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The Song of Songs   By: (1857-1928)

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The Song of Songs by Hermann Sudermann is a captivating masterpiece that delves deep into the complexities of human emotions and desires. Set in a small town in Germany, the novel follows the life of Johannes Niemand, a talented musician struggling to find his place in the world.

Sudermann's skillful storytelling transports readers to a bygone era, painting a vivid picture of the town's atmosphere and its inhabitants. From the very first page, one is instantly drawn into Johannes' world, feeling a strong sense of empathy towards his inner turmoils.

The author's portrayal of love and passion is simply exceptional. Sudermann beautifully explores the various facets of love, highlighting its ability to both uplift and destroy. Through his characters, he delves into the depths of human relationships, showcasing the all-consuming nature of desire and the consequences it can have on individuals.

What sets The Song of Songs apart is Sudermann's remarkable ability to intricately weave together multiple storylines. Each character's journey intertwines with one another, adding layers of depth to the overall narrative. The reader becomes engrossed in the lives of Johannes and his companions, eagerly anticipating the twists and turns that lie ahead.

Moreover, Sudermann's prose is a true delight. His words flow effortlessly, capturing the essence of the characters' emotions and internal struggles. One can easily find themselves immersed in the rich imagery and evocative descriptions, envisioning the scenery and events as if they were unfolding right before their eyes.

However, it is worth noting that Sudermann's novel may not be for everyone. Some readers may find the pacing to be slow, as the author takes time to delve into the complexities of his characters' emotions. Additionally, while the exploration of passion and desire is a central theme, it may be too intense or explicit for some readers.

Overall, The Song of Songs is a compelling and thought-provoking read that delves into the depths of the human soul. Sudermann's masterful storytelling and poetic prose make this novel a literary gem. Though it may not be suitable for all audiences, those who appreciate introspective and emotional tales will find themselves thoroughly captivated by this literary work of art.

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THE SONG OF SONGS

(DAS HOHE LIED)

BY HERMANN SUDERMANN

TRANSLATED BY THOMAS SELTZER

NEW YORK THE VIKING PRESS MCMXXVI

Copyright, 1909, by J. G. COTTA'SCHE BUCHHANDLUNG NACHFOLGER, Stuttgart

All rights reserved

Published in Germany, November 21, 1908

Privilege of copyright in the United States reserved under the act approved March 3, 1905, by J. G. Cotta'sche Buchhandlung Nachfolger

Published November 20, 1909 Second printing, January, 1910 Third printing, February, 1910 Fourth printing, April, 1910 Fifth printing, September, 1910 Sixth printing, September, 1911 Seventh printing, March, 1913 Eighth printing, December, 1913 Ninth printing, January, 1915 Tenth printing, June, 1916 Eleventh printing, 1919 Twelfth printing, April, 1921 Thirteenth printing, September, 1923 Fourteenth printing, December, 1926

THE SONG OF SONGS

PART I

CHAPTER I

Lilly was fourteen years old when her father, Kilian Czepanek, the music master, suddenly disappeared.

It happened in this way. He had been giving piano lessons the whole day, in the interim swearing and drinking Moselle and Selters, for it was intensely hot... Continue reading book >>




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