The New Sorrows of Young W. by Ulrich Plenzdorf, Romy Fursland

The New Sorrows of Young W.

Ulrich Plenzdorf, Romy Fursland

160 pages first pub 1972 (editions)

fiction classics reflective slow-paced


Edgar Wibeau, seventeen years old, has died on Christmas Eve in an unfortunate accident involving electricity. His father, who left the family when Edgard was five, interrogates those close to him, to find out what exactly happened - and who his s...

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Community Reviews Summary of 40 reviews


funny 80%
reflective 40%
dark 20%
emotional 20%
lighthearted 20%
sad 20%


fast 60%
slow 20%
medium 20%

Plot- or character-driven?

Character: 100%

Strong character development?

Yes: 40% | It's complicated: 20% | N/A: 20% | No: 20%

Loveable characters?

Yes: 40% | It's complicated: 20% | N/A: 20% | No: 20%

Diverse cast of characters?

No: 60% | It's complicated: 40%

Flaws of characters a main focus?

Yes: 80% | No: 20%

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