Diary of a "Client" of a Replacement Counselling

03 Jul, 2011

Why I never read FAUST (yet)

Posted by: Bianca Schlimm In: Job Search Campain

Sometimes a teacher is so annyoing and uninspiring, if not stupid, that you (no: I) cannot read his favorite piece of art.

We read “Death in Venice” and the guy, big Goethe-Fan, asks US if Thomas Mann MIGHT have been gay.

He looks very uneasy.

Maybe he knows already.

Or he has heard it throught the grapevine.

But he hopes noone of us has heard it.

He does not want it to be true.

He doesn’t want his second biggest idol to turn out a gay man.


Since noone has anything substantial to say because really, what do we care?, he settles on the claim that no, writing about young beautiful blonde guy through the eyes of old yearning man, no, this cannot mean that Mann was gay. It might be more comfortable for the teacher if this is just a fantasy for the sake of…. who knows.

Next class: English literature.

We’ve been reading extremely cool books:

Catch 22

One flew over the cuckoo’s nest.

Catcher in the Rye.

One would think the teacher was a hippie.

Then she asks what we want to read.

I test her.

I say “let’s read Henry Miller.

There’s a book about Greece.”

She goes: “No, we cannot read him. HE’S AN EXILE”.


So what???

If you could not read German exiles from a certain decade you couldn’t read Thmoas Mann either or any decent books.

This woman also thinks Holden Caulfield was somewhat of a loon.


How did she get through reading the above mentioned books?

Now I wonder what French teachers tell French students about Proust!!

Probably the same as that German teacher of mine.

Have to ask grandpa!

Thank God I also had good German teachers!!! Before that last one.


how funny: all these animals and plants!



3 Responses to "Why I never read FAUST (yet)"

1 | berlioz

July 12th, 2011 at 01:47


Interesting points you are making. Teacher, in the main. are only humans too. They have their prejudices.

Why didn’t you read Faust. Is a darn good read – but read it in German if you can. It is nit just a play, but philosophy.

2 | Bianca Schlimm

July 12th, 2011 at 13:09


Hi REAL Uncle!

I was told by my colleagues that is was the book of books…Somehow I still don’t feel like reading it. Not in sunny beach vacation at least.

Funny: Goethe was also one of those “aristocats”!

My dad told me that Goethe once wrote in his diary how a thunderstorm came and how awful it was and how some guy had to carry him, Goethe, over some little pile of water.
My dad thought how stupid was this aristocrat not to walk by himself.
Other times – other habits.

OK, I might give it a try if you say so.

3 | berlioz

July 13th, 2011 at 02:24


There is a good book out, in English, by John Armstrong, Love, Live,Goethe (ISBN: 978-0-141-01128-8) which describes his life and work very well. It is one of the best book I ever read and was sorry when I finished reading it.


Perhaps there is a translation available. He was not an aristocrat but received a title so he could sit at the table of Ernst August.

He was a bit of a bon vivant (Lebemann) but that went with his philosophy about life in general.

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