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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Apr 17, Nefariousbig rated it it was amazing Shelves: 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. Quotes from Narcissus and Gol I especially enjoyed the part where Narcissus talks about godmund someone who is meant to be an artist tries to live the life of a thinker evil ensues.

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.

He is a broken man.

Lists with This Book. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. That was my favourite part of the book and I think it adds a lot of depth to the writing as hernann whole.

Narcissus does not reprimand his friend for his sins, but for his neglect of praying, confessing and going to the Holy Communion. What a profound novel it really is! Narcissus always loved Goldmund, more than that- admired his young friend’s natural beauty and talents, despite the fact he was his polar opposite- and that kept him on stable ground.


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.

Narcis a Goldmund

Narcissus hears his confession, by which Goldmund reaches some peace. In his time, Hesse was a popular and influential author in the German-speaking world; worldwide fame only came later. The sharing of communication implies a spacing between communicating beings; narrcis also says something about the kind of space that must exist between the two beings in friendship. This is not a review. It is a novel with so many layers that I a heermann that each time I reread it I will have new insights and thoughts about this plot.

This book, with its easy story line and believable characters, is one that changed the way I saw myself and identified the conflicting elements of my character.

Homosexuality & Herman Hesse’s writings??? – Herman Hesse Forum Archive

There is a heavy emphasis in the book on the close relationship between ecstasy and suffering. Taken literally this means that we find part of ourselves outside ourselves; who we properly are is split and sundered between bodies. It is one of those books that stays with you. Eventually “Narcissus and Goldmund” was an involving reading.

He could also do as he liked.

I look forward to reading another Hesse novel for German Literature month. Wandering around the country for years he discovers the ways of natcis, and seduces countless women.

If the War Goes On Does he write about new age stuff? And both Luther and Goldmund were deeply conflicted. I wouldnt want to read anything that is misleading to the actual truth. August Learn how and when to remove this template message. On the Occasion of Friendship.


Maybe that’s a cop out so that he doesn’t need to make an overt choice, or maybe it’s just that Hesse skirts such banal issues. I finally found the translator of my edition! Narcissus and Goldmund is ultimately a raging battle between the body and mind and the plague! Often, he thinks of his mother’s voice, of her eyes.

Take aways from Narcissus and Goldmund: Now I just wonder if my mum wished to make a Narcissus or a Goldmund out of me. Could someone please tell me if this book is worth reading, if I previously enjoyed both Siddhartha and Steppenwolf?

Put the dicktalk aside which is no small task here and you still have an enormous vine from which to swing back and forth from pole to pole. P It’s books like these that make me glad I’m a reader. 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.

I recommend this book and have done so on many occasions. 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: