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The Journey to the East has enthralled me since I first read it in my teens — and probably I understand only marginally more of it now than I did then.

The beginning of the novel introduces the Music Master, the resident of Castalia who recruits Knecht as a young student and who is to have the most long-lasting and profound effect on Knecht throughout his life. I feel that Hesee must open this review by stating that I am an unabashed fanboy of Hermann Hesse.

Hesse wasn’t saying to run from Evil, although he did himself leave Nazi Germany. I would one day be able to play the Game. I cannot do this justice here.

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And where is Knecht? I don’t much like shoulds, maybe you have read it, maybe you will read it, maybe you won’t. Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

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Writing and reading novels might be one of those skills. Woolf is a bit daunting, but Mrs. One of the themes in this novel is world history, the relationship between a plant and the soil it grows in. Outside of Castalia is the practical world [the world which most of us live in] devoted to knowledge not for its own sake, but knowledge to better the physical aspects of living. I’m just not sure if the structure worked for me.


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If the last sentence made hernann sense to you, chances are you have already read the book. But if you want to hear the wisdom of a wise, possibly heartbroken man determined, despite everything, not to hit the jarring notes of the diabolic keys but to sing with the laughing voice of an heswe, this is it. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty.

This is my all-time favorite novel. My review is based not on the book itself, as it was read it so long ago, I don’t remember details, which is somewhat remarkable, as I remember the effect of the book.

Refresh and try again. If you want something to touch your soul read Siddhartha. I am glad that I am not the only reader oudi finds this a tough slog. It is a holy raga, a tactile masbaha, a literary syncretism, that captures the whole of man’s achievements and is practiced by an elite few. But I have to. Luudi the centre of this enterprise, the Magister Ludi — or master of the Glass Bead Game — is treated like a priest or deity by devotees of the game.

Then we get an introduction from the ‘actual author’ who denies the possibly of biography and tells us that we won’t tell us about the game before telling us about the game, and who in passing mentions the absence of various sources, before leaping into the story in which the purported author seems to have omniscient knowledge of the imaginary subject of the story. They provided a legitimate channel for the creative urge of youth. ehsse

Oh yes, they too are here. In his time, Hesse was a popular and influential author in the German-speaking world; worldwide fame only c Hermann Hesse was a German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter.

Come, be welcome, drink of our corporate tea or coffee, accept one of our cheap biscuits hermmann symbol of our contempt! It felt like Lovecraft’s old trick of describing how a horrible sight affected a character instead of describing the horror, itself. History holds the key to our story. He also remarks on the book’s form: He wishes to experience the same tranquility as the yogi, but is unable to stay. This is a weird one, hese.


And through them into the hermnn of the ideal as a symbol of both purpose and the aesthetical. That many of them are dead or no longer in my daily life is neither regrettable nor sad since the Order continues to unite us. Joseph Knecht is selected as a student of promise. Or as one of the characters in one of the embedded stories might say “illusion, illusion!

Knecht, too, comes to see Castalia as a kind of ivory tower, an ethereal and protected community, devoted to pure intellectual pursuits but oblivious to the problems posed by life outside its borders. And I found many principles and ideas in this book, some of them only subtle insinuations, that I completely disagree with. Gesse once the book is read, that is about all it is about. Hesse’s first great novel, “Peter Camenzind”, was received enthusiastically by young Germans desiring a different and more “natural” way of life at the time of great economic and technological progress in the country.

The Glass Bead Game. Second Introduction I saw that a Goodreader commented on another review that they felt this was a book for young people, which caught my attention with a jolt because I had barely finished thinking that this was plainly a book written by an old man.