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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Aug 23, Hans rated it it was amazing Shelves: Without a mother you can’t die. I recommend this book and have done so on many occasions.

He gives up a worldly love and travels on.

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Either one was a man or one was a woman, either a wanderer or a sedentary burgher, either a thinking person or a feeling person — no one could breathe in at the same time hsrmann he breathed out, be a man as well as a woman, experience freedom as well as order, combine instinct and mind. He settles to become a sculptor for several years, able to brilliantly capture the beauty he has seen.

There is a heavy emphasis in the book on the close relationship between ecstasy and suffering. The friendship he described was very touching, but never sentimental. Lory Emerald City Book Review.

It made me rethink great deal of things.

We are all trying to make sense of this world we live it. Not that bad, of course, but exactly the opposite I would have expected as a tip from my mum. Nermann only relative now is his father, who chased away his mother, as she “a gypsy” led a life of sin.

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.

But this book was disappointing. Post was not sent – check your email addresses! Yes, the goldjund is sexist. Out of all, probably the following paragraph left the adequate impression. It is true herann, pure and beautiful. The Labyrinth of Friendship: Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.


One always had to pay for one with narcsi loss of the other, and one thing was always just as important and desirable as the other. This is not surprising because Aristotle in his Nichomachean Ethics and Eudemian Ethics developed both a rich description and a typology of friendship which forms the touchstone of any analysis of friendship to this day.

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But no – it misses the boat. Want to Read Currently Goldmind Read. Was Herman Hesse a Buddhist? Perhaps I lacked the context at that age but I was never drawn to read it again or recommend it to others.

Goldmund only thinks of his mother. I enjoy books in various genres, but especially literary fiction, literature in translation, historical fiction, history, short stories and travel writing and poetry. I mean there is a story to follow, as philosophical as it may be, this novel is never a mere collection of meditations and essays.

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. Finally he hernann reunited with his friend Narcissus, now an abbot, and the two reflect upon the different paths their lives have taken, contrasting the artist with herman thinker.

And in providing an occasion for generosity, the recepient friend is more generous than the giving friend. Siddhartha, by contrast, is a book of spaciousness, light, and liberation. One hermannn had to pay for the one with the loss of goldmud other, and one thing was always just as important and desirable as the other. History itself emerges out of the cloister space.


November 10, at The meaning of words is harder to pin down than we think. However, one might mean different things by saying this. A great bond is set in place. That depends on how you see it, how you define spirituality, this is not a book that will feed you any dogma or give you a set of rules to live by. At its publication, Narcissus and Goldmund was considered Hesse’s literary triumph; chronologically, it follows Steppenwolf. Each man seems to occupy one side of the other.

The fact that man is capable of action means that the unexpected can be expected from him, that is able to perform what is infinitely improbable. Then he naarcis fire to the house and leaves.

At the same time, Herman Hesse is more 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.

Let us be comforted with whatever ration of enlightenment we are allowed. She is both giver and taker away and yet completely and utterly powerless as an entity free of him, the center; she has no option but to be both the beginning and end of goldund.

This makes Goldmund ill and disobedient. I suppose all we can ask of our mind is for a few moments of enlightenment at a time. This shadow of difference or distance runs through, to varying degrees of emphasis, attention and consciousness the entire western tradition of philosophical reflections on friendship. November 12, at 7: