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  • Paperback: 462 pages
  • Publisher: WW Norton; Reprint edition (May 27 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0393331903
  • ISBN-13: 978-0393331905
  • Product Dimensions: 21.9 x 13.9 x 2.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 699 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #482,809 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Beauty and the Bitumen July 4 2008
By D. Laurie - Published on
Format: Paperback
There is no reviewing correspondence. There is present either only the (inevitably) voyueristic pleasure of gazing into dead mens dreams, or nothing at all, at which point we set the book down, and carry on composing our own secrets.
But the idea of positing a critical eye on one's letters (unless they are means exclusive of a recepient, as with Seneca) seems to me to be entirely ridiculous.
I can only say that I was happy to the point of giddiness to discover the recently published letters between Rilke and Andreas-Salome.
I devoured the book whole, and found myself inspired by Rilke's early uncertanties, and the almost frighteningly composed replies of his one time lover, now become mentor. It offered a glimpse into the world of this beautiful poet, who previously, seemed to have sprung fully formed into the author of the Duino Elegies, as though he were always the master we have come to admire.
And here, beset by dread, here overcome by an almost childish enthusiasm, we find him not stripped of his title rather enriched by his likeness to ourselves. And it's as though we always sensed beneath the richness of his language a kinship we could never adaquetely define, here at last the inexplicable is made manifest.
I do not speak to Andreas-Salome, she does not move me, but she was a freind of Rilke's and therefore deserves at least our respect.
If you are curious about the genesis and flowering of a poet, you will find no better testament than this collection, and much like the Memoirs of Pablo Neruda, you will find in the simplest relation, a poetry unto itself.
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gorgeous March 28 2013
By TalkingWoman - Published on
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Rilke lends the same exquisite clarity and rapture to romantic love as he does to his brilliantly tender hearted observations of the spirit.
Simply amazing. March 26 2014
By Book Lover - Published on
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Being that this was one of my impulse purchases, I was surprised when I found myself still awake at 4am pouring over the pages, unable to put it down. Rilke invites the reader (Lou Salome) into his innermost thoughts and psyche in such a visceral and eloquent way. You begin to often see yourself in his words and it sends your mind racing. This alone would be enough. But having it countered by Lou's (often paradigm-shifting) deep understanding and almost clinical input - it makes for one of the most intellectual and enlightened dialogues of the 20th century.

This book can feed your soul, if you let it.
6 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Strange and intimate June 26 2007
By DOROTHY - Published on
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Wow!! It lets you inside so much intimacy and thoughts. A great read and an interesting learning experience.