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The Wish A Novel   By: (1857-1928)

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The Wish A Novel by Hermann Sudermann is a gripping and thought-provoking tale that delves into the complexities of human desire, ambition, and the relentless pursuit of happiness. Set in the early 20th century, this novel follows the life of Elisabeth, a determined young woman who embarks on a journey to fulfill her deepest desires.

The story begins in a small German village where Elisabeth, a young and vibrant woman, resides with her family. Despite the constraints of her traditional upbringing, Elisabeth possesses an innate curiosity and an insatiable hunger for more in life. Sudermann skillfully portrays Elisabeth's yearning for adventure and self-discovery, fueling the reader's anticipation for what lies ahead.

As the narrative progresses, Elisabeth's desire for a more fulfilling existence intensifies, and she becomes increasingly disillusioned with her monotonous life. Sudermann masterfully weaves together scenes of both domestic tranquility and existential frustration, underscoring the conflicting emotions Elisabeth experiences on her quest for happiness.

Throughout the novel, Sudermann skillfully explores themes of societal expectations, gender roles, and the sacrifices individuals make to conform to societal norms. He effortlessly captures the internal struggle between societal pressures and personal desires, prompting readers to reflect upon their own lives and the choices they make in pursuit of their dreams.

Elisabeth's character development is a highlight of this novel. Sudermann crafts her as a complex and multifaceted protagonist, revealing her innermost fears, hopes, and ambitions. Through Elisabeth's eyes, readers are exposed to the stark realities and challenges faced by women during this era, and are compelled to empathize with her plight.

Furthermore, Sudermann's prose is captivating and evocative, painting vivid imagery that transports readers to each scene. His eloquent descriptions effortlessly communicate the emotions and motivations driving the characters, immersing readers in the story's rich emotional landscape.

However, there are moments in the narrative that feel slightly drawn out, detracting from the overall pacing of the novel. Some may find certain episodes overly descriptive, which occasionally hinders the story's momentum. Nevertheless, these moments do not overshadow the strength of Sudermann's storytelling and the profound questions he poses.

Overall, The Wish A Novel by Hermann Sudermann is a compelling exploration of the human condition and the pursuit of happiness. With its captivating characters, thought-provoking themes, and beautiful prose, this novel leaves a lasting impression on readers. Sudermann's ability to depict the complexities of desire and the sacrifices made to attain it is commendable, making this book an engaging and rewarding read for anyone seeking a deeper understanding of the human experience.

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1. Page scan source: http://www.archive.org/details/wishnovel00suderich

2. The diphthong oe is represented by [oe].

THE WISH

A NOVEL

BY HERMANN SUDERMANN

TRANSLATED BY LILY HENKEL

WITH A BIOGRAPHICAL INTRODUCTION BY ELIZABETH LEE

NEW YORK D. APPLETON AND COMPANY 1895

Authorized Edition .

INTRODUCTION.

Since the beginning of time men have been accustomed to regard the end of a century as a period of decadence. The waning nineteenth century is no more fortunate than its predecessors. We are continually being invited to speculate on the signs around us of decay in politics, in religion, in art, in the whole social fabric. It is not for us to inquire here concerning the truth or the ethics of that belief. But, as far as literature is concerned, it is very certain that the last years of the present century will be remembered for the extraordinary talent shown by a few young novelists and dramatists in most of the countries of Europe... Continue reading book >>




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