He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in His parents were Robert and Marie Hauptmann, who ran a hotel in the area. As a youth, Hauptmann had a reputation of being loose with the truth. Beginning in , he attended the village school and then, in , the Realschule in Breslau for which he had only barely passed the qualifying exam. Hauptmann had difficulties adjusting himself to his new surroundings in the city.
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Paperback , pages. Published January 1st by Methuen Publishing first published More Details Original Title. Other Editions Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about The Weavers , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of The Weavers. Jan 28, Hend rated it really liked it Shelves: german-austrian-literature , nobel-prize-winners , favorite-plays.
The boy is all right again. But all the same it's a disgrace. The child's so weak th a drama about a group of poor the weavers and their abortive revolt in ,derived by personal,political and religious motivations. The child's so weak that a puff of wind would blow him over. How people, how any parents can be so thoughtless is what passes my comprehension. Loading him with two heavy pieces of fustian to carry six good miles! No one would believe it that hadn't seen it.
It simply means that I shall have to make a rule that no goods brought by children will be taken over. I sincerely trust that such things will not occur again.
Who gets all the blame for it? Why, of course the manufacturer. It's entirely our fault. If some poor little fellow sticks in the snow in winter and goes to sleep, a special correspondent arrives post-haste, and in two days we have a blood-curdling story served up in all the papers. Is any blame laid on the father, the parents, that send such a child? Not a bit of it. How should they be to blame?
It's all the manufacturer's fault -- he's made the scapegoat. They flatter the weaver, and give the manufacturer nothing but abuse -- he's a cruel man, with a heart like a stone, a dangerous fellow, at whose calves every cur of a journalist may take a bite.
He lives on the fat of the land, and pays the poor weavers starvation wages. In the flow of his eloquence the writer forgets to mention that such a man has his cares too and his sleepless nights; that he runs risks of which the workman never dreams; that he is often driven distracted by all the calculations he has to make, and all the different things he has to take into account; that he has to struggle for his very life against competition; and that no day passes without some annoyance or some loss.
And think of the manufacturer's responsibilities, think of the numbers that depend on him, that look to him for their daily bread.
No, No! You all saw how that fellow, that scoundrel Becker, behaved. Now he'll go and spread about all sorts of tales of my hardheartedness, of how my weavers are turned off for a mere trifle, without a moment's notice. Is that true? Am I so very unmerciful? It gives them courage and strength to attack the rotten structure, to drive the thieves out of the temple,and to even attack the soldiers.
The women, too participated and become an avenging force. Old Hilse,a victim of religious brainwashing, who attempts to stem the tide with his blind belief was swept over as every obstacle, every hindrance, once labor awakens to the consciousness of its solidaric power. In rags an' dirt they lay, all the four -- it didn't as much as keep 'em dry. I sets up to be a mother, that's what I do -- an' if you'd like to know it, that's why I'd send all the manufacturers to hell -- because I am a mother!
Not one of the four could I keep in life! It was cryin' more than breathin' with me from the time each poor little thing came into the world till death took pity on it.
The devil a bit you cared! You sat there prayin' and singin', and let me run about till my feet bled, tryin' to get one little drop o' skim milk. How many hundred nights has I lain an' racked my head to think what I could do to cheat the churchyard of my little one? What harm has a baby like that done that it must come to such a miserable end -- eh? An' over there at Dittrich's they're bathed in wine an' washed in milk.
An' what's more -- if there's a rush on Dittrich's, you will see me in the forefront of it -- an' pity the man as tries to prevent me -- I've stood it long enough, so now you know it. View all 4 comments. Feb 03, Bettie marked it as to-read. Okay- this is going to be a bit of a rant against Goodreads, so sniff your smelling salts sufficiently to enable yourself to make a quick exit. A couple of weeks ago I had a review deleted because a few people had flagged it as unsatisfactory, citing that it was not my own words.
When I load a book up as currently reading I tap in front quotes, dedication and opening section or sentence. I also add myriad shelves to indicate the medium of the read, geography and era. I move on to a new read. In contrast to the nit-picking by nameless milk-saucered middlebrows that I was afflicted by, look at the blurb box above this item. The description is not accredited. Is it the words of the publisher, a newspaper or a Goodread's librarian.
I cannot flag it! Now the penny drops, yeah? View all 18 comments. View 2 comments. Nov 08, Martin rated it it was amazing. One mark of a great dramatist is how timeless the work feels and I'd love to see this play now, for it fits all too well with the current political discourse and social upheaval.
Such a devastating and poignant portrayal. Sep 06, S Cearley rated it really liked it. This play is exceptional. There's not a single, cohesive plot running through it - it is five acts - but it is about a weaver's uprising. It gets surprisingly violent at the end. The mill owners all complain that the weavers just don't know how to properly spend money, and that a mill owner has a lot of problems too, etc etc etc.
Meanwhile the weavers starve, the mill owners all have huge houses, etc. If the protagonists weren't weavers and you weren't regularly reminded of the old technology in This play is exceptional.
If the protagonists weren't weavers and you weren't regularly reminded of the old technology in the play it would be a drama set right now.
It was a somewhat easy to read play, and I like the idea of revisiting this play with very minor reworkings to reflect modern times. Shelves: classics , drama , german. The play is interesting in that it has no protagonist, just a series of characters who see events through a variety of perspectives, but disappear from the stage as new ones emerge.
It also uses a good deal of Silesian dialect, making it a bit of a challenge for German-as-second-language readers.
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