The Sandman

The Sandman Strange man how can you have eyes for sale Eyes Eyes The disturbing tale of a young man s obsession with the Sandman stealer of eyes which has inspired writers from Sigmund Freud to Neil Gaiman One

  • Title: The Sandman
  • Author: E.T.A. Hoffmann Peter Wortsman
  • ISBN: 9780241251508
  • Page: 497
  • Format: Paperback
  • Strange man, how can you have eyes for sale Eyes Eyes The disturbing tale of a young man s obsession with the Sandman, stealer of eyes, which has inspired writers from Sigmund Freud to Neil Gaiman.One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946 Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics hug Strange man, how can you have eyes for sale Eyes Eyes The disturbing tale of a young man s obsession with the Sandman, stealer of eyes, which has inspired writers from Sigmund Freud to Neil Gaiman.One of 46 new books in the bestselling Little Black Classics series, to celebrate the first ever Penguin Classic in 1946 Each book gives readers a taste of the Classics huge range and diversity, with works from around the world and across the centuries including fables, decadence, heartbreak, tall tales, satire, ghosts, battles and elephants.

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    1. I read this rather (no very) creepy tale years ago, and while I truly enjoyed and above all appreciated E. T. A. Hoffmann's Der Sandmann, I also do not much feel like a detailed and intense rereading at this time, as the plot, the thematics actually repeatedly produced some rather vivid and glaring nightmares when I perused it, first for a German Romanticism course in undergrad and then later for my PhD Comprehensive Examinations (I still recall that there were dancing mechnical maniacal dolls, [...]

    2. “If, like a bold painter, you had first sketched in a few audacious strokes the outline of the picture you had in your own soul, you would then easily have been able to deepen and intensify the colors one after the other, until the varied throng of living figures carried your friends away and they, like you, saw themselves in the midst of the scene that had proceeded out of your own soul.”We had to read The Sandman for our literature seminar. I was looking forward to it. I had never read any [...]

    3. The work of a genius! Very creepy and enjoyable to read, but at the same time extremely intelligent and multilayered.

    4. The antiquated language and over-wrought prose on offer here will likely turn off some readers. I don’t necessarily prefer this sort of writing, and I don’t care to read it terribly often (despite my enchantment with classic horror and speculative fiction). However, part of me enjoys these elements at the same time as finding them hard to tolerate when I am not in the mood for them. Rather a contradiction, but there you have it. There’s something about the way this taste of antiquity takes [...]

    5. Original review posted hereThere is absolutely no reason for people to avoid reading this story. First of all, it’s short – about 30 pages (and the ones I read were TINY pages). Secondly, it’s so. freaking. amazing. Seriously! Read it! Now I’ll tell you why.For my Seminar in European Literature this semester we are studying the “uncanny” – what the word means, how to define it ourselves, how it’s defined in stories, and we’re reading all sorts of fantastic things like Grimm’s [...]

    6. Nathanael’s childhood is haunted by the mysterious figure of Coppelius, a lawyer-friend of his father who regularly turns up at their house for night-time alchemical sessions. Nathanael associates Coppelius with the mythical Sandman, the legendary being said to steal the eyes of children who refuse to go to sleep. When Nathanael’s father dies as a result of an experiment gone wrong, this ominous mental link is sealed once and for all. Years later, with Nathanael now a university student, unw [...]

    7. About the title story onlyE.T.A. HOFFMANN, The Sandman(1816). Remarkably modern-feeling in theme, probably because lately we've had quite a few writers harking back to this kind of story. The sinister traveling merchant Coppelius/Coppola, selling his 'eyes-a' is reflected in “Ilse, Who Saw Clearly” by E. Lily Yu, for example. And of course, the whole steampunk genre loves to explore the idea of clockwork automata.To a modern reader, the structure of the story flows a bit oddly and unevenly, [...]

    8. “There is no Sandman, dear child,” replied my mother. “When I say the Sandman's coming, I only mean that you're sleepy and can't keep your eyes open – just as if sand had been sprinkled into them.”There is something very special in the tales of E.T.A. Hoffmann – two centuries have gone but they still remain enigmatic, startling and morosely nocturnal. “And now Nathaniel saw that a pair of eyes lay upon the ground, staring at him; these Spalanzani caught up, with his unwounded hand, [...]

    9. Un cuento de terror curioso por los temas que trata, que parecen una mezcla imposible de elementos que se interrelacionan para cobrar vida con la imaginación de E. T. A. Hoffmann. No lo reseñaré en profundidad porque es corto, pero puede decirse mucho. El protagonista es Nataniel, un muchacho que estudia Física y escribe unas cartas extrañas a su amigo Lotario: le cuenta que la visión de un hombre le hizo recordar una vieja leyenda de su infancia y un acontecimiento traumático que involuc [...]

    10. what did I just read?!This is so many kinds of disturbing that nightmares are inevitable. How ironic.I freaking loved it, by the way.For a short story, there's several layers of creepy, and there's no black and white so part of its genius is in how many questions you're left with at the end.I want to know MORE.I mean, surely we've all heard of The Sandman, right? The creep who throws dust in children's faces to get them to sleep? Well,this delightful little short story, along with my fascination [...]

    11. If you were to read only one story by E.T.A. Hoffman this might be it. The Sandman is one of the three tales to figure in Jacques Offenbach great opera and presents in a very forceful fashion several of the great themes that dominate Hoffman's work.In this work, Hoffman poses third great questions. The first is what is the effect of childhood fears on our later lives. The second one is why do some individuals pursue illusions when better options in the real world are at hand. The last question i [...]

    12. "Oh my dearly beloved Nathaniel! Don't you think that even cheerful -unaffected- carefree nature like mine could harbour an inkling of a dark force that insidiously strives to corrupt the sanctum of our inner self?"Esta breve pieza del romanticismo oscuro germánico escrita por Hoffmann posee los ingredientes mínimos de un relato decente y disfrutable a nivel estético y narrativo. También resulta interesante ver ya algunos indicios de romance científico con ese elemento femenino convenientem [...]

    13. I really enjoyed this. I've never read anything by E.T.A. Hoffmann before (the Sandman is part of my assigned reading for a class I'm taking this semester) but it was a really good read. Reminded me of Frankenstein in a lot of places (Nathanael's actions and letters basically screamed Victor Frankenstein to me as well as the origin of him and Clara's relationship) especially with the whole 'how far can we go with science and technology in terms of humanity' thing that Olimpia represented. The am [...]

    14. Such a short but brilliant book. I remember hating it when I was forced to read it back in school but somehow ended up loving it - I even choose to write my final examination about its characters. Rereading it, I'm still amazed by Nathanael's story. Although the book is rather short, it retells a horrible incident in his childhood leading to the death of his father and proceeds to show how this early incident shapes his years as a student. Being a little older now, I can now appreciate the horro [...]

    15. Weit seiner Zeit voraus So ging es zumindest mir beim Lesen von E.T.A. Hoffmanns berühmtesten Werk. Es ist gespickt mit einer Unzahl von Motiven, Montagen und Andeutungen, die die Lektüre dieses Buches sehr lohnend machen. Durch die vielen gruseligen Motive, von denen einige immer noch Horror-Geschichten und Filme heutzutage bestimmen, wirkt das Buch sehr zeitlos und modern. Einige Szenen konnten mich immer wieder gruseln - obwohl das Buch nun schon 200 Jahre alt ist. Ein schauriges Must-Read. [...]

    16. La prima parte del racconto è costituita da tre lettere che Nathaniel invia a Lotario e Clara. Nathaniel è uno studente universitario che, in quel momento, non vive in casa con la madre ma vive in un’altra città per completare gli studi universitari di tipo scientifico e segue le lezioni del professor Spallanzani. Lotario e Clara, rimasti orfani in giovane età, vivono con la madre di Nathaniel che era una lontana parente che li ha accolti in casa. E Nathaniel è fidanzato con Clara. Il pad [...]

    17. Малкият Натаниел е силно впечатлително дете. То е обхванато от ужас, когато неговата майка , опитвайки се да обясни нощните посещения на тайнствен непознат при баща му / посещения, свързани с алхимични опити /, разказва зловещата легенда за Пясъчният човек, който пръска пясъ [...]

    18. 4,5 SterneIch glaube, "Der Sandmann" war in der Oberstufe meine Lieblingslektüre und weil es außerdem auch so schön einfach ist, habe ich es jetzt in der Uni als Referatsthema genommen und heute früh in der S-Bahn nochmal gelesen.Es hat mir immer noch sehr gut gefallen, ist trotz seiner Kürze sehr spannend und vor allem die Figur des Sandmanns hat mich glaube ich nachhaltig beeindruckt. Ich würde dieses Buch so, so gerne mit 500 statt nur 50 Seiten lesen - das ist allerdings gar kein wirkl [...]

    19. I am a German native and used to the style this book was written. However, I did read it in English and have to say this was an excellent translation.The story itself suited my taste in "creepy" books. It started with the letters written to Nathaniel's friend Lothar. It made me curious how Hoffmann will unravel the story and if he chose to have a happy ending. At times I felt Stephen King might have borrowed from him, since it reminded me a bit of his stories.An entertaining short story with a d [...]

    20. Una lectura curiosa, sin duda. Me resultó graciosa, si se me permite escribir tal palabra, cierta idea; idea que sin duda «robaré» para hacérsela llegar a mis posibles hijos. 

    21. God bless the author! Habt keine Angst vor dieser Schullektüre, denn sie ist weder in Dialogform geschrieben noch sehr lang. Meine Reclam Ausgabe hat weniger als 50 Seiten und eigentlich sind nur 40 Seiten davon die Geschichte. Insofern hat das Buch einen verdammten Pluspunkt. Andererseits mag ich die Hauptperson nicht gerade, weil das beabsichtigt ist würde ich meinen es ist noch okay. Als unsere Lehrerin meinte, "seid nicht verwirrt, wenn ihr denkt, ihr habt irgendwas verpasst oder ihr verst [...]

    22. Great fantastic story-telling by a troubled man. Science and technology versus magic, madness, life and death -- key themes from this Romantic period German author. Who is really sane? And whom can you trust? Eyeglasses, telescopes, mirrors, and other optically refractive devices abound as symbols of the inescapbability of perspective in observation (nothing can be viewed directly or understood objectively and without bias). And automatons (another key period device) are present as technology be [...]

    23. I have long feared reading books by E.T.A. Hoffmann, as his alias sounds rather off-putting and pompously self-centred (which I really don't like in writers). And also because my terrible German teacher LOVES E.T.A. Hoffmann. Then, a good friend who I trust a lot when it comes to books recommended me the Sandman, and I thus decided to follow his example and read it, and I really don't regret it. The language E.T.A. used is beautiful, the book is kinda creepy and has the kind of "happily ever aft [...]

    24. Čuvenu Hofmanovu noveletu sam prvi put pročitao krajem devedesetih - dopala mi se, veoma, ali je vreme izbrisalo sve sem tog opšteg utiska. Sada sam je podsetio zbog filma koji Dario Arđento treba da po njoj snimi. Svakako da se rado o važnom i kvalitetnom delu, ali moram priznati da sam pomalo razočaran. Dosta toga je ostalo samo u naznakama, ima i naivnosti Bez obzira na nedostatke - toplo preporučujem svima koje zanima horor.

    25. Ich muss sagen, ich fand es erstaunlich gut für ein Buch, das man in der Schule lesen muss und von dem ich viel Schlechtes gehört habe. Hier und da etwas verwirrend, aber ich habe es sogar doch ganz gern gelesen. Und das Ende war interessant :D

    26. Deeply unsettling, disturbing and even terrifying in the darkness A weird story of childhood nightmares that come to life many years later.

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