The Sorrows of Young Werther - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, Burton Pike Will probably need to reread this and revise rating. I remember only liking the part about waltz - why exactly was it considered so thrilling and scandalous. Other than that, I thought protagonist a whiner - and given that the story is told through his letters, it made the experience unpleasant. I will admit that I was in the "grand, melodramatic romance is for idiots" phase back then, so it's possible I let a few other good parts slip by me while scoffing at Werther. Then again, Goethe did disown it and go on record it was born from his own unrequited love experience, so I might have not been that far off. Hence the need to re-read. Maybe in original German.