At the time of reading this was my favorite Hesse book and indeed it is probably his uintessential novel the one to recommend for anyone wanting to check him out I have iven away copies of it for this purpose to several persons over the yearsContrary to the description in Wikipedia I read the novel from the perspective of Goldmund being lost and then found Seduced by the snares of the world he leaves the peace of the monastic life for a life of trial and error ultimately as an old man returning to where he began Since in his case experience led to trial and error ultimately as an old man returning to where he began Since in his case experience led to Goldmund represented to me the via positiva the path to enlightenment which leads through lovingly appropriated experience while Narcissus remaining behind in the monastery represented the via negativa the path to enlightenment obtained by critical thinking and contemplative withdrawal This the essential identity behind two ostensibly very different paths along life s way reminded me also of the two main schools of Buddhism the big and little boats Mahayana and Hinayana Buddhism One is also reminded of the same distinction when
The Lives Of Christianlives of Christian as different at Francis of Assisi and Simeon of the Desert are sympathetically compared There is truth to itThis is not to say that the reference made by the Wikipedia writer to Nietzsche s Apollonian and Dionysian is incorrect Given the intellectual influences obtaining in Hesse s circles and the nature of his missionary family it is likely that both were considered My own reading was influenced by having studied mysticism by this time and not yet having read Nietzsche s The Birth of TragedyWhat I really like about Hermann Hesse here and elsewhere is that he really cared cared about people cared about culture and cared about the natural world 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 He wrote to the better side of our natures both emotional and intellectual I am so Atlantic Double-Cross: American Literature and British Influence in the Age of Emerson glad that young people are still reading him despite the many years which have passed since his lastreat work The Glass Bead Game in 1943 Narcissus and Goldmund as I look back on it now in my old age far from my youthful love for it is one of Hesse s near misses Close but no cigar as they used to say at the Fair This novel could have been perfect But no it misses the boat At least to someone older and wiserWhy To find that out let s Awakening Spaces: French Caribbean Popular Songs, Music, and Culture go back to the medieval era in which this book is setThere once was an almost Narcissus back then His name was Desiderius Erasmus A Catholic and Monkishentleman and a scholar of the world he acted as a facilitator for the catholicism of Catholicism and as a friend of Church nobility and peacemaker He purportedly was a friend of poor ordinary souls It s true I think that he envied their spontaneous easeHe wanted you see to silence his own b te noire Martin Luther an almost Goldmund You see Luther was an semi innocent like Goldmund who was impulsive and passionate like his real life archetype And both Luther and his fictional doppelg nger Goldmund were deeply conflicted And Luther like Goldmund was ready to suffer eternal torment if needs be for following his own star Erasmus NeverAnd spontaneous And Erasmus was notFor if in conflicted souls spontaneity is dammed up in the heart the result is spiritual entropyThere though the near similarity ends and while Goldmund s outlet was art Luther s was the defence of simple faith and warm married loveIf Erasmus nearly approximates to the coolly rational but envious NarcissusHesse is ALSO a Narcissus like Erasmus A wannabe free spiritA sophisticated pan European man of the world he resented and perhaps envied passionate mystical artists like Rainer Maria Rilke and his own creation Goldmund These are men who live by the free spiritual self replenishment of pure inspirationRilke like Luther and Goldmund could do no wrong in the eyes of his admirers He could also do as he liked And did it though always within the bounds of decency Like the other two he was also conflictedAs we see in his reat final Duino ElegiesAnd that masterpiece shows like Luther and Goldmund before him he could be mystical in a way few other men wereFew men and that includes HesseHesse was partly a lie to the world for he like so many was precisely and tormentedly that to himself He wasn t an. Guldmund bliver ikke nogen from asketisk munk i klosteret Mariabronn som vennen Narcis Han flygter ud i verden en vandrer
Hermann Hesse ✓ 6 ReadN the cloister takes his vows and devotes to a monastic life Goldmund earthly and taken hold of by the beauty of women leaves the cloister to undertake an endless search for worldly salvation Narcissus is the teacher the pious and the man of God Goldmund is the lover the artist and the creator of beautiful thingsThe author does a reat job of showing living dichotomy between the two friendsI was very moved by the story of venturing out into the world discovering new people and places and only
To Discover Yourself Onlydiscover yourself Only doing so you always end up back where you started For me it was like when people say you always Alliance Rising: The Hinder Stars I (Alliance-Union Universe) go back to the beginning in some fashion or another That was my interpretation of the story you always come full circle in lifeI truly enjoyed this story and would definitely recommend it Thanks This is not a review This is an expression ofratitude Enlightened does not begin to describe the feeling one ets when eyes see mind is set in motion and images are processed into thoughts that seed the way we look at everything We SEE everything in a new light at least for as long as we remember what is important what makes a difference The beginning of our true life I suppose all we can ask of our mind is for a few moments of enlightenment at a time And to remember Too much would be overkill too little starvation Let us be comforted with whatever ration of enlightenment we are allowed Let us not forget that we are allowed these moments we are not entitled them Herr Hesse with your beautiful words you allowed me to imagine enlightenment to see to take nothing for ranted When I was a child my parents used to
punish me for my bad actions in their own way I often hadme for my bad actions in their own way I often had prohibition of reading for a week Of course I wasn t so nerd at that time and together with reading there could be no tv no bmx rides with friends no late night awake and all sorts of normal don tsBut the worst one was definitely the no reading weekLater in my teenage years I remember how my mum was very lad about my reading activity but not particularly interested in influencing that favourite pastime of mine with her tips As far as I remember the only exception was Narcissus and GoldmundMum I read Candide How nice it wasGood for you But you should rather read Narcissus and GoldmundMum The Buddenbrooks is very interesting What a surpriseVery well Yet you would appreciate Narcissus and GoldmundMum I have to admit it Rosshalde is kind of interestingYes But that s nothing compared to Narcissus and Goldmund you might read itMum this Elective affinities is a masterpiece of romanticismI know but why don t you read Narcissus and Goldmund You must do itOk I resisted for many years When I was younger I never liked when people were forcing me to read anything At school in family Then came my late twenties and I finally capitulated I took Narcissus and Goldmund in my hands Albeit twenties and I finally capitulated I took Narcissus and Goldmund in my hands Albeit awful terrifying front cover raphic chosen by the Italian editor think about the name Hesse wrote in the same style way and colours of the notorious Esso logo on a rey background I decided to leaf through the book pagesI was really surprised After managing to win over the first philosophical part of the novel that I found a bit too slow I discovered a surprisingly libertine book Not that bad of course but exactly the opposite I would have expected as a tip from my mum Eventually Narcissus and Goldmund was an involving reading Although I think that sometimes Hesse stumbles on the thin line between allegory and parody this book worths a reading I like the historical yet undetermined contest of the book even if the Goldmund character doesn t look that realistic to me The way Goldmund walks around the world is very Candidesue and picaresue and I do like this sort of moodAt the same time Herman Hesse is accurate and in my opinion does a better job in picturing Narcissus who at least behaves as a man in his adulthood rather than a whimsical naive boy as Goldmund stays for the whole book without having a real evolution despite all the life and sexual experiences he had I know this won t be appreciated by those who consider this book formative but the same comeback of Goldmund to the monastery where he spent his earlier pious years looks like a defeat than as an inner development of him Now I just wonder if my mum wished to make a Narcissus or a Goldmund out of me Frankly I m a bit scared to ask he. Ed Men døden eksisterer altid i hans nærhedEn ung mands forsøg på at realisere livet uden borgerlig binding Ole Hyltoft. ,
Ingenuous mystical uy like Rilke And perhaps his outr habits like those of the protagonist of Demian bound his soul to self contradiction And the complications of Narcissus or ErasmusBut a he was a true barometer of his timesAnd that is the reason this near masterpiece is close but no cigar he TRIES too hard for perfection Perfection wasn t to Rilke like an endless Glass Bead
Game but rather like being out on the open water of imagination and feeling the Pneuma of Inspiration catch yourbut rather like being out on the open water of imagination and feeling the Pneuma of Inspiration catch your must you see come from the heart but it can t with HessePerhaps Hesse s Heart was just too constricted and dark a place Because it was formed of his endless anxieties and boredom which NEVER ave him Answers of the Spirit but only Excuses for possible Escape and further intellectual exploration Like Erasmus while Luther s Faith was a constant Breeze from a sincere Heart How frustratingAnd the heart has its reasons of which the brain knows nothingThat at least is one old uy s two cents worthEven though as a kid I LOVED it lulled by its twin themes of rebellion and creativityBut I hadn t then seen the Source of those two Inspiring emotionsIn the very Life Force that moves the Universe But I now Narcissus and Goldmund tells the narrative of two men although Goldmund Birth and Fortune: The Impact of Numbers on Personal Welfare gets a chunk of the story each seeking a higher fulfillment in his own way The novel chronicles the life of an aimless wanderer breaking free and one strongly binded Can I just say that I absolutely love Hermann Hesse For me his words speak directly to my soul I have never exclusively followed an author except Hesse He is absolutely brilliant and his works are so nuanced to the point where they only mean anything to the reader unless they can relate in some profound way I have now finished all of his major works and I must say bravo All of his books are about the turmoil and duality of the human soul He speaks my language My nextoal is to learn German so I can read his books again in his native tongueGoldmund and Narcissus is about that duality except in the form of two separate characters One is a thinker the other a feeler one values rationality and reason and the other values intuition One lives in the world of abstract ideas and the other in the world of sensuality and the senses One lives the life of a duty bound priest the other an Artist Neither is held in higher regard over the other Both struggle to find the meaning of their nature I especially enjoyed the part where Narcissus talks about when someone who is meant to be an artist tries to live the life of a thinker evil ensues There is danger in trying to force themselves into that false role He calls the artist thinker a mystic Thinkers and artists alike have their place in the world
and neither should think they are superior to the other for they areneither should think they are superior to the other for they are of each other This was truly a magical reading experience for me It came out of nowhere I d never heard of this particular title before despite my bibliophilic tendencies and I had always avoided reading Hesse out of some nonsense premonition that I wouldn t enjoy his writing style I was so wrong about that last partA dear friend loaned this book to me while I was Narzi und Goldmund Death and the Lover Narcissus and Goldmund Hermann HesseNarcissus and Goldmund is a novel written by the German Swiss author Hermann Hesse which was first published in 1930 At its publication Narcissus and Goldmund was considered Hesse s literary triumph chronologically it follows Steppenwolf Narcissus and Goldmund is the story of a young man Goldmund who wanders aimlessly throughout Medieval Germany after leaving a Catholic monastery school in search of what could be described as the meaning of life or rather the meaning of his life 2008 1350 425 1384 1385 368 9643622606 1385 400 964477132 Artist Smartist We fear death we shudder at life s instability we Island Girls (and Boys) grieve to see the flowers wilt and the leaves fall and in our hearts we know that we too are transitory and will soon disappear When artists create pictures and thinkers search for laws and formulate thoughts it is in order to salvage something from thereat dance of death to make something last longer than we do I enjoyed Hermann Hesse s novel of two medieval German men The story centers on two friends Narcissus and Goldmund The two meet and become friends early in the cloister Narcissus matures and finds his path Den hjem og mål beruset af friheden og eventyret Overalt hænger kvinderne ved ham og selv får han aldrig nok af kærligh.