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Der Weg ins Freie review ↠ 3 Ù ❰PDF / Epub❯ ✅ Der Weg ins Freie Author Arthur Schnitzler – George von Wergenthin sat at table uite alone to day His elder brother Felician had chosen to dine out with friends for the first time after a longish interval But George felt no particular inclinatio George voMonths ago sit there only an hour back as he visualised with great clearness the very slightest mannerisms of the dead man even down to his trick of pushing his coffee cup away adjusting his pince nez or turning over the leaves of a pamphlet George thought of one of his last conversations with his father which had occurred in the late spring before they had moved to the villa on the Veldeser Lake George had just then come back from Sicily where he had spent April with Grace on a melancholy and somewhat boring farewell tour before his mistress's final return to America He had done no real work for six months or and had not even copied out the plaintive adagio which he had heard in the plashing of the waves on a windy morning in Palermo as he walked along the beach George had played over the theme to his father and improvised on it with an exaggerated wealth of harmonies which almost swamped the original melody and when he had launched into a wildly modulated variation his father ha. Not a book for those who must like or identify with fictional characters nor for readers who reuire a 'proper' ie neat ending I struggled a bit with this novel It lacks action and I freuently wanted to shake George the main character but it would be unfair to criticise it for that because the novel has a wider purpose than entertaining diversion namely to fictionalise the struggles of a society failing to get to grips with social economic and political forces coming together to bring about its collapse Of course this means characters must stand for ideas weaknesses prejudices socioeconomic groups than flesh and blood people which brings a sense of distance that makes it hard to engage with them Or maybe the milieu they inhabit is just so alien to a modern reader it takes a while to connect to their story Anyway it is worth sticking with the novel The dialogue is excellent and the depiction of Viennese society staring into the abyss is very well done The novel then worked best for me as historical documentation from the pen of a writer who lived through one of those defining moments when everything changes Of course it is predominantly a male perspective The novel will definitely interest the student of late nineteenthearly 20th C European history and those who love Vienna and want to better their understanding of what has made the city we know today

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George von Wergenthin sat at table uite alone to day His elder brother Felician had chosen Der Weg PDFEPUB or to dine out with friends for the first time after a longish interval But George felt no particular inclination to renew his acuaintance with Ralph Skelton Count Schönstein or any of the other young people whose gossip usually afforded him so much pleasure for the time being he did not feel in the mood for any kind of society The servant cleared away and disappeared George lit a cigarette and then in accordance with his habit walked up and down the big three windowed rather low room while he wondered how it was that this very room which had for many weeks seemed to him so gloomy was now gradually beginning to regain its former air of cheerfulness He could not help letting his glance linger on the empty chair at the top end of the table over which the September sun was streaming through the open window in the centre He felt as though he had seen his father who had died two. The Road into the Open is at the most basic a coming of age story It centers upon the young Christian aristocratic Baron Georg Wegethin and the two worlds he inhabits the love affair with a Jewish middle class singer Anna Rosner; and the Jewish intellectuals and writers who attend the salon of the wealthy industrialists the EhrenbergsThe first uestion that came to my mind was why would Schnitzler a Jew present for his main character a non Jew only to have this character float around in the Viennese Jewish intellectual milieu not that dissimilar to the one Schnitzler himself was occupying at the time It became clear to me uickly Schnitzler wanted a character who could take no sides in the various uestions that the Jewish community was debating at that time Each character proposed a position on Jewish identity and since Wegenthin was not Jewish he could hear each point without having to take a stance; further since Wegenthin was an accepted genius composer albeit an indolent one he embodied the lofty intellectual artist ideal outside of politics and mundane life The mundane life wrapped up in the possible future with Anna whom he has impregnated and has to decide whether or not to marryHowever after reading Zweig a contemporary of Schnitzler I cannot say that Schitzler lives up to my ideal of engaged writing Zweig is much exact in capturing a psychological mood Yet Schnitzler does use his characters to good use they deliver philosophical ideas succinctly such as in this passage Sentimentality is something that stands in direct opposition to feeling something with which one compensates for one's lack of feeling one's inner coldness Sentimentality is a feeling that one has bought so to speak for the purchase price Road into the Open also captures Vienna in one of its most glorified and historically rich moments something all the history books I have read on this subject have not done as wellAnyway for an even better and involved review I recommend this link this

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Der Weg ins FreieD smilingly asked him from the other end of the piano Whither away whither away George had felt abashed and allowed the swell of the notes to subside and his father had begun a discussion about his son's future with all his usual affection but with rather than his usual seriousness This conversation ran through his mind to day as though it had been pregnant with presage He stood at the window and looked out The park outside was fairly empty An old woman wearing an old fashioned cloak with glass beads sat on a seat A nursemaid walked past holding one child by the hand while another a little boy in a hussar uniform with a buckled on sabre and a pistol in his belt ran past looked haughtily round and saluted a veteran who came down the path smoking Further down the grounds were a few people sitting round the kiosk drinking coffee and reading the papers The foliage was still fairly thick and the park looked depressed and dusty and altogether far summer like than usual for late Septembe. An incredible piece of observational fiction pushing you with total clarity into the world of Viennese elites The fact that the author and so the characters are unaware of how truly cataclysmic the 20th century would be for the Austro Hungarian Empire and Europe's Jews makes several part of the book both incredible and chillingSpecial note in this regard are several vignettes in one a man recently returned from his reservist reuired service jokes about what larks soldiering is and how he likes the uniform This'll be the kind of man who dies in frozen Tyrol trenches Another is the assimilationist young Jewish doctor leaving medicine to champion eugenicist social cleansing measures but do not worry he assures his traditional Jewish identifying father it won't be brute murder A Jewish man leaves politics after being racially abused by an opponent in Parliament who afterwards sees him in thr Parliament cafe and says no hard feelings its just politics Later two characters note that the Jewish problem of competing identity and ideals Zionism assimilation eta is too great a thing to be simply solved by some black and white measure