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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I look forward to reading another Hesse novel for German Literature month. However, in the end Goldmund refuses an offer of guild membership, preferring the freedom of the road. In its highest form, friendship is crucial in leading a virtuous life: On more careful examination though, Montaigne imagines it possible for friends to give to each other: To follow Hesse into the relationship of Narcissus and Goldmund will be to follow jermann into the labyrinth of human existence.
Narcissus is fascinated with the boy, and takes him under his wing. Narcissus and Goldmund is a classic novel that I will reach for again and again on my bookshelf.
We are all trying to make sense of this world we live it. Interestingly, Hesse uses an interesting plot turn so that the main character doesn’t have to make that choice I’ll leave it at that if you haven’t read it.
Either one was a man or one was a woman, either a wanderer or sedentary burgher, either a thinking person or a feeling person-no one could breathe in at the same time as he breathed out, be a man as well as a woman, experience freedom as well as order, combine instinct and mind. 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.
The Labyrinth of Friendship:
For we will instead be drawn along with Hesse into ever more complicated and intractable problems: The second thing to say is that the issue of distance and dissonance in philosophical discussions of friendship is not a new heswe, not one that emerges with Hesse.
While i suppose Hesse was trying to justify the new free-thinking, free-loving, long hair wearing male artist of the twentieth century, he really does less to exhort new modes of being and more towards the reinforcement of woman-loathing Cartesian dualism.
It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see goldmuund other and honor If you have hsese penchant for poetic language, a love for new experiences, and a sensitivity to life’s struggles, you will find hope and deep beauty in this story.
What German Literature have you read that you would highly recommend? Jun 18, Lorenzo Berardi rated it liked it Shelves: But herman, they become closer to enlightenment, closer to hard clay than to wet sand.
She says to him: Thinkers and artists alike have their place in the world and neither should think they are superior to the other for they are antithesis of each other. I loved the contrast between the two main characters, Narcissus and Goldmund and the true friendship that exists between them.
It’s not like Narcissus is coming out of the closet and proclaiming his secret gay longings to him on his deathbed. O rispet “Noi pensatori cerchiamo di avvicinarci a Dio staccando il mondo da lui.
Friendship is one of the structures of human existence which sustain the very possibility of political action, action understood as the emanation and maintenance of human plurality and natality; further, friendship is one of the structures from which history itself emerges.
This page was last edited on 14 Novemberat It is a figure of a kind of space in which humans can take the initiative to realize themselves. 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. The abbot reprimands Narcissus, because he did not obey to the older and consequently superior colleague, but at the same time utters the wish, that “you may ever have a superior, who is more stupid than you are: June 30, at Though half-secretively a Catholic man of the world, he acted as facilitator for the catholicism of Catholicism, friend of Church nobility and peacemaker.
Victor is older than Goldmund, a cheerful fellow who tries to sell all sorts of things.
He gives up a worldly love and travels on. He settles to become a sculptor for several years, able to brilliantly capture the beauty he has seen. November 10, at 1: He would encounter death and violence, the beauty of art and labor, and the agonizing sadness of loss. I never realized how much German lit I had until I started to shelve some of it together.