Against the advice of their families, the two take a semester off college to tour Europe, spending much of their time bicycling across France.
The story documents the kind of friendships that many young people emerging from adolescence engage in: It made me sick. Duncan hated talking to people. I talked to everyone. His pronunciation was better than mine.
I became terribly adept at not irritating Duncan before breakfast. For the fiftieth time, I thought him unfair.
The moment came when I could no longer stand the sound of his voice, or his ideas. After traveling with him day and night, without a break, for fifty-three days, I felt my senses suffocating in an awareness of Duncan. In a free indirect style, Brodkey glamorizes, valorizes, and satirizes the young lovers, all at once, exploring the passion and shame and confusion of early adulthood.
Here, he describes what happens when the pair begin a sexual relationship—.
Their first dip in sensual waters left them nonplussed. They rushed into further experiences; they broke off in the middle of embraces and looked at each other, stunned and delighted.
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They knew that nothing they did was real, was actual. They had received a blow on the head and were prey to erotic imaginings, that was all. The five Laura stories are much shorter than the other narratives. The Laura stories seem to trace what it means to grow old but not mature. Reading it, I experienced an uncanny transposition, as if I were observing a reinterpretation of something I experienced a few weekends ago.
The story ends with another sad epiphany—. She just wanted this day to go on forever and ever, unending, with all its joys intact, and no one changing, nothing new happening, just these same things occurring over and over. Yet, Goethe substantially reworked the book for the edition  and acknowledged the great personal and emotional influence that The Sorrows of Young Werther could exert on forlorn young lovers who discovered it.
As he commented to his secretary in , "It must be bad, if not everybody was to have a time in his life, when he felt as though Werther had been written exclusively for him. The Sorrows of Young Werther turned Goethe, previously an unknown author, into a literary celebrity almost overnight. Napoleon Bonaparte considered it one of the great works of European literature, having written a Goethe-inspired soliloquy in his youth and carried Werther with him on his campaigning to Egypt.
It also started the phenomenon known as the "Werther Fever", which caused young men throughout Europe to dress in the clothing style described for Werther in the novel. The book reputedly also led to some of the first known examples of copycat suicide. The men were often dressed in the same clothing "as Goethe's description of Werther and using similar pistols.
One of these, Friedrich Nicolai , decided to create a satirical piece with a happy ending, entitled Die Freuden des jungen Werthers " The Joys of Young Werther " , in which Albert, having realized what Werther is up to, loaded chicken's blood into the pistol, thereby foiling Werther's suicide, and happily concedes Lotte to him. After some initial difficulties, Werther sheds his passionate youthful side and reintegrates himself into society as a respectable citizen. Goethe, however, was not pleased with the Freuden and started a literary war with Nicolai that lasted all his life, writing a poem titled "Nicolai auf Werthers Grabe" "Nicolai on Werther's grave" , in which Nicolai here a passing nameless pedestrian defecates on Werther's grave,  so desecrating the memory of a Werther from which Goethe had distanced himself in the meantime, as he had from the Sturm und Drang.
This argument was continued in his collection of short and critical poems, the Xenien , and his play Faust. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
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