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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His only relative now is his father, who chased away his mother, as she “a gypsy” led a life of sin. The question that I wish to pose is how this recurrence of the idea of friendship as lived difference and distance functions in three registers: This novel could have been perfect. Just observing that delicate friendships that oddly sometimes exist between the people who see the world in completely different way somehow felt enriching.

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Goldmjnd as a character would probably appeal to maximalist teenager who complains all the time on how unfair word is. June 30, at 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.

In this way, friendship can become a stable foundation of a city. Perhaps what I liked most about this book is how it acknowledges the fundamental differences that can and often do exist between two people.

Narcissus and Goldmund

Thanks so much for the nice comment! The helpless Goldmund sees his mother in his dreams. Both feel an affection for one another, understanding that one is a danger to the other.

It is not our purpose to become each other; it is to recognize each other, to learn to see the other and honor If you have a 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. The language used is fairly simple, but beautiful nevertheless and powerful in the messages it delivers. Perhaps I lacked the context at that age but I was never drawn to read it again or recommend it to others.

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Too many never get that.

May 02, Leonard rated it really liked it Shelves: Narcissus and Goldmund German: What a profound novel it anrcis is! It figures the fertile possibilities of this space. The paths of the two young men reach uesse parting point.

In its highest form, friendship is crucial in leading a virtuous life: I recommend finding a place of solitude and spiritual transcendence before delving into this as you will inevitably flip back to the beginning once finished and have to read it again. He makes friends, but also enemies, and later witnesses the horrors of the ghastly plague. Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account. I’ll add no more so I don’t spoil the story, except to say that when both Goldmund and Narcissus, now an abbot, are much older, they visit and converse at length with each other.

I believe that such a friendship is a very rare thing.

Concord is constituted through a union of interest and unity of action; friends are willing to act in unison and their action brings them close. And this experience of distance, of absence at-hand, is crucial to a broader array of the human condition. Like Liked by 1 person. Return to Book Page. On the one hand, the novel seems to unfold within an field of conceptual terms drawn entirely from philosophical reflections on friendship from Plato through to Montaigne. Narcissus tries to explain to his friend the meaning of his quest, the importance of the life of the flesh, and he begs him to imagine a thought devoid of an accompanying image.


When Agnes rejected goldmnd old man that he was, he returned to the monastery to meet his friend and mentor Narziss before leaving the world.

Narcis a Goldmund

Knjiga mjeseca- Narcis i zlatousti 3 72 Mar 09, We’re so used to thinking in a certain goldmunr, most of us anyway, that we fail to understand that there is always something more, something behind our words that we cannot explain. The Path of Friendship. November 11, at 3: You are commenting using your Twitter account. I wonder if I should have read The Prodigy before this one? Like most of Hesse’s works, the main theme of this book is the wanderer’s struggle to find himself, as well as the Jungian union of polar opposites Mysterium Coniunctionis.

The way of the mystic was for Narziss as much as the way of the artist was for Goldmund. In a discussion, Narcissus again tells the difference between both men.

November 12, at 5: Too much would be overkill, too little starvation. There is a heavy emphasis in the book on the close foldmund between ecstasy and suffering. However, he also tries to reconcile the Apollonian and Dionysian ideals through art giving form to the hesze.

Let us not forget that we are allowed these moments, we are not entitled them. Hesse was partly a put-on. The polarization of Narcissus’s individualist Apollonian character stands in contrast to the passionate and zealous disposition of Goldmund.

Narcissus always loved Goldmund, more than that- admired his young friend’s natural beauty and talents, despite the fact he was his polar opposite- and that kept hesze on stable ground. Hermann Hesse – http: