Editorial Reviews. Review. “A poetic novel unique in its fascination.” ―Thomas Mann. “Hesse was a great writer in precisely the modern sense: complex, subtle, . Dec 4, Goldmund, a novice, enters the monastery. Like Narcissus, Goldmund is very beautiful. Goldmund’s horse stays in the monastery. His only. Feb 6, One of the reasons I enjoy Hesse’s writings is for its archetypal, there are any underlying homosexual themes in Narcissus and Goldmund or.

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June hremann, at 6: This is not a review. In Hesse that substructure is made visible throughout the text, at besse level of theme, setting, plot and structure. You see, Luther was an semi-innocent, like Goldmund. Questo suo cercare nasce all’inizio del romanzo, quando l’amico Narciso prova a fargli capire quale sia la sua vera vocazione attraverso dialoghi che ricordano molto la contrapposizione nicciana tra spirito dionisiaco e spirito apollineo.

Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Narcissus’ love is clearly played out in the final chapter as he tells goldmund how he has always fealt about him. When I was younger I never liked when people narccis forcing me to read anything. Nov 16, Fergus rated it really liked it. I read it ages ago, but I can remember it without making any mental effort whatsoever.

Seduced by the snares of the world, he leaves the peace of the monastic life for a life of trial and error, goldmud, as an old man, returning to where he began.

I was really surprised. I loved the contrast between the two main characters, Narcissus and Goldmund and the true friendship that exists between them. It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor him for what he is: Most everything he wrote, from his novels and short stories to his political essays, attempts to be constructive, to share something of what he had learned of importance with others.


Narcissus and Goldmund

He gives up a worldly love and travels on. All women find him irresistible. However, in the end Goldmund refuses an offer of guild membership, preferring the freedom of the road. There is a heavy emphasis in the book on the close relationship between ecstasy and suffering.

Andrebbe letto prima, a quattordici o a quindici, quando il mondo lo si vede ancora in modo diverso. That depends on how you see it, how you define spirituality, this is not a book that will feed you any dogma or hese you a set of rules to live by.

Goldmund thinks, he will always stay with her and says farewell to Narcissus, but Lise sends him away, as her husband has missed her during the night. But, welcomed into the cloister, they would be welcomed into a realm of books, words, speech and action. At least for me, The Glass Bead Game, as I remember it, had a pervasive suffocating quality, just seeing life as an endless competitive puzzle.

He hardly knows anything about her and his relationship with his father is not really close.

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Wandering around the country for years he discovers the ways of love, and seduces countless women. Goldmund stays more than three years with Master Niklaus, until his masterpiece, the image of John, is ready.


Well, like any true art- that depends on the audience. Jan 07, Maryam Shahriari rated it it was amazing Shelves: On more careful examination though, Montaigne imagines it possible for friends to give to each other: We SEE everything in a new light, at hermabn for as long as we remember what is important, what makes a difference.

Narcissus is a very talented scholar and it is evident that he will one day serve the church and even become the Abbot of the cloister. There the near-similarity ends. But the worst one was definitely the “no hessse week”. Goldmund makes a test piece for him an image of Narcissus and is accepted as an apprentice. Una naecis fa riflettere. At the time of reading, this was my favorite Hesse book and, indeed, it is probably his quintessential novel, the one to recommend for anyone wanting to check him out.

Inhe received the Nobel Prize for Literature. He calls the artist-thinker a mystic. And this experience of distance, of absence at-hand, is crucial to a broader array of the human condition.

It made me rethink great deal of things. Although I think that sometimes Hesse stumbles on the thin line between allegory and parody, this book worths a reading.