29 August 2011
Book Review: The Duel by Heinrich von Kleist
Live and learn.
I found von Kleist's duel particularly interesting. Frankly it doesn't even matter what the plot is--although it is interesting. For me the fascinating thing about this duel is that although the book was written in 1810, the action takes place in the fourteenth century, when duels were actually treated as Divine judgement. In other words the loser of a duel was guilty because god let him lose. How can you argue with logic like that?
The Verdict: I was fascinated by this one because of its depiction of a duel being "indicative of God's judgement."