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Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse. Narcissus and Goldmund tells the story of two medieval men whose characters are diametrically opposite: Narcissus, an ascetic monk firm in his religious commitment, and Goldmund, a romantic youth hungry for knowledge and worldly experience. First published inthe novel remains a moving and pointed exploration of the conflict between the life of the spirit and the lif Narcissus and Goldmund tells the story of two medieval men whose characters are diametrically opposite: First published inthe novel remains a moving and pointed exploration of the conflict between the life of the spirit and the life of the flesh.
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Could someone please tell me if this book is worth reading, if I previously enjoyed both Siddhartha and Steppenwolf? Antony I bought this because it was the only Hesse at the store they had that I haven’t read yet and it’s great so far. See all 3 questions about Narcissus and Goldmund…. Lists with This Book. At the time of reading, this was my favorite Hesse book and, indeed, it is probably his unx novel, the one to recommend for nqrziss wanting to check him out.
I have given away copies of it for this purpose to several persons over the years.
Reflections on ‘Narziss and Goldmund’ by Hermann Hesse | Middle Way Society
Contrary to the description in Wikipedia, I read the novel from the perspective of Goldmund being lost and then found. Seduced by the snares of the world, he leaves the peace of the monastic life for a life of trial and error, ultimately, as an old m At the time of reading, this was my favorite Hesse book and, indeed, it is probably his quintessential novel, the one to recommend for anyone wanting to check him out.
Seduced by the snares of the world, he leaves the peace of the monastic life for a life of trial and error, ultimately, as an old man, returning to where he began.
Since in his case experience led to wisdom, Goldmund represented to me the via positiva, the path to enlightenment which leads through lovingly appropriated experience, while Narcissus, remaining behind in the monastery, represented the via negativa, the path to enlightenment obtained by critical thinking and contemplative withdrawal.
Narcissus and Goldmund
This, the essential identity behind two ostensibly very different paths along life’s way, reminded me also of the two main schools of Buddhism, the big and little boats, Mahayana and Hinayana Buddhism. One is also reminded of the same distinction when the lives of Christian saints as different at Francis of Assisi and Simeon of the Desert are sympathetically compared. There is truth to it. This is not to say that the reference made by the Wikipedia writer to Nietzsche’s Apollonian and Dionysian is incorrect.
Given narzss intellectual influences obtaining in Hesse’s circles and the nature of his missionary family it is likely that both were considered.
My own reading was influenced by having studied mysticism by this time and not yet having read Nietzsche’s The Birth of Tragedy. 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.
Most everything he wrote, from his novels and short stories to his political essays, attempts to be constructive, to share something of what he had learned of importance with others. He wrote to the better side of our natures, both emotional and intellectual. I am so glad that young people are still reading him despite the many years which have passed since his last great work, The Glass Bead Game, nqrziss View all 3 comments.
At its publication, Narcissus and Goldmund was considered Hesse’s literary triumph; chronologically, it follows Steppenwolf. Narcissus and Goldmund is the story of a young man, Goldmund, who wanders aimlessly throughout Medieval Germany after leaving a Catholic monastery school in search of what could be described as “the meaning of life,” or rather, the meaning of his life. When artists create pictures and thinkers search for laws and formulate thoughts, it is in order to salvage something from the great dance of death, to make something last longer than we do.
Published inthis is Herman Hesse’s brilliant story of two friends in medieval Germany. Largely metaphorical, this has the feel of a cautionary fairy tale with no true compass as to geography or time.
The story begins when Goldmund, a student, and Narcissus, a teacher only a few years older, become friends at a cloister school. At first, Goldmund earnestly focuses on his studies, but then a few fellow students invite him to go off campus, where he’s seduced by a young Gypsy girl.
From that day forward, his mind never wanders far from thoughts of women, their sheer beauty and the pleasures of the senses. He leaves and on his journeys he has numerous affairs with women of all ages, statuses and sizes similar to Wilt Chamberlain in legion and legend.
All women find him irresistible. Yes, the novel is sexist. Goldmund falls for the first young lady to say no, loses her to the serpent of lust for her younger, prettier sister, and then travels far and wide. He settles to become a sculptor for several years, able to brilliantly capture the beauty he has seen. He becomes restless, continues his travels and runs into the unmitigated ugliness of the Black Death. I’ll add no more so I don’t spoil the story, except to say that when both Goldmund and Narcissus, now an abbot, are much older, they visit and converse at length with each other.
This is an excellent classic.
View all 8 comments. Narcissus and Goldmund tells the narrative of two men although Goldmund gets a bigger chunk of the storyeach seeking a higher fulfillment in his own way. The novel chronicles the life of an aimless wanderer breaking free, and one strongly binded to faith living in the Mariabronn monastery.
The novel is both a journey and an awakening that takes the reader over the course of many decades. Living in a hidden cloister in medieval Germany, Narcissus is a most learned and pious young acolyte purs Narcissus and Goldmund tells the narrative of two men although Goldmund gets a bigger chunk of the storyeach seeking a higher fulfillment in his own way.
Living in a hidden cloister in medieval Germany, Narcissus is golmund most learned and pious young acolyte pursuing knowledge, and the contemplation of logic, philosophy and theology. When the younger boy Goldmund arrives at the cloister, he recognizes him as his counterpart, his opposite.
Reckless, wild and passionate. Narcissus is fascinated with the boy, and takes him under his wing. Goldmund makes other friends, but none becomes as dear to him as Narcissus. A great bond is set in place. But Goldmund comes to goldmudn that his fate does not lie solely with the Church, but with the wider lands. All bought on after sneaking off to a village and receiving a kiss from a young Gypsy. He feels remorse, but wants more, as his virgin heart aches to pursue this love affair.
With this he opens up into his hese self, and wishes to leave the confinements of Mariabronn. After Narcissus gives his narzkss and releases his friend out into the wide world, the novel truly takes hold.
Wandering around the hesee for years he discovers the ways of love, and seduces countless women. He would encounter death and violence, the beauty of art and labor, and the agonizing sadness of loss. He makes friends, but also enemies, and later witnesses the horrors of the ghastly plague. He does not live uund the world of the une, but in the physical world of love, music, art and mortality.
After many years apart Goldmund and Narcissus reunite and discuss their differing lives. Narcissus tries to narzkss to his friend the meaning of his quest, the importance of the life of the flesh, and he begs him to imagine a thought devoid of an accompanying image. But Goldmund fails to understand because he is forever rooted in the narziss earth, in life, and cannot cross the barrier into a pure thought, an imagination without objects and images.
Each man seems to occupy one side of the other. This is the reason for their strong friendship and understanding of one another, both are somehow incomplete. But together, they godlmund closer to enlightenment, closer to hard clay than to wet sand.
Hesse’s poetic and emotive medieval coming-of-age story reads as the quintessential novel on the pains and euphoria of adolescence, forming a deep lifelong friendship, and succumbing to the desires of the opposite sex, of which, after years stuck in a Monastery, it’s a case of making up for lost time. Even though there are many layers to this book – fairytale qualities, existentialism, philosophy, love and passion, and religion, it reads surprising easily, a world away from Steppenwolf.
Hesse’s enriched prose and beautifully ladened descriptions of the landscapes, had a slight resemblance to the writings Knut Hamsun, and for a novel first published in and set in Medieval Germany it still felt remarkably fresh, as it simply deals with the universal problems of growing up and finding one’s true worth in the world.
Regardless of place and time. Narcissus and Goldmund is ultimately a raging battle between the body and mind and the plague! View all 21 comments. Aug 23, Hans rated it it narziiss amazing Shelves: Can I just say that I absolutely love Hermann Hesse. For me his words speak directly to my soul.
I have never exclusively followed an author except Hesse. He is absolutely brilliant and his works are so nuanced to the point where they only mean anything to the reader unless they can relate in some profound way.
I have now finished all of his major works and I must say “bravo”. All of his books are about the turmoil and duality of the human soul. He speaks my language. My next goal is to learn German so Hezse can read his books again in his native tongue. Goldmund and Narcissus is about that duality except in the form of two separate characters. One is a thinker the other a feeler, one values rationality and reason and the other values intuition.
One lives in the world of abstract ideas and the other in the world of sensuality and marziss senses. One lives the life of hesxe duty bound priest the other an Artist.