29 August 2011
Book Review: Michael Kohlhaas by Heinrich von Kleist
[I decided that the feelings this novella stirred up in me required unfiltered language. So, caveat lector.]
Even Martin Luther gets involved, beseeching Kohlhaas to cease his rampage. Now, I don't condone violence in any form. But I could really identify with Kohlhaas' frustration and rage. Part of my OCD issues center around my need for everyone to play fair and by the same rules. So when the upstanding Kohlhaas keeps getting screwed by unjust rule breakers it didn't take me long to sympathize with what the poor man was going through.
The Verdict: Despite the sad ending and the violence (which I don't condone), I loved how this book expressed Kohlhaas' rage. In his own words: "You can make me go to the scaffold, but I can make you suffer, and I mean to."