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THE GLASS BEAD GAME. A tentative sketch of the life of. Magister Ludi Joseph Knecht together with. Knecht's posthumous writings edited by. HERMANN. a. b. e-book v / Notes at EOF Magister Ludi (The Glass Bead Game) Hermann Hesse Translated from the German Das Glasperlenspiel by Richard and Clard. PDF | On Jun 1, , John Wilson and others published The glass bead game.

The story chronicles the life of Magister Ludi, the man responsible for administering the game. Although educated in Castalia he has spent a significant length of time in the outside world and as he reflects on his experiences in China and elsewhere he begins to doubt the value of the introverted life he and his fellow masters are leading. New Feature: You can now embed Open Library books on your website! Learn More.

The Glass Bead Game , Bantam. Readers waiting for this title: The glass bead game , Bantam Books. Magister Ludi , F. Ungar Pub. Magister Ludi.: Translated from the German by Mervyn Savill. Magister Ludi. Magister Ludi , Aldus Publications. History Created December 9, 8 revisions Download catalog record: Libraries near you: WorldCat Library. The glass bead game , Bantam Books in English. Ungar in English.

Magister Ludi , Aldus Publications in English. Holt in English. August 22, Edited by Lisa. November 15, Edited by Mek. June 22, Edited by ImportBot. An elaborately wrapped present with no gift inside. A big fat nothing. Not the nothing of the Buddhist, who longs for nothing and seeks it, but that of the Wizard of Oz—a nothing that noisily proclaims itself to be everything.

View all 34 comments. Das Glasperlenspiel is the last full-length novel of the German author Hermann Hesse. It was begun in and published in Switzerland in after being rejected for publication in Germany due to Hesse's anti-Fascist views. A few years later, in , Hesse went on to win the Nobel Prize in Literature. In honoring him in its Award Ceremony Speech, the Swedish Academy said that the novel "occupies a speci In honoring him in its Award Ceremony Speech, the Swedish Academy said that the novel "occupies a special position" in Hesse's work.

Second Introduction I saw that a Goodreader commented on another review that they felt this was a book for young people, which caught my attention with a jolt because I had barely finished thinking that this was plainly a book written by an old man.

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Which it was. These are in no way contradictory notions, they even sit together as one of the themes of the book: So here it is. Because we have a game in the title and playing this game is of some significance in the novel then that might be a place to start.

Another review mentioned the possibility that the game was a form of pure mathematics, while reading it occurred to me that it was a way of talking about fiction.

A game the reader and author play by themselves and that the author plays with the reader, not all games are equally amusing as one notices. That led to the conclusion that the game was another game - a McGuffin. A thing that serves to get Cary Grant from New York to the middle of a wheat field so somebody can try to machine gun him from an aeroplane because somebody else thought it might look good on celluloid.

We simply have to accept it has no greater meaning than to be intrinsically meaningful to the characters even if no machine guns are involved view spoiler [ they are not, nor aeroplanes, but there is a car hide spoiler ]. Or as one of the characters in one of the embedded stories might say "illusion, illusion!

The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse

The author presents himself merely as the ever so humble editor of a biography written in the future of a fictional person. Then we get an introduction from the 'actual author' who denies the possibly of biography and tells us that we won't tell us about the game before telling us about the game, and who in passing mentions the absence of various sources, before leaping into the story in which the purported author seems to have omniscient knowledge of the imaginary subject of the story.

Finally we get some poems and short stories which we understand have been written by the subject of this biography and which thematically stand in some relation to the main text. Although I did laugh and once cry while reading the second of the short stories which is my favourite part of the whole book, apart from the ending of the main part of the text.

Further I noted that since the books on their shelf were fairly well compressed that some the pages had a fraternal desire to stay together, and significantly, that I wasn't much troubled by this. I don't much like shoulds, maybe you have read it, maybe you will read it, maybe you won't.

To misquote Voltaire - when a rat on one of his Majesty's grain ships dies on the way from Egypt to Constantinople is the Sultan much troubled?

I'm not sure when I first read this book, or why. 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 ].

Perhaps this is no more than to say I was not in the right state of mind to have read this novel at this time, but reading this novel may well prompt or encourage such a way of thinking about the world view spoiler [ Confused? Third introduction, necessitated by the above Just as Sancho Panza taught that thee is a relationship between the story and the manner in which it is told so we might assume there is a relationship between how you start and how or indeed if you get to finish a tale.

One of the themes in this novel is world history, the relationship between a plant and the soil it grows in. Maybe I first read this book when I was a student. When I was a student, I had no grey hairs, and also it seemed to me that people repeated the image of the ivory tower when talking about universities and the studious life, or maybe I was just more attuned to that kind of speech as the time, to my amusement as I wandered view spoiler [ and wondered, which may have been while some of them didn't last particularly long hide spoiler ] through a variety of jobs and joblessness it struck me that each one was itself an ivory tower with its own God not always Mammon hierarchies and Priesthoods, sacred assumptions, peculiar idiocies, and character, admittedly one could regard professions like accountancy and the law as bridges between these towers, providing some helpful common concepts like illegality and bankruptcy, but these too were worlds of their own, journeying between worlds, as occasionally one has to, is like being an astronaut I come in peace!

Take me to your leader! Come, be welcome, drink of our corporate tea or coffee, accept one of our cheap biscuits as symbol of our contempt! Whoops I'm lost in reminiscences again. Anyway, from a certain perspective the entire landscape is covered in ivory towers view spoiler [ which explains why elephants are so rare these days hide spoiler ].

What I was going to say, before I interrupted myself, was that this novel was finished in and imagines an ideal Utopian society, naturally the other side of a utopian society is a dystopian one.

And a place that calls itself Castalia, brings to mind Castile, the land of castles, and one has to wonder quite what do they want to lock themselves up away from? What threatens them, why are they so defensive? Indeed reading "Our Castilia is not supposed to be merely an elite; it ought above all to be a hierarchy, a structure in which every brick derives its meaning only from its place in the whole.

What I was going to say, before I interrupted myself, was that this novel is a German novel written in what might have been a German century. It is a kind of alternative for Germany, a continuation of Thomas Mann's vaunted unpoliticism at times when politics was pretty unavoidable. Empire, Socialism, War, Cultural upheaval, Fascism, More war view spoiler [ it strikes me that in a profound way Hesses'a achievement is charting a personal course that didn't sail through militarism, anti-Semitism and the far right, but then read in the context of this novel his life would be a necessary counterpoint to the dominant Zeitgeist view spoiler [ and for all I know he might have been nasty to the people who loved him, and stole sweets from small children hide spoiler ] hide spoiler ].

So what do you do, such was part of the soil that Hesse grew in, he knew Theodore Heuss who had been a follower of Max Weber view spoiler [ and this is a book about men and male relationships, fraternal, as well as master and apprentice hide spoiler ] Hesse had been close to C.

Jung, so there is psychology, the iChing, alchemy, God, spiritual growth view spoiler [ but no skirt chasing hide spoiler ]. Both Weber and Jung deeply interested in "the east" as offering ways out of the steel cage of the sonderweg of the development of "the west" so this novel features yoga and meditation as well as everything else, Reincarnation might be a theme too. Hesse's utopia is an alternative Germany, federalism has led to a purely academic federal state, probably in the south-west and apparently subsidised by the rest of the Union.

The novel plays with the relationships between the master and the apprentice, the teacher and the taught, the seduction or corruption of the young by the old as well as the reconciliation or alignment of apparently opposite elements. An old Imperialist may well have written that 'East is East and West is West and never the twain shall meet'.

Hesse is a bit more sensible and admits that once you have east, then you have to have west, and perhaps north and south too, that these things are separate, distinct and an inseparable whole all at the same time and that such a scheme can be carried across to analogous situations, which possibly can be represented in a Game which despite being the title of the book, is never explicitly described.

The principal character experiences his Castalia directly, then formally has to address himself to it and argue for it consciously as a utopia, then has to experience it as dystopia, then has to go forth and inherit the earth: The short stories in which the main character might be imagining other versions of himself, might be arguing that the reconciliation of opposites or the conflicting tugs we experience in life may not be resolvable in one life, but if one could or does live many lives then perhaps on average, they might even out, but one might need a certain set of skills to appreciate that in any one life in particular.

Writing and reading novels might be one of those skills. This exists on the great, sprawling family tree of books, reading I felt there was something I thought that I could mention in a review with regards to Tolstoy, but I can't remember what, the dialogue in the second of the two short stories reminded me, particularly in the childlike nature of much sin, of the Grand Inquisitor in The Brothers Karamazov - another novel that the author claims he didn't write with a supposedly limited narrator who has apparently omniscient knowledge.

Conclusion view spoiler [ because if you introduce something then one has to conclude it too hide spoiler ] But as I said, I didn't fall off my chair laughing. Notes from reading view spoiler [ a war time novel. What letters he writes Framing devise, distancing. Relationship between author and frames, how are we to think of the dialogues and details do we take these seriously or regard them as fictions with in a fiction?

Introduction denial of value of biography. Knecht servant and knight. Meditation as a substitute. Writing the same novel? Utopia, dystopia. Isolation and engagement. Tradition and change. Interesting for different conceptions of time or differing timeframes in which characters operate. View all 15 comments. If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review.

Hessian Fable: I suppose it depends on whether working through the difficulty brings you genuine insights into the human condition.

I'm ashamed to say I've only read one book on this list - Ulysses - and enjoyed it. Woolf is a bit daunting, but Mrs.

Dallowa If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Dalloway is superb. View all 4 comments. Jun 04, Becky rated it did not like it Shelves: I like Herman Hesse.

I like Siddhartha, I remember liking Steppenwolf, I like huge sagas that probe the mind. I usually like weighty wordy novels where nothing in particular happens. I did not like the Glass Bead Game. I really did not like the Glass Bead Game.

I was about fifty percent through the book, bored out of my mind, and I started reading reviews trying to get some motivation to finish this tome. I did I like Herman Hesse. I mean, I know WHAT the book is about, I want to know if you enjoyed the presentation of those arguments, the story, did you agree or disagree?

There was nothing about that. So, here is my opinion- this is a dull drab affair in which nothing happens. I love the idea that the GBG is a synthesis of the knowledge and culture of mankind throughout history.

The Glass Bead Game is a design that is supposed to move this story forward, that is supposed to be the gravitational pull at the center of the book that all the words orbit around. That leaves Josef as the driving force of the book, but the only time he comes to life is when the actually interesting side-characters come back into the book, like the Master of Music.

Josef is just a receptacle for the intervention of the other characters. Good luck. And, if you honestly DID, enjoy it, for the love of god tell me why, without summarizing the book. If you want something to touch your soul read Siddhartha.

View all 23 comments. Sep 16, Floyd Livingston Your review though This booked showed me I can do anything. I dragged myself over rough terrain to finish this page crucible. Your point about him Your review though Your point about him having a personality of a garbage is so on point.

Like I said in my review The way he just died at the end literally made my throw down this damn book on the desk. I went back to re-read that damn chapter just to be sure I wasnt imagining that.

Then I laughed. I was like, "Hess couldn't stand this book anymore that he really just killed Knecht off in a drowning accident in order to bring this bore to an end! Did Hesse even know what the hell the Glass Bead Game was?! Mar 02, Chloe rated it it was ok Shelves: I feel that I must open this review by stating that I am an unabashed fanboy of Hermann Hesse. I read everything that he had ever written at a whirlwind pace several years ago and still return to my favorites, Steppenwolf , Siddhartha and Demian , on a rotating yearly basis.

The purest expression of the themes that he had highlighted in his other works. If one were to read only one book by Hesse it should I feel that I must open this review by stating that I am an unabashed fanboy of Hermann Hesse.

If one were to read only one book by Hesse it should be this one, I had been told. No offense to those earnest recommendations, but I could have gone a long time without reading this dull retread of every one of Hesse's other books.

So many of the same character types and situations appear in these pages that I can't help but feel I'm reading a Cliff's Notes version of his oeuvre.

The Glass Bead Game

The intense friendship between two geniuses; one sheltered and naive, the other worldly and brash like those in Demian? They're here too. A Westernized attempt to understand the mysticism and philosophical underpinnings of Eastern religions a la Siddhartha and Journey to the East?

Oh yes, they too are here. This repetition in itself does not make The Glass Bead Game unappealing. This isn't a bad book and might actually be a good one. But coming into it expecting something unique would be a mistake. This has all been written before, and far more engagingly. View all 6 comments. Sep 08, Stephen P rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Those who see the battle of the mind as the worthiest battle of all.

This, his final novel makes it clear that all his works need to be read in their order as one edition leading up to his final life conclusion! A man caught within the depths of thought striving for something beyond his sight captures his heroic journey through his written words.

A different voice from the Hesse of my college days. No longer redirecting my compass eastward toward a spirituality with a promise to enlarge consciousness. This is a firm clear voice that looks back to arrive at an unde This, his final novel makes it clear that all his works need to be read in their order as one edition leading up to his final life conclusion! This is a firm clear voice that looks back to arrive at an understanding. His own truth. One ground and distilled from a life of thought.

But the voice wavers at times as the story foretold has a waver of its own. Joseph Knecht is selected as a student of promise. As his achievements are recognized, much to his surprise and glee, he is selected to the highest consecration of the intellectually elite, Castalia. Supported by the government those enrolled or encumbered in Castalia have in some way sworn to dedicate themselves to maintaining its well ordered hierarchy.

The hierarchy supplies Castalia with serenity, a static but comfortable stability, built to prevent any disordered flow of disruptive emotion while dedicated to a life of contemplation, research, study of any subject worthy of intellectual exploration.

Come on, there must be somebody else. Do I see a hand raised? Joseph Knecht enjoyed learning for learnings sake. 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.

As he left his friends behind in the world when he left for Castalia he now left his beloved profession. Of course he dedicated himself to his new duties, gradually rising to a position so lofty it can barely be discerned by the outside world, in its abstract ether; Magister Ludi. The holy trinity exalted into blends of knowledge, philosophical thought, aesthetic creation, their intertwining, interweaving into the multitude of countless interstices.

The games as drawn up in competition are archived. Abundant and frequently referred to, they are held with reverence. The Glass Bead games not only singles out the best players but insures the continous enlargement of consciousness, wisdom, knowledge.

The world wonders, as the intellectual elite of Castalia expects, what good is pure intellectual pursuit for the sake of pure intellectual pursuit? Castlia is repulsed by the sordid life of the working class with their lack of curiosity, non-questioning obeisance to the trifles of meaningless conventions and dully repeated jokes; their ant-like drive to follow whoever is in front of them in the long endless moving line to avoid any flint of individuality lurking around dark corners in danger of being lit.

Castalia readily points out, in the current twenty third century, it was properly born from the previous years of conflict and destruction evolving into a means of avoiding such an occurrence. Indeed there has not been. He and his colleagues, in their monk-like quasi religious life, having sacrificed any iota left of individuality to the order, preserving the knowledge of what to do and how to behave in all circumstances, the comfort of effacing stability, also follow what they are told. However, with the stamp of elite buried in their brow they are held and hold themselves in a higher status.

Do they contribute except for responses to papers written and studies summarized within their hallowed halls? The resounding answer within these halls is, of course we do. The pure pursuit of truth is always elevated to the highest.

Besides, dealing with life in the world is a lower pursuit and one not worthy of following. Understanding that the world and its production enables Castalia to exist, does not alter their view. The world with its bustling jobs based on fear and ambition thinks the same of Castalia. And where is Knecht? The dramatization is furthered by attention to detail and the apt planting of narrative seeds barely recognized at first, then the enjoyment of its first lucid buds and flowerings thereafter.

Magister Ludi (The Glass Bead Game)

The more I write the more there is to be said in this glass bead game of my own that I have created and fallen into. View all 12 comments.

View 1 comment. Nov 22, Elena rated it it was amazing Shelves: This is surely one of the most beautiful dreams depicted in literature. It is also a reminder that even the most beautiful dreams cannot feed our longing, which is ultimately for a reconciliation with the Real.

The Glass Bead Game is an allegory of the relationship between symbol and reality, between life and the magic lantern of the mind. Hesse's Castalia is a utopia of mind, which is born of and supported at great expense by a society recently ravaged by a terrible war.

It is an enclosed place This is surely one of the most beautiful dreams depicted in literature. It is an enclosed place in which this society has deposited for safe-keeping all the greatest values of the spirit in a hermetically-sealed harmony immune from the ravages of worldly change.

Isolation from life is intended to safeguard Castalia's status as a radiant Ark that can secure the continued existence of these supreme values of human life, transporting them unharmed and untainted across the darkness of historic flux. But each of us should be on the way toward perfection, should be striving to reach the center, not the periphery. The goal of Castalia is to give concrete expression to the unity of the mind in all its manifold manifestations. Every province of the mind finds its concrete expression here, from the arts, to mathematics, to the contemplative disciplines, to the most recondite special sciences.

One can feel fully at home in this environment.

A cross between a Platonic academy and a Zen monastery, this is a place in which the entire structure of the mind finds its fullest expression by being concretized in actual institutions. Life here is placed entirely in the service of the mind. Here, life exists merely to fuel the progressive unfolding of mind's capacity for the ever-progressing elaboration of existence into form.

The consummation of life, and Castalia's ultimate goal, is a supreme formalism that can encompass the essence of life, thereby containing it in a supreme super-structure. This formalism is expressed in the Glass Bead Game.

It realizes Leibniz's dream of a universal language or characteristica universalis , which, he thought, once attained, would bring us to the consummation of the philosophical quest: The goal of the Game is to lead us to the great Terminus of all seeking, a universal system "capable of reproducing in the Game the entire intellectual content of the universe.

This would make Chomsky's dream of a universal grammar pale in comparison. 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 of a rhizome, a cosmogonic myth and a logical proof. Hesse puts before us this dream of dreams, the possession of a language of thought that would give us the symbolic tools with which we could at last compare every possible datum of human experience, so that we could see what the myth and the logical proof can say to each other, and how the structure of a leaf is like a symphony and like a mathematical model.

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. The closest philosophic vision to Hesse's Castalia that I can think of is Cassirer's philosophy of symbolic forms, which similarly seeks to express the unity of human knowledge into a single philosophical language. It is, by the way, significant that music and meditation have such a prominent place in this scheme.

Musical form reflects the Romantic side of cognitive form, and reflects Goethe's contribution: It arises from equilibrium. Equilibrium arises from righteousness, and righteousness arises from the meaning of the cosmos. Therefore one can speak about music only with a man who has perceived the meaning of the cosmos. Hesse's universal language manages to bring even the seemingly formless domain of music into dialogue with the most formal of disciplines, like mathematics, and to reveal their relations as parts of a larger systematic whole.

Music has to do with establishing a relationship with the world characterized by equilibrium. Music expresses the unity in difference that characterizes the realized mind. In this symbolic universe, Hesse tells us, music comes closest to disclosing the form of the real. And the emphasis on meditation expresses Hesse's effort to reconcile East and West, Plato and Buddha. He seems to have struggled his entire life to form a philosophical outlook that placed these two cultural traditions in dialogue, such that each could comment on the significance of the other.

Meditation is the ground of intellection in his Castalia; it unlocks the true meaning of cognitive form. In this, Hesse shows a remarkable understanding of the nature of form: Every transition from major to minor in a sonata, every transformation of a myth or a religious cult, every classical or artistic formulation was, I realized in that flashing moment, if seen with a truly meditative mind, nothing but a direct route into the interior of the cosmic mystery, where in the alternation between inhaling and exhaling, between heaven and earth, between Yin and Yang, holiness is forever being created.

This is a language that can express the entirety of our capacity for deriving meaning out of experience, and does so in such a way as to lead us to the central mystery: History is hard to integrate into this shimmering edifice of Castlian symbolic-play because it consistently gestures beyond this serene, unperturbed province to the larger, dark continent of life that it is part of.

It keeps pointing to the connection between the two, and to Castalia's paradoxical need for that messy, trouble, war-torn world. It is significant that the work was conceived in the nightmarish period leading up to, and culminating in, World War 2 the first attempt at publication being This is more than historical coincidence; Hesse's narrative continually gestures to this historic background, and to a fundamental escapist motive, as the source of Castalia.

It turns out that this lotus could only bloom from the dark flux of historic muck. The horror of the war is, ironically, an integral part of the significance of the beautiful Game of symbols. Historical awareness is what ultimately awakens Knecht's ethical consciousness, sending him to turn his back on Castalia and return to the world to serve it.

Through this sacrificial renunciation of his calling, Knecht the servant resembles Nietzsche's Zarathustra and the Buddha, both of whom had to leave the clear beauty of the heights in order to return to the uncaring world in order to offer it their unwanted service.

His ultimate sacrifice for his one pupil at the end shows the last word of wisdom: For a long time I have puzzled over Hesse's choice to conclude this novel with three fictional autobiographies written by Knecht in his school days.

They symbolize Knecht's attempt to project himself into different historical periods, to really enter into the life of mind as it transpired in other times. One can see the pedagogical point: History holds the key to our story. It is by transporting ourselves into other times that we can really discern where we are, the shape of our horizons, through an act of comparison.

But why these three lives After ten years, I still don't have an answer. The most moving, to me, was the first, which is Knecht's attempt to transport himself into the mind of the earliest humans, as a rain maker.

The rain maker represents the wisdom of primary, pre-symbolic or minimally-symbolized and differentiated experience. For him, there was no differentiation between self and world, nature and soul. Reality was perfectly contained in the totality of experience. For all these ways of comprehending the world through the mind no doubt lay within him, nameless, unnamed, but not inconceivable, not beyond the bounds of presentiment, still in the germ, but essential to his nature, part of him, growing organically within him.

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. Now it seemed to be the young man who showed honour and obedience to the old man, to authority and dignity; now again it was apparently the old man who was required to follow, serve, worship the figure of youth, of beginning, of mirth.

And as he watched this at once senseless and significant dream circle, the dreamer felt alternately identical with the old man and the boy, now revering and now revered, now leading, now obeying; and in the course of these pendulum shifts there came a moment in which he was both, was simultaneously Master and small pupil; or rather he stood above both, was the instigator, conceiver, operator, and onlooker of the cycle, this futile spinning race between age and youth.

The relationship between the boy and the master, their cyclical change of roles, and their ultimate identity, is Atman. Such recurring passages throughout the work give glimpses into a level of insight that is of no use to Castalian inquiry. They suggest that from the very beginnings of culture, this primal ground of insight was available to us, and that it remains with us unaltered even in the highly sophisticated intellectual culture of Castalia.

This order of insight connects us to the deepest past and to the remotest future, being something no education can give though it can perhaps take it away.

Hesse, having learned from Eastern philosophy, is very sensitive to all the domains of wisdom that cannot possibly receive symbolic representation, even in the perfect formalism, the meta-language of the Game. What is the point of telling the story about the labyrinth of mind? For many years, I thought Knecht's leaving Castalia was anticlimactic.

I couldn't get why he would leave, expecting, as he did, so little from the world. He had the promise of making his life a perfect unity in that reclusive world. He left that meaning and unity behind in order to commit himself to the dark flux of the world, and, in the end, to be destroyed by it.

It seems his leaving is a jarring break in the unity of the work. We cannot follow him where he goes, or discern any meaning to his ultimate sacrifice. But now I think that IS Hesse's point: And moral action often shows no overt consummation; often the sacrifice seems to have no discernible point.

We long forever for the right to stay. But all that stays with us is fear, And we shall never rest upon our way. View all 14 comments. Sep 07, Owlseyes rated it really liked it Shelves: Nice hat! A good Tratactus on Society; on what distinguishes the normal ones from the elite ones. An elite member renounces material wealth That is what Joseph Knecht did. Students of the Order, most often, renounce marriage Nice hat!

Students of the Order, most often, renounce marriage. Language of that period is researched. View all 8 comments. Aug 01, Syl Sabastian rated it it was amazing. My review is based not on the book itself, as it was read it so long ago, I don't remember details, which is somewhat remarkable, as I remember the effect of the book. I was transformed into worlds of thought, deep thought, worlds where intent and meaning reigned. The book required a serious commitment from the reader of Attention and willingness-to-truth, a remarkable requirement, adding to the books magic.

A classic that li My review is based not on the book itself, as it was read it so long ago, I don't remember details, which is somewhat remarkable, as I remember the effect of the book. A classic that lived up to it billing. View 2 comments. Jul 23, John rated it it was amazing Shelves: If the last sentence made any sense to you, chances are you have already read the book.

Though once the book is read, that is about all it is about. The book is written by an unknown member of the Castalian Order who is retelling the story of Joseph Knecht. The Glass Bead Game is an intellectual game played encompassing all major are This is Hesse's epic novel that tells the story of Joseph Knecht, a boy who passes through the system of the Castalian Order to become the Glass Bead Game Magister. The Glass Bead Game is an intellectual game played encompassing all major areas of learning, though its origins lay in music theory.

The Castalian Order is a monastic like society whose one goal is to learn. They produce no real products of worth outside of teachers for the outside society. Knecht, with his bright intellect and the guiding hand of the Music Master a seemingly futuristic Buddhist , rises to become the Magister of this game and arguably the best that ever was.

The book deals with ideas of spiritualism, elitism, intellectualism, and how best to deal with the problems of society. I recommend this book for fans of Bildungsromans, Hesse and those that have toyed with Buddhism.

Though if you are a bit bored and wanna pick up a page book to see what it is like, go for it! View all 3 comments. View all 17 comments. O toliau — lengviau. Ne, ne. Veiksmas, kiek jo yra, vyksta XXIIa. Visa kas skirta pasauliu, visi fiziniai malonumai, alkoholis, yra svetima Kastalijai. Knjiga spada u bildungs romane. Arhetipsko je jako bitno za Hesea. To je u stvari prikaz tri Knehtove reinkarnacije. U prvoj je stavljen u pradavna paganska vremena matrijarhata, gde se pojavljuje pod imenom Kneht.

Ovde dat prikaz nirvane u kojoj se mudrac nalazi, maja pojavni oblici stvarnosti koje mogu da stvore bogovi i sveci The Glass Bead Game: Invented hundreds of years ago it combines all art and knowledge of Western culture, correlates and re-combines in infinitely combinations: People from far away travel to the province of Castalia to witness the annual multi-day festival of games.

The separate, secluded republic of scholars, artists, and glass bead players. The province supplies its elite ta The Glass Bead Game: 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. Josef Knecht is one of them, Knecht's life the subject of the story.

He'll become Magister Ludi , the primary master of the game, the one who everyone looks up to. Hesse provides an uptopia here, but it's one that's bound to fail. The place, Castalia, is nothing but an ivory tower on feet of clay. The glass bead game, to me, is so far evolved and sophisticated as it is, that even the scholars and teachers cannot provide anything of real substance.

Everything changes, but nothing is new. Glass bead players don't create, they merely ruminate. They pick and choose the best bits to fit them into their game. It's without purpose. Hesse foresees the downfall of occidental culture long before it happened and tells it through the eyes of his protagonist.

Knecht finally breaks the cycle and does what no master of the game has done before. He learned the lesson and changed his job, but it's too late. Knecht's bequest is this: A poem. While Hesse's masterpiece has the same theme as Siddhartha, it's not the same short, simple work as that classic. Magister Ludi's inventive setting and method takes the basically unchanged storyline gifted young man progressing, achieving, and finally discovering the true meaning of life , and creates a sort of historical biography of the protagonist.

One of the fun aspects of this work is The Glass Bead Game: The academic society he builds is dedicated to the art of arranging these symbols in a sort of game. Hesse doesn't go into depth here: One of my favorite elements is the section of poems and short stories that were written by the main character, and included in this "biography. This book is full of ideas. The main part of the book is a biography of the main character Joseph Knecht. It is then followed by a dozen poems and three short stories, "the lives".

These short stories at the end are definitely my favourite part of the novel. All that is lacking in terms of passion in the first part is present in these three short stories at the end, and they present all the same themes.

The Glass Bead Game itself, as far as I can tell, seems to be something like abstract mathemat This book is full of ideas. The Glass Bead Game itself, as far as I can tell, seems to be something like abstract mathematics. It seems to embody a symbolic representation of all knowledge and manipulation of those symbols. Or it is like music as it is an aesthetic composition of individual symbols. Castalian order is a highly formalised, monastic order where the mind and scholarly traditions are enshrined.

It lacks anything sensual, experiential and personal and so is incomplete. Whether in the idea of the game itself, or in the relationship between Castalia and the outside world, Or in Joseph Knechts relationships with others like plinio Designori, this novel is steeped in Hegelian dialectics.

This was by no means an easy read and i took my time with it. But this is Hesse's masterpiece and is full of ideas. This book was a really incredible meditation on accomplishment, ambition, finding peace and the breach between intellectuals and reality.

Hesse creates a reality in which an intellectual elite has created an entire society that lives above and beyond the rest of the world playing an incredibly esoteric game that seeks to connect all knowledge as a series of symbols. There were a number of things that struck me in this world. First of all, the connections to modern science, with its own increasin This book was a really incredible meditation on accomplishment, ambition, finding peace and the breach between intellectuals and reality.

First of all, the connections to modern science, with its own increasingly abstracted symbology, are staggering.

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