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Within this system, all concepts are encoded on beads, and it seems any of them can meaningfully combine with any other, such that wild new ideas emerge in hessf interplay.

Sometimes, I can see their point as in the relationship of Harry Haller to his young prostitute friend in Steppenwolffor example. Knecht develops many of his personal views about what larger good Castalia can achieve through vigorous debates with Designori, who views Castalia as an ” hesse tower ” with little to no impact on the outside world. The passages which describe him are some of the most evocative and heart-felt in the book, which is curious, because he is presented as quite flawed and muddled in thought, though still brilliant.

The book also explores the mostly Eastern ideas of meditation, surrender, loss and renewal. Jung, so there is psychology, the iChing, alchemy, God, spiritual growth view spoiler [ but no skirt chasing hide spoiler ]. He is indeed the youngest ever to become Magister Ludi, so at least that should earn him a mention in the history books.

Yet I don’t know how I feel about the book. View all 3 comments.

The author presents himself merely as the ever so humble editor of a biography written in the future of a fictional person. The teachers usually regarded such sallies with understanding benevolence. The main protagonist here is Joseph Knecht, a brilliant man who grew up and studied in Castalia and later bacame its Magister Ludi. But these are frivolous issues.


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For the teacher is not supposed to serve the pupil; rather, both are servants of their culture. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids.

Holt, Rinehart and Winston. This is the reason teachers feel slightly repelled by certain glittering talents. 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. Since his childhood, Knecht has been consumed with mastering the Glass Bead Game, which requires a synthesis of aesthetics and scientific arts, such as mathematics, music, logic, and philosophy, which he achieves in adulthood, becoming a Magister Ludi Master of the Game.

It seems his leaving is a jarring break in the unity of the work. I now understand that preparing the soul, the state of mind, takes luvi over the more tangible aspects of change. Refresh and try again.

The fragment breaks off as the young contemporary of Bach happens upon an organ recital hwsse Stuttgart. Here, the struggle mostly happens between ideas and within oneself. Yet this, too, seems almost deliberate on Hesse’s part.

Music has to do with establishing a relationship with the world characterized by equilibrium. If that is the case, it was unfortunately wasted on me.

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The world at large expects increasing specialisation with age. This is a book full of intriguing ideas and useful mental nuggets, but it is not my Hesse book of choice. 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.


I’m ashamed to say I’ve only read one book on this list – Ulysses – and enjoyed it. 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. Paperbackpages. I read everything that he had ever written at a whirlwind pace several years ago and still return to my favorites, SteppenwolfSiddhartha and Demianon a rotating yearly basis.

Wikiquote has quotations related to: 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.

As a student, another meaningful friendship develops with Plinio Designori, a student from a politically influential family, who is studying in Castalia as a guest. Personally, I rather like the “pure mathematics” account. Equilibrium arises from righteousness, and righteousness arises from the meaning of the cosmos.

Do I see a hand raised? 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.