Hesse’s novel of two medieval men, one quietly content with his religion and monastic life, the other in fervent search of more worldly salvation. Goldmund, a novice, enters the monastery. Like Narcissus, Goldmund is very beautiful. Goldmund’s horse stays in the monastery. His only. ‘Narziss and Goldmund’ is a moving, symbolic novel of friendship between a cerebral teacher who becomes a monk (Narziss) and a restless.

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Narcissus is a very talented scholar and it is evident that he will one day serve the church and even become the Abbot of the cloister.

E la risposta, queste persone a cui regalerei il libro, la troverebbero quasi sicuramente in Boccadoro. You are commenting using your WordPress. This is the reason for their strong friendship and understanding of one another, both are somehow incomplete.

Goldmubd have several titles by Herman Hesse on a shelf and he never even occurred to me for German lit month. There once was an almost-Narcissus back then. In fact, he beds so many women, one could reasonably envision this as an outline for a modern porn movie.

The Story of a Youth. I looked on Goodreads. Here he hetmann all he did to a father confessor. It is true emotional, pure and beautiful.

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At least to someone older and wiser This is an excellent classic. Notify me of new comments via email. Narcissus, accepts the joyless labor of his calling because he needs the security and order within the Church. Goldmund and Narcissus have a lengthy dialogue, how God can rule a plague-ridden world like this.


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The story begins when Goldmund, a student, and Narcissus, a teacher only a few years older, become friends at a cloister school. A priest will hear his confession in the early morning. Heswe makes friends, but also goldmumd, and later witnesses the horrors of the ghastly plague. Apr 03, Zeek rated it really liked it Shelves: Pages with related products.

Largely metaphorical, this has the feel of a cautionary fairy tale with no true compass as to geography or time. November 11, at View all 21 comments.

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Notify me of follow-up comments by email. More than bleak considering this is a meditation on the roles of the artist and thinker and never the twain shall meet hessd you in a modern world.

Too many never get that. In a monastery he sees a newly made painting: To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Goldmund conquers the man. Very interesting review of this classic that I read when I was very young.

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He leaves and on his journeys he andd numerous affairs with women of all ages, statuses and sizes similar to Wilt Chamberlain in legion and legend.

Narcissus and Goldmund tells the narrative of two men although Goldmund gets a bigger chunk of the storyeach seeking a higher fulfillment in his own way. But together, they become closer to enlightenment, closer to hard clay than to wet sand. The strongest influence remains that of Plato. Goldmund is presented as an evolving seeker who attempts to embody both Apollonian and Dionysian elements, thus capturing Nietzsche’s conception of the ideal tragedy.

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Anf one is looking for a stream of artistic achievement with a particularly strong relationship to the Middle Way, this seems like one well worth following as a source of inspiration. 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 characters are types in this book but also come alive as individuals. Myself, I prefer the spare prose style of Siddartha.

Could someone please tell me if this book is worth reading, if I previously enjoyed both Siddhartha and Steppenwolf? Did anybody have this sense of immaturity of the main character godlmund think that women were not represented in this story? Antony I bought this because it was the only Hesse at the store they had that I haven’t read yet and it’s great so far.

Goldmund became an artist, which pleases Narcissus: I loved Hesse when I was younger and read pretty much whatever I could get hold of much more than seems to be in print now. These “feminine” and “masculine” qualities are drawn from the Jungian archetypal structure, and is reminiscent of some of his earlier works, especially Demian.

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