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نارتسیس و گلدموند ➷ [Reading] ➹ نارتسیس و گلدموند By Hermann Hesse ➬ – Capitalsoftworks.co.uk First published in , Narcissus and Goldmund is the story of two diametrically opposite men one, an ascetic monk firm in his religious commitment, and the other, a romantic youth hungry for worldly exp First published in , Narcissus and Goldmund is the story of two diametrically opposite men one, an ascetic monk firm in his religious commitment, and the other, a romantic youth hungry for worldly experienceHesse was a great writer in precisely the modern sense complex, subtle, allusive alive to the importance of play Narcissus and Goldmund is his very best What makes this short book so limitlessly vast is the body and soul shaking debate that runs through it, which it has نارتسیس و Kindle - the honesty and courage not to resolve between the flesh and spirit, art and scientific or religious speculation, action and contemplation.


10 thoughts on “نارتسیس و گلدموند

  1. Erik Graff Erik Graff says:

    At the time of reading, this was my favorite Hesse book and, indeed, it is probably his quintessential novel, the one to recommend for anyone wanting to check him out I have given away copies of it for this purpose to several persons over the years.Contrary 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 m At the time of reading, this was my favorite Hesse book and, indeed, it is probably his quintessential novel, the one to recommend for anyone wanting to check him out I have given away copies of it for this purpose to several persons over the years.Contrary 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 wisdom, 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 Christian saints as different at Francis of Assisi and Simeon of the Desert are sympathetically compared There is truth to it.This 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 Tragedy.What 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 glad that young people are still reading him despite the many years which have passed since his last great work, The Glass Bead Game, in 1943


  2. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    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 coul 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


  3. Fergus Fergus says:

    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 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 Monkish gentleman and a schol 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 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 Monkish gentleman 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 ease He 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 Never And spontaneous And Erasmus was not.For if in conflicted souls spontaneity is dammed up in the heart the result is spiritual entropy There, though, the near similarity ends and while Goldmund s outlet was art, Luther s was the defence of simple faith and warm married love.If Erasmusnearly approximates to the coolly rational but envious NarcissusHesse is ALSO a Narcissus, like Erasmus A wannabe free spirit A 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 inspiration Rilke, 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 conflicted As we see in his great, final Duino Elegies.And that masterpiece shows, like Luther and Goldmund before him, he could be mystical in a way few other men were.Few men, and that includes Hesse.Hesse was partly a lie to the world, for he, like so many, was precisely and tormentedly that to himself He wasn t an ingenuous, mystical guy 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 Erasmus.But a he was a true barometer of his times.And 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 your sails.It must, you see, come from the heart but it can t, with Hesse.Perhaps Hesse s Heart was just too constricted and dark a place Because it was formed of his endless anxieties and boredom, which NEVER gave 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 frustrating And the heart has its reasons, of which the brain knows nothing That, at least, is one old guy s two cents worth.Even though, as a kid, I LOVED it, lulled by its twin themes of rebellion and creativity.But I hadn t then seen the Source of those two Inspiring emotionsIn the very Life Force that moves the Universe But I do now


  4. Perry Perry says:

    Artist, Smartist We fear death, we shudder at life s instability, we 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 the great dance of death, to make something last longer than we do. Probably the most vivid contrast I ve read between, on one hand, the beauty of the skin, visual ar Artist, Smartist We fear death, we shudder at life s instability, we 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 the great dance of death, to make something last longer than we do. Probably the most vivid contrast I ve read between, on one hand, the beauty of the skin, visual art and sensual pleasures, and, on the other, the splendors of the spirit, stability, science and logic.Herman Hesse s brilliant philosophical novel 1930 involves two friends in medieval Germany Largely metaphorical, this has the feel of a cautionary fairy tale with no true compass as to geography or time The story begins when Goldmund, a student, and Narcissus, a teacher only a few years older, become friends at a cloister school At first, Goldmund earnestly focuses on his studies, but then a few fellow students invite him to go off campus, where he s seduced by a young Gypsy girl From that day forward, his mind never wanders far from thoughts of women, their sheer beauty and the pleasures of the senses He leaves and on his journeys he has numerous affairs with women of all ages, statuses and sizes similar to Wilt Chamberlain in legion and legend All women find him irresistible Yes, the novel is sexist Goldmund falls for the first young lady to say no, loses her to the serpent of lust for her younger, prettier sister, and then travels far and wide He settles to become a sculptor for several years, able to brilliantly capture the beauty he has seen He becomes restless, continues his travels and runs into the unmitigated ugliness of the Black Death I ll add noso 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 This is an excellent classic


  5. Steven Godin Steven Godin says:

    Narcissus and Goldmund tells the narrative of two men although Goldmund gets a bigger 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 to faith living in the Mariabronn monastery The novel is both a journey and an awakening that takes the reader over the course of many decades Living in a hidden cloister in medieval Germany, Narcissus is a most learned and pious young acolyte purs Narcissus and Goldmund tells the narrative of two men although Goldmund gets a bigger 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 to faith living in the Mariabronn monastery The novel is both a journey and an awakening that takes the reader over the course of many decades Living in a hidden cloister in medieval Germany, Narcissus is a most learned and pious young acolyte pursuing knowledge, and the contemplation of logic, philosophy and theology When the younger boy Goldmund arrives at the cloister, he recognizes him as his counterpart, his opposite Reckless, wild and passionate Narcissus is fascinated with the boy, and takes him under his wing Goldmund makes other friends, but none becomes as dear to him as Narcissus A great bond is set in place But Goldmund comes to realize that his fate does not lie solely with the Church, but with the wider lands It s his nature to seek pleasure and joy from God s creation All bought on after sneaking off to a village and receiving a kiss from a young Gypsy He feels remorse, but wants , as his virgin heart aches to pursue this love affair With this he opens up into his true self, and wishes to leave the confinements of Mariabronn After Narcissus gives his blessing and releases his friend out into the wide world, the novel truly takes hold.And so begins Goldmund s travels as vagrant Wandering around the country for years he discovers the ways of love, and seduces countless women He would encounter death and violence, the beauty of art and labor, and the agonizing sadness of loss He makes friends, but also enemies, and later witnesses the horrors of the ghastly plague He does not live in the world of the mind, but in the physical world of love, music, art and mortality After many years apart Goldmund and Narcissus reunite and discuss their differing lives 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 But Goldmund fails to understand because he is forever rooted in the rich earth, in life, and cannot cross the barrier into a pure thought, an imagination without objects and images Each man seems to occupy one side of the other This is the reason for their strong friendship and understanding of one another, both are somehow incomplete But together, they become closer to enlightenment, closer to hard clay than to wet sand Hesse s poetic and emotive medieval coming of age story reads as the quintessential novel on the pains and euphoria of adolescence, forming a deep lifelong friendship, and succumbing to the desires of the opposite sex, of which, after years stuck in a Monastery, it s a case of making up for lost time Even though there are many layers to this book fairytale qualities, existentialism, philosophy, love and passion, and religion, it reads surprising easily, a world away from Steppenwolf Hesse s enriched prose and beautifully ladened descriptions of the landscapes, had a slight resemblance to the writings Knut Hamsun, and for a novel first published in 1930 and set in Medieval Germany it still felt remarkably fresh, as it simply deals with the universal problems of growing up and finding one s true worth in the world Regardless of place and time Narcissus and Goldmund is ultimately a raging battle between the body and mind and the plague , a pandora s box of contemplation, and a novel that lingered strongly well after it s closing pages


  6. Hans Hans says:

    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 next goal is to learn Ge 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 next goal is to learn German so I can read his books again in his native tongue.Goldmund 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 are antithesis of each other


  7. Brett C Brett C says:

    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 in a 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, the man of God and Goldmund is the lover, the artist and 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 in a 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, the man of God and Goldmund is the lover, the artist and the creator of beautiful things.The author does a great job of showing living dichotomy between the two friends.I was very moved by the story of venturing out into the world, discovering new people and places, and only to discover yourself Only in doing so you always end up back where you started For me it was like when people say you always go back to the beginning in some fashion or another That was my interpretation of the story you always come full circle in life.I truly enjoyed this story and would definitely recommend it Thanks


  8. Nefariousbig Nefariousbig says:

    This is not a review This is an expression of gratitude Enlightened does not begin to describe the feeling one gets 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 This is not a review This is an expression of gratitude Enlightened does not begin to describe the feeling one gets 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 granted


  9. Lorenzo Berardi Lorenzo Berardi says:

    When I was a child my parents used to punish me for my bad actions in their own way I often had the 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 ts.But the worst one was definitely the no reading week.Later in my teenage years, I remember how my mum was very glad about my reading activity, but not particularly interested in influencing that When I was a child my parents used to punish me for my bad actions in their own way I often had the 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 ts.But the worst one was definitely the no reading week.Later in my teenage years, I remember how my mum was very glad 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 Goldmund Mum, I read Candide How nice it was Good for you But you should rather read Narcissus and Goldmund Mum, The Buddenbrooks is very interesting What a surprise Very well Yet, you would appreciateNarcissus and Goldmund Mum, I have to admit it Rosshalde is kind of interesting Yes But that s nothing compared to Narcissus and Goldmund you might read it Mum, this Elective affinities is a masterpiece of romanticism I know, but why don t you read Narcissus and Goldmund You must do it Ok, 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 the awful, terrifying front cover graphic 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 grey background I decided to leaf through the book pages.I 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 Candidesque and picaresque and I do like this sort of mood.At the same time, Herman Hesse isaccurate 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 lookslike 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 her


  10. Katy Kennedy Katy Kennedy says:

    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 part.A dear friend loaned this book to me while I was hospitalized last spring The hideous front cover was held on by a thread, and didn t even make it to the finish line The pages were brown 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 part.A dear friend loaned this book to me while I was hospitalized last spring The hideous front cover was held on by a thread, and didn t even make it to the finish line The pages were brown, marked up It was slow going at first, with all the endless conversations about monastery life, and I ended up putting it on hold But at least I had enough sense to realize it was my less than ideal reading environment, combined with my slipshod state of mind at the time, to know that it wasn t the book itself, but the circumstances surrounding my reading of it.When I picked it up again, my affection for Narcissus and Goldmund was almost immediate Set in medieval Germany, this book is not exactly a fantasy, but it has that sense of timelessness that I imagine characterizes epic fantasy It explores huge themes duality, the human longing for purpose, aging and mortality, the nature of art, the conflict between flesh and spirit I d probably be able to explain it better if I had readphilosophy texts in college The philosophical musings don t feel ultra ponderous they re luscious and they flow and they feel intrinsic to the story This whole book is sensual as fuck Goldmund is a ladies man, dedicating his young adulthood to the art of seduction and the pleasures of the flesh The depictions of women are sometimes problematic although I do commend Hesse for never buying into the whole virgin whore dichotomy but this was such a small grievance for me that it didn t ruin my experience.I won t belabor my review with a plot summary It s best to just dip your feet straight into the warm bath of its bewitching language


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10 thoughts on “نارتسیس و گلدموند

  1. Erik Graff Erik Graff says:

    At the time of reading, this was my favorite Hesse book and, indeed, it is probably his quintessential novel, the one to recommend for anyone wanting to check him out I have given away copies of it for this purpose to several persons over the years.Contrary 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 m At the time of reading, this was my favorite Hesse book and, indeed, it is probably his quintessential novel, the one to recommend for anyone wanting to check him out I have given away copies of it for this purpose to several persons over the years.Contrary 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 wisdom, 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 Christian saints as different at Francis of Assisi and Simeon of the Desert are sympathetically compared There is truth to it.This 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 Tragedy.What 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 glad that young people are still reading him despite the many years which have passed since his last great work, The Glass Bead Game, in 1943

  2. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    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 coul 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

  3. Fergus Fergus says:

    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 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 Monkish gentleman and a schol 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 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 Monkish gentleman 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 ease He 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 Never And spontaneous And Erasmus was not.For if in conflicted souls spontaneity is dammed up in the heart the result is spiritual entropy There, though, the near similarity ends and while Goldmund s outlet was art, Luther s was the defence of simple faith and warm married love.If Erasmusnearly approximates to the coolly rational but envious NarcissusHesse is ALSO a Narcissus, like Erasmus A wannabe free spirit A 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 inspiration Rilke, 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 conflicted As we see in his great, final Duino Elegies.And that masterpiece shows, like Luther and Goldmund before him, he could be mystical in a way few other men were.Few men, and that includes Hesse.Hesse was partly a lie to the world, for he, like so many, was precisely and tormentedly that to himself He wasn t an ingenuous, mystical guy 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 Erasmus.But a he was a true barometer of his times.And 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 your sails.It must, you see, come from the heart but it can t, with Hesse.Perhaps Hesse s Heart was just too constricted and dark a place Because it was formed of his endless anxieties and boredom, which NEVER gave 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 frustrating And the heart has its reasons, of which the brain knows nothing That, at least, is one old guy s two cents worth.Even though, as a kid, I LOVED it, lulled by its twin themes of rebellion and creativity.But I hadn t then seen the Source of those two Inspiring emotionsIn the very Life Force that moves the Universe But I do now

  4. Perry Perry says:

    Artist, Smartist We fear death, we shudder at life s instability, we 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 the great dance of death, to make something last longer than we do. Probably the most vivid contrast I ve read between, on one hand, the beauty of the skin, visual ar Artist, Smartist We fear death, we shudder at life s instability, we 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 the great dance of death, to make something last longer than we do. Probably the most vivid contrast I ve read between, on one hand, the beauty of the skin, visual art and sensual pleasures, and, on the other, the splendors of the spirit, stability, science and logic.Herman Hesse s brilliant philosophical novel 1930 involves two friends in medieval Germany Largely metaphorical, this has the feel of a cautionary fairy tale with no true compass as to geography or time The story begins when Goldmund, a student, and Narcissus, a teacher only a few years older, become friends at a cloister school At first, Goldmund earnestly focuses on his studies, but then a few fellow students invite him to go off campus, where he s seduced by a young Gypsy girl From that day forward, his mind never wanders far from thoughts of women, their sheer beauty and the pleasures of the senses He leaves and on his journeys he has numerous affairs with women of all ages, statuses and sizes similar to Wilt Chamberlain in legion and legend All women find him irresistible Yes, the novel is sexist Goldmund falls for the first young lady to say no, loses her to the serpent of lust for her younger, prettier sister, and then travels far and wide He settles to become a sculptor for several years, able to brilliantly capture the beauty he has seen He becomes restless, continues his travels and runs into the unmitigated ugliness of the Black Death I ll add noso 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 This is an excellent classic

  5. Steven Godin Steven Godin says:

    Narcissus and Goldmund tells the narrative of two men although Goldmund gets a bigger 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 to faith living in the Mariabronn monastery The novel is both a journey and an awakening that takes the reader over the course of many decades Living in a hidden cloister in medieval Germany, Narcissus is a most learned and pious young acolyte purs Narcissus and Goldmund tells the narrative of two men although Goldmund gets a bigger 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 to faith living in the Mariabronn monastery The novel is both a journey and an awakening that takes the reader over the course of many decades Living in a hidden cloister in medieval Germany, Narcissus is a most learned and pious young acolyte pursuing knowledge, and the contemplation of logic, philosophy and theology When the younger boy Goldmund arrives at the cloister, he recognizes him as his counterpart, his opposite Reckless, wild and passionate Narcissus is fascinated with the boy, and takes him under his wing Goldmund makes other friends, but none becomes as dear to him as Narcissus A great bond is set in place But Goldmund comes to realize that his fate does not lie solely with the Church, but with the wider lands It s his nature to seek pleasure and joy from God s creation All bought on after sneaking off to a village and receiving a kiss from a young Gypsy He feels remorse, but wants , as his virgin heart aches to pursue this love affair With this he opens up into his true self, and wishes to leave the confinements of Mariabronn After Narcissus gives his blessing and releases his friend out into the wide world, the novel truly takes hold.And so begins Goldmund s travels as vagrant Wandering around the country for years he discovers the ways of love, and seduces countless women He would encounter death and violence, the beauty of art and labor, and the agonizing sadness of loss He makes friends, but also enemies, and later witnesses the horrors of the ghastly plague He does not live in the world of the mind, but in the physical world of love, music, art and mortality After many years apart Goldmund and Narcissus reunite and discuss their differing lives 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 But Goldmund fails to understand because he is forever rooted in the rich earth, in life, and cannot cross the barrier into a pure thought, an imagination without objects and images Each man seems to occupy one side of the other This is the reason for their strong friendship and understanding of one another, both are somehow incomplete But together, they become closer to enlightenment, closer to hard clay than to wet sand Hesse s poetic and emotive medieval coming of age story reads as the quintessential novel on the pains and euphoria of adolescence, forming a deep lifelong friendship, and succumbing to the desires of the opposite sex, of which, after years stuck in a Monastery, it s a case of making up for lost time Even though there are many layers to this book fairytale qualities, existentialism, philosophy, love and passion, and religion, it reads surprising easily, a world away from Steppenwolf Hesse s enriched prose and beautifully ladened descriptions of the landscapes, had a slight resemblance to the writings Knut Hamsun, and for a novel first published in 1930 and set in Medieval Germany it still felt remarkably fresh, as it simply deals with the universal problems of growing up and finding one s true worth in the world Regardless of place and time Narcissus and Goldmund is ultimately a raging battle between the body and mind and the plague , a pandora s box of contemplation, and a novel that lingered strongly well after it s closing pages

  6. Hans Hans says:

    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 next goal is to learn Ge 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 next goal is to learn German so I can read his books again in his native tongue.Goldmund 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 are antithesis of each other

  7. Brett C Brett C says:

    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 in a 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, the man of God and Goldmund is the lover, the artist and 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 in a 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, the man of God and Goldmund is the lover, the artist and the creator of beautiful things.The author does a great job of showing living dichotomy between the two friends.I was very moved by the story of venturing out into the world, discovering new people and places, and only to discover yourself Only in doing so you always end up back where you started For me it was like when people say you always go back to the beginning in some fashion or another That was my interpretation of the story you always come full circle in life.I truly enjoyed this story and would definitely recommend it Thanks

  8. Nefariousbig Nefariousbig says:

    This is not a review This is an expression of gratitude Enlightened does not begin to describe the feeling one gets 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 This is not a review This is an expression of gratitude Enlightened does not begin to describe the feeling one gets 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 granted

  9. Lorenzo Berardi Lorenzo Berardi says:

    When I was a child my parents used to punish me for my bad actions in their own way I often had the 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 ts.But the worst one was definitely the no reading week.Later in my teenage years, I remember how my mum was very glad about my reading activity, but not particularly interested in influencing that When I was a child my parents used to punish me for my bad actions in their own way I often had the 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 ts.But the worst one was definitely the no reading week.Later in my teenage years, I remember how my mum was very glad 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 Goldmund Mum, I read Candide How nice it was Good for you But you should rather read Narcissus and Goldmund Mum, The Buddenbrooks is very interesting What a surprise Very well Yet, you would appreciateNarcissus and Goldmund Mum, I have to admit it Rosshalde is kind of interesting Yes But that s nothing compared to Narcissus and Goldmund you might read it Mum, this Elective affinities is a masterpiece of romanticism I know, but why don t you read Narcissus and Goldmund You must do it Ok, 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 the awful, terrifying front cover graphic 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 grey background I decided to leaf through the book pages.I 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 Candidesque and picaresque and I do like this sort of mood.At the same time, Herman Hesse isaccurate 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 lookslike 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 her

  10. Katy Kennedy Katy Kennedy says:

    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 part.A dear friend loaned this book to me while I was hospitalized last spring The hideous front cover was held on by a thread, and didn t even make it to the finish line The pages were brown 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 part.A dear friend loaned this book to me while I was hospitalized last spring The hideous front cover was held on by a thread, and didn t even make it to the finish line The pages were brown, marked up It was slow going at first, with all the endless conversations about monastery life, and I ended up putting it on hold But at least I had enough sense to realize it was my less than ideal reading environment, combined with my slipshod state of mind at the time, to know that it wasn t the book itself, but the circumstances surrounding my reading of it.When I picked it up again, my affection for Narcissus and Goldmund was almost immediate Set in medieval Germany, this book is not exactly a fantasy, but it has that sense of timelessness that I imagine characterizes epic fantasy It explores huge themes duality, the human longing for purpose, aging and mortality, the nature of art, the conflict between flesh and spirit I d probably be able to explain it better if I had readphilosophy texts in college The philosophical musings don t feel ultra ponderous they re luscious and they flow and they feel intrinsic to the story This whole book is sensual as fuck Goldmund is a ladies man, dedicating his young adulthood to the art of seduction and the pleasures of the flesh The depictions of women are sometimes problematic although I do commend Hesse for never buying into the whole virgin whore dichotomy but this was such a small grievance for me that it didn t ruin my experience.I won t belabor my review with a plot summary It s best to just dip your feet straight into the warm bath of its bewitching language

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