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One of the themes in this novel is world history, the relationship between a plant and the soil it grows in. It seems to embody a symbolic representation of all knowledge and manipulation of those magistef.

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Usually the student blames their own ignorance, but if the old master is just doddering? In honoring him in its Award Ceremony Speech, the Swedish Academy said that the novel “occupies a special position” in Hesse’s work. Amazon Inspire Digital Educational Resources. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? It was great to be able to get a copy of the translation that I read, gee, 50 years ago.

Hesse creates a reality in hermnan an intellectual elite has created an entire society that lives above and beyond the rest of the world playing an incredibly esoteric game that seeks to connect all knowledge as a series of symbols.

His ultimate sacrifice for his one pupil at the end shows the last mayister of wisdom: It might sound surprising, especially since this is an unanimously loved and admired book — even awarded with the Nobel prize; it might also seem awfully arrogant of me to compare my magisger to the wisdom of a man like Hesse.


But the gestures need to be the beginning of something worthy. The short stories in which the main character might be imagining other versions of himself, might be arguing that the reconciliation of opposites or the conflicting tugs we experience in life may not be resolvable in one life, but if one could or does live many lives then perhaps on average, they might even out, but one might need a certain set of skills to appreciate that in any one life in particular.

I found it a most peaceful and delightful book, but then a society who reveres learning and scholarly study is my idea of heaven! Start reading The Glass Bead Game: Every province of the mind finds its concrete expression here, from the arts, to mathematics, to the contemplative disciplines, to the most recondite special sciences. This has made me less well-off than I might have been.

View all 64 comments. Dec 05, Manny rated it liked it Shelves: My favorite part is a poem added at the end, “Stages.

View all 5 comments. Every transition from major to minor in a sonata, every transformation of a myth or a religious cult, every classical or artistic formulation was, I realized in that flashing moment, if seen with a truly meditative mind, nothing but a direct route into the interior of the cosmic mystery, where in the alternation between inhaling and exhaling, between heaven and earth, between Yin and Yang, holiness is forever being created.


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Learn more about Amazon Prime. But Hesse fooled himself, and in his excitement he determined to write a very long novel, and that was a mistake from which there could be no recovery.

So, surrender to the game and surrender to the universe. I would one day be able to play the Game. This was by no means an easy read and i took my time with it. The goal of Castalia is to give concrete expression to the unity of the mind in all its manifold manifestations.


It is an enclosed place in which this mwgister has deposited for safe-keeping all the greatest values of the spirit in a hermetically-sealed harmony immune from the ravages of worldly change. Jun 17, Ben Winch rated it it was amazing Shelves: This book could have some hugely profound points.

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The first part was a parody of those ‘history of the saints’ that appear so often and so frequently in all religious traditions. I was left being unsure all of the novel was even included. Through this sacrificial renunciation of his calling, Knecht the servant resembles Nietzsche’s Zarathustra and the Buddha, both of whom had to leave the clear beauty of the heights in order to return to the uncaring world in order to offer it their unwanted hedmann.

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My review is not about the novel. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. He succeeds, but the end product is boring. There was nothing about that. Though if you are a bit bored and wanna pick up a page book to see what it is like, go for it!