Hermann Hesse

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I would rank the four I've read (all worth reading, by the way):

1. Steppenwolf.
2. A Journey to the East
3. Narcisuss and Goldmun.
4. Siddartha.

Mayor Maynot, Thursday, 28 April 2005 16:01 (eighteen years ago) link

I would go with "Demian". I thoroughly enjoyed reading that one.

schmutzie, Thursday, 28 April 2005 16:04 (eighteen years ago) link

I thought Glass Bead Gane was excellent and also Nacissus and Goldmund, but that Steppenwolf was not so good, once you'd got past the central idea of what was going on. Probably N & G is the best one to start on, but it's quite a while since I read them.

andyjack (andyjack), Friday, 29 April 2005 06:56 (eighteen years ago) link

one month passes...
If you like Siddartha, you may also enjoy "The Pilgrim Kamanita" by Karl Gjellerup. Though I have no idea how many copies have been printed for english-speaking countries back then. And how many there are available nowadays.

Some facts about Karl Gjellerup i stumbled across while looking for the engish title:

Docolero (Docolero), Monday, 30 May 2005 19:29 (eighteen years ago) link

two months pass...
it surely wouldn't take much out of me but for some reason i've nevertheless been putting off reading any hesse, for years now. i sometimes wonder if it has to do with his reputed and perhaps actual appeal to the actually and spiritually adolescent. but having come across discussion of the novel that places hesse's as 'lyric novels' (not just a description of the prose style but a formal variant on the novel, not hesse's alone) kind of made them more appealing.

Josh (Josh), Saturday, 27 August 2005 05:28 (eighteen years ago) link

i haven't read any since freshman yr. of highschool where me and jm had an english teacher that was all about this guy so i read a buncha others besides the one assigned -- demian?

they seemed kinda goofy and turned me off coz i wanted BIG REVELATIONS and instead got dippy spiritual ones, even tho i felt like they promised the other. a sorta like zen that was too broken to be profound.

but reading them again at a difft. level for historic context etc. might... might prove to be interesting.

Sterling Clover (s_clover), Saturday, 27 August 2005 05:39 (eighteen years ago) link

well i certainly wouldn't mind the small piece they would add to my understanding of german literature.

Josh (Josh), Saturday, 27 August 2005 06:13 (eighteen years ago) link

three years pass...

what do yall niggas think of siddhartha

a narwhal done gored my sister nell (cankles), Sunday, 23 August 2009 05:37 (fourteen years ago) link

I need to read this. Fortunately i bought an older edition--the current one has an introduction by master-dickhead Paulo Coelho

When two tribes go to war, he always gets picked last (James Morrison), Monday, 24 August 2009 00:41 (fourteen years ago) link

loved 'siddhartha' in high school. own a couple others that i'd like to read.

(The Other) J.D. (J.D.), Friday, 28 August 2009 03:58 (fourteen years ago) link

three years pass...


just sayin, Monday, 8 October 2012 16:54 (ten years ago) link

ten years pass...


calstars, Friday, 28 April 2023 23:38 (five months ago) link

I read a book more than a decade ago that made extensive reference to The Glass Bead Game, which I picked up because of that other book and which I could not get more than about 75 pages into. It bothers me that I can't remember what the other book was.

immodesty blaise (jimbeaux), Sunday, 30 April 2023 00:45 (five months ago) link

I didn’t make it any farther either

calstars, Sunday, 30 April 2023 01:01 (five months ago) link

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