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D forth of different modes of expression from plain objectiveness to subjective speculation from simple description to detailed analyses from personal emotional attachment to impersonal detachment the novel has also never really been a story that I could and would in any way label a personal favourite simply because I actually rather vehemently and personally despise so many of Theodor Fontane s featured his presented characters especially Effi s parents who both marry off their daughter to the highest bidder but rather disgustingly and worrisomely to the mother s former beau at that and then refuse to see their daughter for almost three years after the scandal after Effi s affair with von Crampas has become public knowledge only relenting when it is clear that she is close to death And yes with Effi s parents in particular I generally do seem to see the proverbial red for while the mother at least is willing to entertain the consideration of at least some culpability on her part the father seemingly never does never can considering his and his wife s possible and probable roles in the tragedy ein zu weites Feld too far a field Therefore while Effi Briest is indeed and in fact deservedly a classic and a brilliant literary achievement and a novel I have always much appreciated for its art for its literary merit and value the themes presented and the fact that most of the characters featured are majorly dysfunctional leave me livid and disgusted that a rather fleeting and in many ways rather insignificant small affair of the heart between Major von Crampas and Effi that was in fact for all intents and purposes really precipitated by Baron von Instetten ignoring and denigrating his young wife often leaving her feeling abandoned due to his societal obligations due to his career and his constant travels and absences that this ends up destroying Effi von Crampas and in many ways also von Instetten and all because of so called honour and glory Three and a half stars for Effi Briest and while I do highly recommend the novel I must nevertheless leave the caveat that I for one have not all that much enjoyed continuously reading about such problematic and dysfunctional characters and the honour system of Prussian nobility that basically devours and kills that basically ust makes and leaves hapless victims all around And further ust to say that I have also only ever read Effi Briest in German and thus do not feel that I can in any way make any comments as to the uality of potential English language translations but there do seem to be uite a few With Effi Briest Fontane delivered a wonderful social study about forced feelings social conventions and the conseuences of an outbreak of all constraints Briest is undeniably a classic of German literature and especially of civil realism social novels in the 19th century Effi Briest 1895 is an impressive work of Prussian realism and it s definitely classed as a tragic novel one may argue one of the best to come out of the 19th century The story is simple enough hardly uniue and been done with similarities many times over since Geert von Innstetten an ambitious nobleman and civil servant on the brink of middle age makes an uncontroversial marriage to Effi von Briest the 17 year old daughter of a former flame Innstetten takes her back to the town in Pomerania from which he runs the local administration A daughter Annie is born but Innstetten is keen to get on and leaves his young wife on her own where she falls prey to a cunning womaniser Major von Crampas Effi was never really fond of Crampas and the events that follow her early marriage start to take there toll She slowly turns from a spritely young girl to someone with heavy melancholy on their shoulders Once Innstetten gets wind of an affair he takes matters into

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own hands a deadly outcome Whilst a solitude Effi would decline in health with the added turmoil of bouts of despairTheodor Fontane based the story on a case he had read about in the newspapers and it s uite easy to see whilst reading that it could have happened you feel everything is so real Fontane was the supreme apologist for Prussian values and his heroes and villains are often drawn from the ranks of its modest but warlike suirearchy Innstetten is another Prussian type the altruistic bureaucrat As an old lady from Hamburg once told him We hated the Prussians but such a thing as a corrupt official would have been unthinkable then It is not ust the nobility that Fontane portrays Kessin is Swinem nde a port city in Poland where Fontane himself grew up and the novelist presents an affectionate tableau of provincial life in a Prussian seaside town And an old apothecary is also a portrait of Fontane s own father Effi is at the heart of the novel and it s hearts she is likely to break I felt for her plight deeplyShe Was Simply Too Young To simply too young to the situations presented before her Later on Effi succeeds in seeing her daughter this after she ends up living alone and is heartbroken to learn Annie has become a father s girl For the first and last time Effi looks at those around her as a curse but in the end she becomes part of the problem herself For Innstetten and Effi a sympathetic nature is shown for both and their destinies are set with seemingly no way out Fontane presents the story with superiority and captures life of this period so well Here is the problem though and it isn t with the novel itself but with the version I happened to read For some strange reason 90% of it s content was English language but words like the and then there those and this were left in German Also Effi had her name misspelled often as Lffi This didn t completely ruin the novel but it didn t help either spoiling in part what was a fine piece of writing I remember passionately identifying with Effi Briest when I was a young girl To me it was so obvious that you have to do what makes you FEEL right not what others THINK is right Telling establishment to go to hell secretly or not was a sign of inner independence Yes Conventional marriage bah humbug Follow your heart live your life your own way make your decisions accordinglyFast forward twenty five years later Do I still identify with Effi Yes And no Unfortunately my older self has come to believe that strong feelings are no guarantee for happiness either especially not the ones you engage in when you are a young teenager experiencing sexual love and desire for the first time Do I think Effi should try to live up to the expectations of her old conventional socially suitable husband then No What would I tell my younger Effi self if I had the chanceDon t marry young Try different things Explore life Choose a partner later when you are able to make a proper decision based both On Attraction And Common attraction and common Does that mean Effi Briest couldn t have got it right at all either way in her time and placeProbably It is hard enough now despite the incredible progress we have made regarding women s choice and freedomWould I like my daughter to identify with Effi Partially As a literary heroine she is as sweet as they get As a role model for young girls today uite unsuitable There must be not less rebellious oie de vivre in young women of the 21st century. Sellschaftsromans der wenige Jahre später mit Thomas Manns Roman Buddenbrooks erstmals Weltgeltung erlangen soll. Oper guidance something Culture can 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 m plagued by fear and shame too at my own duplicity But not shame at my guilt I don t feel that or not properly 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 the same time I realized that it wasn t so much as a lack of reaction on my part but rather a renunciation of effect on its giving off a controlled muteness which it keenly achieves Effi Briest does not seek to protest to stir the emotion or impart a profound 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 udgmental attitude to human weakness this great novel offers an inner uiet that 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 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 of principals her husband gets to marry somebody who he thinks presumably is Dreamland. Adventures in the Strange Science of Sleep just like her mother who he had wanted to marry twenty years earlier and Major Crampas gets to die in combatust as he always wantedSocial StrictureFontane prefers to tell simple stories and Effi Briest is no exception The plot 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 pinned to the pageTheir world shifts from the secure to the claustrophobicview spoiler as indeed one might expect life to be inside the killing The Food Explorer The True Adventures of the Globe Trotting Botanist Who Transformed the American Dinner Table jar hide spoiler Fontane 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 proceedings and further challenged Hartwich to a duel view spoilerThe real Elisabeth reached the grand old age of 98 Effi does not hide spoiler While Theodor Fontane s 1896 novel Effi Briest is definitely and withustification considered a classic and as such a masterpiece of German poetic realism the author s and with that also of course the narrator s at times overtly critical textual distance which when it materialises does tend to feel and read rather like an emotionless critical analysis also renders Effi Briest and by extension author Theodor Fontane himself as somewhat a literary midwife to the development of the 20th century Gesellschaftsroman the novel of society of stories like Thomas Mann s Buddenbrooks prose fiction which not only shows and tells about scenarios situations happenings but also and actually often first and foremost analyses and discusses these And indeed Thomas Mann himself always did consider Theodor Fontane and his oeuvre but especially his Effi Briest a major and personal literary influence so much so that it is now pretty well taken as a given that even the name of the family described in Buddenbrooks that the name Buddenbrooks itself was actually taken from a family name first encountered by Mann in Fontane s Effi BriestNow many critics seem both happy and even rather eager to simply lump Theodor Fontane s Effi Briest together with Gustave Flaubert s Madame Bovary and to claim that Effi Briest is like the former also and primarily basically mainly a novel of adultery an account of a woman behaving very very badly although it is true that in both novels Emma and Effi are in fact and true that in both novels Emma and Effi are in fact and also shown as both being victims However I for one have NEVER considered the main protagonist have never considered Effi Briest to be even remotely akin and alike to Flaubert s Emma Bovary For while one can I guess agree with the statement that both Effi and Emma do engage in a an adulterous affair Effi Briest is always or at least in my humble opinion depicted by Fontane as being pretty much a total and absolute victim a naive young teenager used by both her family her parents and then her husband and later 19th century gentrified Prussian society for their pleasure their honour their social status no matter if this might harm her no matter if this might psychologically and spiritually devastate and even kill her while Emma Bovary really is somene who not only actively and very much knowingly consciously engages in adultery but then also with eual calculation poisons herself although she is in fact pretty much aware that her husband still very much loves her and that her death would majorly traumatise him is therefore both active and also intensely and willfully calculatingly adulterous and yes also at times uite nasty than Effi Briest is ever shown as really in any way beingAnd albeit that Emma Bovary might in fact and actually indeed be somewhat portrayed by Flaubert as a victim of society as well of the dictates of society she also does very much and in my opinion deliberately and actively create her own victims and her willful suicide by arsenic leaves a husband who still seems to very much love her despite everything in abject agony But Effi Briest well in my opinion she is always pretty much simply and only featured by Fontaine as a sad victim naive a bit spoiled not all that highly educated perhaps but first and foremost as a sad victim naive a bit spoiled not all that highly educated perhaps but first and foremost innocent child someone who is married off as a teenager and by her own parents to Baron von Instetten and really ONLY for societal reasons for it is very clearly and I think always demonstrated by the author that Baron von Instetten does not in any way truly love or in any ways attempt to understand his young wife and sees Effi primarily as a marriage trophy as a means for making his status in society glowing and shining And although Effi should perhaps should likely not have allowed herself to be seduced by Major von Crampas it is he who actually and deliberately engages in the act of seduction in the first place it is he who is the original mover and shaker the person who with knowledge of what he is doing what he is engaging in starts the proverbial ball rolling to its sad and tragic conclusions with both his death and later Effi s death as the resultNow finally although I have always considered Theodor Fontane s Effi Briest to be both thematically and stylistically superb I love the back an. Distanz mit großer schriftstellerischer Eleganz und ist zugleich ein bedeutender Geburtshelfer des deutschen Ge. ,

This is one of the most important works of German poetic realism Fontane employs his trademark uiet and elegic tone and uxtaposes it with the tragic story of 17 year old Effi who is forced to marry a much older man during the Wilhelmine Period the story was first serialized in a magazine and then published in book form in 1896 As the book is conceptualized as a b rgerlicher Gesellschaftsroman so a novel that talks about the s and manners of the bourgeoisie it is the lack of expressive sentiment and dramatic overflow that makes this tale so uncomfortable to read Fontane is pointing out that what he describes ie that women have to oblige and obey no matter the cost is the norm and while the way the story unfolds underlines that these conventions result in unhappiness and pain there is no mistaking that these are common phenomena that are accordingly discussed in an even rather unaffected toneEffi has grown up in a wealthy household she is an otherworldly young girl who doesn t know much about life While she is curious and longing for adventure in a core scene Fontane shows her on a swing reachings dangerous heights she has no outlet for her energy as she is not expected to have interests or ambitions Effi is expected to be an obedient wife and to raise children Along comes 38 year old baron von Innstetten her parents marry her off and as Effi is not a rebel she tries to conform and fight her own character but of course tragedy unfolds The fact that Effi is not a modern day feminist hero is a challenge for contemporary readers Effi is looking for a place for herself in the society she knows she has no role models that could convey alternative lifestyle choices and a lot of what happens to her goes over her head because she is lacking experience and knowledge which is not her fault her curiosity and passion have always been labelled as negative So while Effi is a product of her time and might also have some personal flaws what happens to her is still a shocking illustration of late 19th century morals Apart from that Fontane s poetic style in the book had a huge impact on other writers namely Thomas Mann whose Buddenbrooks was partly inspired by Effi Briest there is also a minor character in the book who is called Buddenbrook A great book that reuires the reader to dive into a very foreign mindset also for modern Germans and shines with its uiet poetic impact This is one of those classics of German literature that I enjoyed reading much after graduating from university where reading such great literature was reuired forced rushed and dissected until its beauty was no longer visible It s a book I might soon enjoy reading a third time and maybe even give it another star I am giving another of Fontane s greats Der Stechlin an identical review 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 position 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 protagonists in graphic detail whereas Fontane only alludes to it almost as an afterthought He focuses on the reasons behind the event the influences of society and class and the impact that seemingly small transgressions have on individuals and the people around themI Loved This Novel And Felt this novel and felt Strong Connection With The Charactrler connection with the charactrler 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 proverbial cannon It tells the story of a young woman who yields at everything thrown her way from her Marriage To A Much Older to a much older 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 playful imagination It is treated like a ghost to be wary of always alluded to but never explicitly confirmed Not until the last few 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 into perspective from the generational 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 their personalities that miscommunication is often the result Their relationship can be seen as symbolizing the conflict between nature and culture She was a person of her 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 about principles 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 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 certain point in life much like Innstentten you become grounded in culture and norms thus your obligations take priority over your inclinations Culture especially through education does much good if pursued with an appropriately human and flexible emphasis It should aim to harness our nature and help it reach the utmost potential to express itself and manifest fully a distilled version better euipped to deal with the 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 without pr. Effi Briest ist Höhe und Wendepunkt des poetischen Realismus der deutschen Literatur Der Roman vereint kritische. Effi Briest