I can't (nor would I try) to convince you to like a book that you simply did not enjoy, Joffre. But over time, as the books settle into my memory, the all-out strangeness of Wilhem Meister has moved it up in my estimation. The Freemason-like Society of the Tower, who have been stage-managing all the events behind the scenes, the peculiar androgynous orphan Mignon, the creepy old harpist -- this is an uncanny novel, masquerading as a Bildungsroman. I know it's supposed to be the prototype of the Bildungsroman, but other novels that are classified as coming-of-age novels (David Copperfield, Sentimental Education, Of Human Bondage) are simply not as bizarre. I doubt that I will ever re-read it, but it's really unlike anything else I've ever encountered.
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