Narcissus and Goldmund

Narcissus and Goldmund

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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 in 1930, Hesse's novel remains a moving and pointed exploration of the conflict between the life of the spirit and the life of the flesh. It is a theme that transcends all time.

Title:Narcissus and Goldmund
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780374506841
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    Narcissus and Goldmund Reviews

  • Erik Graff

    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. I have given away copies of it f...

  • Ahmad Sharabiani

    Narziß und Goldmund = Death and the Lover = Narcissus and Goldmund, Hermann HesseNarcissus and Goldmund is a novel written by the German–Swiss author Hermann Hesse which was first published in 1930...

  • Fergus

    What an ironically-fleshed-out prig this Narcissus guy is!Narcissus and Goldmund, as I look back on it now in my old age - far from my youthful love for it - is one of Hesse’s near-misses. Close, bu...

  • Steven Godin

    Narcissus and Goldmund tells the narrative of two men (although Goldmund gets a bigger chunk of the story), each seeking a higher fulfillment in his own way. The novel chronicles the life of an aimles...

  • Perry

    ... Artist, Smartist “We fear death, we shudder at life's instability, we grieve to see the flowers wilt..., and the leaves fall, and in our hearts we know that we, too, are transitory and will soon...

  • Hans

    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 ...

  • Brett C(urrently deployed...can't read too much)

    I enjoyed Hermann Hesse's novel of two medieval German men. The story centers on two friends: Narcissus and Goldmund. The two meet and become friends early in the cloister. Narcissus matures and finds...

  • Nefariousbig

    This is not a review. This is an expression of gratitude. Enlightened does not begin to describe the feeling one gets when eyes see, mind is set in motion, and images are processed into thoughts that ...

  • Katy Kennedy

    This was truly a magical reading experience for me. It came out of nowhere -- I'd never heard of this particular title before, despite my bibliophilic tendencies, and I had always avoided reading Hess...

  • Lorenzo Berardi

    When I was a child my parents used to punish me for my bad actions in their own way: I often had the prohibition of reading for a week. Of course I wasn't so nerd at that time and together with readin...