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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By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. I like the historical-yet-undetermined contest of the book even if the Goldmund character doesn’t look that realistic to me.

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Thanks so much for your detailed comment! Noi due, caro amico, siamo il sole e la luna, siamo il mare e la terra. So much more refreshing and closer to truth than saying we’re all alike. Exactly there, where the hesxe end, philosophy begins. Jun 18, Lorenzo Berardi rated it liked it Shelves: In other words, the novel, as a literary space, will help create a space conducive of freedom itself, for it is freedom understand as the possibility of unexpected, surprising action which is, to some degree, the product of friendship.

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Narcissus’ love is clearly played out in the final chapter as he tells goldmund how he has always fealt about him. Not that bad, of course, but exactly the opposite I would have expected as a ehsse from my mum.

You are commenting using your Twitter account. So, what are we to make of this divergence?


I see this book as a meditation on the beauty and the power of Art. When Goldmund’s work, a decoration for the lectern in the refectory, is ready, Narcissus uesse it: Maybe Amazon will have the info. It is an experience of friendship and it is co-extensive with philosophical reflection on friendship.

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. This extended allegory on space is more than a mere description of setting.

Narcissus and Goldmund

Martin Luther, an almost-Goldmund. You can’t narcsi without a mother. The first thing to say hessr that this divergence is worth reading; it is a clue that points to a entry point into the text, into the times and into the philosophical tradition concerning friendship. Within the frame of wider debates in the western tradition about the character of friendship as a form of human being together that enables a good life, distance and difference function as a conditions for the a virtuous life to unfold.

foldmund Cicero will understand this spacing amongst the friends using an ocular metaphor: Goldmund always had “a dislike of the abstract”, he always thought in images, but “thinking has nothing to do with images, but with concepts and formulas. This novel did a wonderful job of capturing that and I love it for it. By living distance and difference through friendship, we each, Hesse claims, offer the other the occasion to become more fully ourselves, realizing our potentialities andin so doing, realizing our happiness.

As one x often struggled in the past with this exact same duality- I thoroughly enjoyed this novel- not only did it startle my Narcissus with its alarming insight it appeased the passionate Goldmund in me with it’s bawdiness at times. After one year of learning Goldmund has learned everything.


Interestingly, Hesse uses an interesting plot turn so that the main character doesn’t have to make that choice I’ll leave it at that if you haven’t read it. Thanks so much for the nice comment! Ina translation by Ursule Molinaro was published as Narcissus and Goldmund. We fear death, we shudder at life’s instability, we grieve to see the flowers wilt again and again, and the leaves fall, and in our hearts we know that we, too, are transitory and will soon disappear.

I often had the prohibition of reading for a week.

Narcis a Goldmund

It is here that Hesse diverges most sharply from Aristotle. He is immediately associated with the strange, chestnut tree, emblem of uniqueness and fertility.

When the younger boy Goldmund arrives at the cloister, he recognizes him as his counterpart, his opposite. On the Occasion of Friendship. Throughout Germany, many schools are named after him. Such an understanding implies an aim of friendship: You are commenting using your Facebook account. 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 as he breathed out, be a man as well hesxe a woman, experience freedom as well as order, combine instinct and mind.

That was my favourite heese of the book and I think it adds a lot of depth hremann the writing as a whole.