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Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. It seems to embody a symbolic representation of matister knowledge and mwgister of those symbols. Learn more about Amazon Prime. It proceeds by players making deep connections between seemingly unrelated topics. In honoring him in its Award Ceremony Speech, the Swedish Academy said that the novel “occupies a speci Worth the risk then. Empirically, it seems to me, there is some strength in this assertion. I couldn’t get why he would leave, expecting, as he did, so little from the world.

The province supplies its elite talent from the best students of the outer world and teaches them to join the austere order, to devote their life and eventually become glass bead players.

He does need to do something, though, and it needs to pass muster as at least a tantalizing beginning of the thing itself. Perhaps it is a deep satire paralleling the inter-war ldui of ‘Darkness at Noon’ and ‘It Can’t Happen Here’but if so, it’s one of the least impassioned satires I’ve ever nagister not that it would be more impassioned if we consider it a spiritual tome.

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The early novella Knulp is a small masterpiece, touching and true. However, maister after a hundred pages, the language and descriptions haven’t grabbed you, then there’s probably nothing that follows magistfr will.

It is a kind of alternative for Germany, a continuation of Thomas Mann’s vaunted unpoliticism at times when politics was pretty unavoidable. It is like Babel undone, the reduction of all universes of discourse to one meta-discourse, offering us a genuine basis for the comparison of all meanings accessible to the mind. Rereading I found it uncompelling, but also I had the strong suspicion that I had absorbed a fair amount of the book into myself as thirsty soil sucks in water the first time round, and that I had creatively misremembered bits of it, specifically the second of the short stories which in grossly modified form I had told as a rambling anecdote on several occasions view spoiler [ as you can imagine I am not in great demand as an after dinner speaker hide spoiler ].


View all 14 comments. Writing and reading novels might be one of those skills.

I also was bothered by the assumption that the life of the mind was open only to men — women are somehow not qualified to share the glorious world of ideas. What bothered me about the book: In argument, for example, they will not shout ldui wave their arms. But these are frivolous issues. Upon arrival however I was very disappointed to discover there were not one but two inventory stickers stuck to the front of the paperback novel.

Maybe I first read this book when I was a student.

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These are in no way contradictory notions, they even sit together as one of the themes of the book: Language of that period is researched. He also remarks on the book’s form: The first part was a parody of those ‘history of the saints’ that appear so often and so frequently in all religious traditions. Woolf is a bit daunting, but Mrs. This formalism is expressed in the Glass Bead Game. It is a good story with depth and grand ideas.

The Glass Bead Game is thus a mode of playing with the total contents and values of our culture; it plays with them as, say, in the great age of the arts a painter might have played with the colours on his palette. The book deals with ideas of spiritualism, elitism, intellectualism, and how best to deal with the problems of society.

And if we were to go still further back beyond this Rainmaker and his time which to us seems so early and primitive, if we were to go several thousand years further back into the past, wherever we found man we would still find – this is our firm belief – the mind of man, that mind which has no beginning and always has contained everything that it later produces.


Again I side with Nietzsche’s stand-in, and I think, not merely because I am Nietzsche’s man, but because I cannot find the point where Hesse has presented his side of the argument as anything except a farce. Due to this, his steadfastness, lack of any ambition where it came to a rise in status, was hauled upwards into the higher brackets of the hierarchy where his tasks were no longer oriented around his passionate love for teaching, teaching especially the young.

The most somber, sacred moments of Hesse’s attempt to build a ‘Secular Spirituality’ often struck me as the least convincing.

That would accord with my memory of Siddhartha, which I found to be full of a rather short-sighted and egotistical personal philosophy centering on Blavatskianisms like the ‘law of attraction’which still haunts the self-help section to this day. Essays on Life and Art. Perhaps they will be exactly the catalyst necessary for the real creation of The Game!

View all 15 comments. Only a rarefied kind of academic could hope to understand such a game, let alone play it competitively.

Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. The Glass Bead Game is a language that can reduce to a single logico-grammatical plane a motif from classical Indian music and a mathematical formula, the structure of the future perfect tense and the biological structure hesde a rhizome, a cosmogonic myth and a logical proof. Nov 22, Elena Holmgren rated it it was amazing Shelves: