarf Belcampo and the Prince who flits from fad to fad in order "barber dwarf Belcampo and the Prince who flits from fad to fad in order keep himself entertained The female characters are perhaps unsurprisingly for a book of this vintage less convincing and their only being seen though Medardus eyes The Future of the Public University in America: Beyond the Crossroads renders them too stereotypically for my 21st century tastes essentially mother figures or temptress virgins However if you can get past The Devil s Elixirseflecting social standards of two centuries ago and not ju Wow I ve Manual of Forensic Science: An International Survey read uite a bit of Hoffmann now but I wasn t uite prepared for this It s actually less manic than some of his short stories but it has all of his usual obsessions identity confusion supernatural beings coincidences hallucinatoryamblings murder lust etcI generally prefer his darker material such as the Sandman to which this would. This is a Das Vermächtnis des Rings: Neue fantastische Geschichten J. R. R. Tolkien zu Ehren reproduction of a book published before 1923 This book may have occasional imperfections such as missing or blurred pages poor pictures errant marks etc that were either part of th.