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Hermann Hesse''s Narcissus and Goldmund is the story of a passionate yet uneasy friendship between two men of opposite character. Narcissus, an ascetic instructor at a cloister school, has devoted himself solely to scholarly and spiritual pursuits. One of his students is the sensual, restless Goldmund, who is immediately drawn to his teacher''s fierce intellect and sense of discipline. When Narcissus persuades the young student that he is not meant for a life of self-denial, Goldmund sets off in pursuit of aesthetic and physical pleasures, a path that leads him to a final, unexpected reunion with Narcissus.

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“A poetic novel unique in its fascination.” ―Thomas Mann

“Hesse was a great writer in precisely the modern sense: complex, subtle, allusive; alive to the importance of play, to the desperate yet frolicsome game of writing....Narcissus and Goldmund is his very best....What makes this short book so limitlessly vast is the body-and-soul-shaking debate that runs through it, which it has the honesty and courage not to resolve: between the flesh and spirit, art and scientific or religious speculation, action and contemplation, between the wayfaring and the sedentary in us.” ―The New York Times Book Review

“One of the most profound and magical novels published in our age.” ―Kirkus Reviews

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Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) was a German poet and novelist. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1962. He was the author of works including Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, and Demian.

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robin friedmanTop Contributor: Philosophy
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Rereading Narcissus And Goldmund
Reviewed in the United States on November 21, 2018
This past Fourth Of July, I tried to think of an American book which expressed something of our country in a fresh way. I settled on Kerouac''s "On The Road", a book I have read several times and reviewed some time ago. A wonderfully kind and intelligent friend praised the... See more
This past Fourth Of July, I tried to think of an American book which expressed something of our country in a fresh way. I settled on Kerouac''s "On The Road", a book I have read several times and reviewed some time ago. A wonderfully kind and intelligent friend praised the choice and suggested parallels between Kerouac''s book and my reading of it and Herman Hesse''s 1930 novel, "Narcissus and Goldmund". Since reading Hesse in my college years of fifty years ago I have tended to avoid him (with the exception of rereading "Steppenwolf"). Hesse reminded me too much of the turbulence of the 1960s, when he became popular with American readers and of the influence of these years which remain with us, mostly for the worse in my view. Still, my friend''s reminding me of "Narcissus and Goldmund" struck a nerve and I wanted to revisit the book. The sins of American counterculture are not to be laid at the door of Hesse.

I remembered little beyond the bare outlines of "Narcissus and Goldmund" from my reading of years ago. The book indeed has its similarities to "On The Road" in that it tells the story of two friends with markedly different outlooks on life, portrays the life of wandering from place to place (with one protagonist but not both), and deals with dualities and with searches for the meaning of one''s life. These themes have a strong appeal to students and young people. They tend to be covered up and rejected as people get older and settled into ways of living and earning a living. I think that is in some ways necessary but it also is a pity. People still have to deal with themselves even if the exigences of the day sometimes make them feel, unjustifiably, that they have resolved youthful questions by settled living.

Hesse''s novel is set in medieval Europe in the mid-14th century and tells the story of the friendship of its two title characters. Narcissus is a young highly intellectual person which a disciplined mind and a degree of intellectual arrogance. He teaches Greek and grammar in the cloister and in later years becomes the Abbot. He befriends the slightly younger Goldmund who is abruptly left at the cloister by his father. Goldmund has an artistic, sensual and sexual nature, far removed from the analytical mind of his friend. The story of the book takes place over many years and opens and closes in the cloister. The book also includes scenes of Goldmund wandering for years on the road as a wastrel and meeting danger, sex, and the gruesome reality of the Black Death. Goldmund also lives for some years in a large medieval city and learns the skills to be a sculptor and artist.

The book contrasts the life of the mind with the life of the flesh. The characters are types in this book but also come alive as individuals. The two friends have many discussions about mind and heart and live out their different natures in the course of the book. The dualities are more sharply drawn than would be the case in the lives of most individuals, but that fact does not lessen the value of recognizing and understanding them. Many readers will find strong echoes of Jung, Freud and Nietzsche in the pages of this novel. The strongest influence remains that of Plato. It is a Plato of reason and the mind but a Plato fully aware of the power of art and the senses. Late in the book, Narcissus says to his friend:

"The thinker tries to determine and to represent the nature of the world through logic. He knows that reason and its tool, logic, are incomplete -- the way an intelligent artist knows full well that his brushes or chisels will never be able to express perfectly the radiant nature of an angel or a saint. Still they both try, the thinker as well as the artist, each in his own way. They cannot and may not do otherwise. because when a man tries to realize himself through the gifts with which nature has endowed him, he does the best and only meaningful thing he can do. That''s why, in former days, I often said to you: don''t try to imitate the thinker or the ascetic man, but be yourself, try to realize yourself."

Hesse''s book is moving and penetrating in its portrayal of the life of the mind and of the life of the heart and of the forces of human sexuality. There is much to be loved in the book and much contemporary American readers may relearn about sexuality and male-female relationships. I was glad to have the opportunity to read "Narcissus and Goldmund" again after a lifetime and to reflect again about broad questions of philosophy and art which can be buried sometimes but which never go away.

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Reviewed in the United States on July 18, 2020
To me, Narcissus and Goldmund is the best book by Hesse. Knulp, Steppenwolf and Siddhartha were good hints of what would become Hesse''s masterpiece, Narcissus and Goldmund. The story details two people, Narcissus, the academic and logical, and Goldmund, the artist and... See more
To me, Narcissus and Goldmund is the best book by Hesse. Knulp, Steppenwolf and Siddhartha were good hints of what would become Hesse''s masterpiece, Narcissus and Goldmund. The story details two people, Narcissus, the academic and logical, and Goldmund, the artist and wanderer. The story mostly follows Goldmund''s journey throughout his life, his lustful escapades and his ultimate knowledge of life. This surpassed my expectations. Steppenwolf, another great novel by Hesse, was written three years prior in 1927. And certain hints of it are in this book. How does a person find their purpose? This is the question that went through my mind while reading it. In the end, it is answered.
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W Perry Hall
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Reviewed in the United States on January 18, 2016
Published in 1930, this 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... See more
Published in 1930, this 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. He 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 Plague. There''s much more, but I''ll add no more so I don''t spoil the story, except to say that when both he and Narcissus, now an abbot, are much older, they visit and converse at length with each other.

The novel provides perhaps the most vivid contrast I''ve read between art, the beauty of the skin and sensual pleasures, on the one hand, and beauty of the spirit, stability, thinking and structure on the other.
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I defined "arena", that it is usually "strewn" w sand. (fr. vocabulary.com, great online dictionary)
Reviewed in the United States on December 30, 2020
I guess this is a good place to write that I defined “arena” (that the online dictionary: vocabulary.com. Defines it, saying “usually arenas in ancient times were strewn with sand”.) Which defines “gladiator” because they fought in “arenas”. I can get back to a... See more
I guess this is a good place to write that I defined “arena” (that the online dictionary: vocabulary.com. Defines it, saying “usually arenas in ancient times were strewn with sand”.)
Which defines “gladiator” because they fought in “arenas”.
I can get back to a little boy frame of mind, 1990, just getting started about life.
Narcissus and Goldman is a choice of being a priest or pursuing pleasure.
Defining “arena” gives me back my sanity (I’ve been crazy for 30 years simply not able to comprehend a “gladiator” fought in an arena, which is “strewn with sand”).
It’s been hard to look, learn, do anything.
But, now I know and I’m not crazy anymore.
I’m sure this is a factor my Chinese immigrant mom has had troubles in her life.
I’m just glad I found sanity for myself finally, after 30 years.
I don’t know that there’s any better way to live life, but, from a sane point of view.
I’m salt depleted. (the past 19 years)
I guess that will have an effect on what I do from here on.
But, I have me.
That’s something.
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Wisdom is found in the journey.
Reviewed in the United States on May 25, 2011
I am an avid reader and I have a pretty wide range of books, very few do I ever read twice - and this is one of them. Like many I had read Steppenwolf in high school - I don''t know if it was because it had the word "wolf" in it or that the book had been... See more
I am an avid reader and I have a pretty wide range of books, very few do I ever read twice - and this is one of them.

Like many I had read Steppenwolf in high school - I don''t know if it was because it had the word "wolf" in it or that the book had been referenced in rock-n-roll. When I read it - it was NOTHING like what I expected it to be. I was engrossed in the story and I quickly ran out to read other novels by the author. My school library only had Siddhartha, but I devoured that too. I thought that was all there is - that was all the library had and as a high school kid - attention spans are short. Those early reads of Hesse were more influential on me in high school than most other works of literature.

It wasn''t until years later (in my early 20s) that I saw more of his titles in a used book store. I snatched them all (Beneath the Wheel, Damein, Knulp, Glass Bead Game, etc.) I read them all - as they all should be read.

Out of all his works, it is Narcissus and Goldmund (IMHO) that is his silent magnum opus. It is a blend of several of his other works, characters like Knulp and Damein can be found in this story. However, it is the broader journey of youth (from innocence to the end and self-realization) that really brings this book into its own.
The book follows two characters; Goldmund a youth that is sent by his father to a cloister school - for scholarly and spiritual studies, and Narcissus, a young and knowledgeable monk/teacher who becomes friends with the young boy. Goldmund''s thirst for life and adventure outside the confined rules of the cloister propels him to leave on an adventure. Narcissus, tries to teach Goldmund wisdom - but lets him leave on this adventure - knowing that the road of life is the only TRUE way to garner wisdom.

The journey that Goldmund takes - its ups and downs, dangerous liaisons, life threatening pursuits, passions, affairs, and curiosity - is the formula of wisdom. It is this experience and knowledge of his journey.

The book does come full circle and feels complete, unlike other "coming of age" type stories. Goldmund''s voyage is completed and with that we (as the reader) become enlightened that it is sometimes the journey that is most important - in order to find our self-understanding.

This is almost like a western version of Siddhartha mixed with Catcher in the Rye - that takes place in the medieval times.
I believe it is Hesse''s best and most complete work.

While I don''t read German, I can only hope that the translation does justice to Hesse. It is very well written.

This book made a huge impression on me in my early 20s and it propelled me to go on my own Voyage. Shortly after reading this - I too left for several long (months) journeys to Central America and South East Asia. Note - I took a copy with me - read it on my travels - I still have the well worn copy.

Now in my 40s - I hope my son, when old enough - reads these books and he too takes that journey of self-discovery.
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LW
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It''s a good book to read aloud to someone
Reviewed in the United States on July 25, 2016
Interesting little tale. I have read it several times over the years. The writing is smooth and the story line keeps you in suspense. It''s a good book to read aloud to someone. I call it a tale because the setting and story are not realistic but the writing is so good, the... See more
Interesting little tale. I have read it several times over the years. The writing is smooth and the story line keeps you in suspense. It''s a good book to read aloud to someone. I call it a tale because the setting and story are not realistic but the writing is so good, the words just seem to flow and you enjoy reading it. I liked the spiritual dimension to it but wish the ending packed more of a punch.
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Mark Demers
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The rational; the emotional; and the yearning for life
Reviewed in the United States on December 13, 2017
This is a book I have read twice and could easily read a third time. It is a conversation between the philosopher and the poet, the thinker and the artist. While the descriptions of the musty monetary and the lusty bed are a bit far-fetched (it is a novel, after all), the... See more
This is a book I have read twice and could easily read a third time. It is a conversation between the philosopher and the poet, the thinker and the artist. While the descriptions of the musty monetary and the lusty bed are a bit far-fetched (it is a novel, after all), the arguments are valid, well crafted, and on more than one occasion Hesse had me on "pause" as I pondered the points and perspectives of Narcissus and Goldmund. Though neither a scholar not an artist, there is something of both inside me - and the story helped me recognize my own search for life.
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Balance of the inner and outer worlds
Reviewed in the United States on January 3, 2017
"Narcissus and Goldmund" is a classic that can be read more than one time, and has enough depth to reveal something new each time... I especially enjoy the contrast between spiritual life in a monastery and spiritual life lived intensely and fully in the outer... See more
"Narcissus and Goldmund" is a classic that can be read more than one time, and has enough depth to reveal something new each time... I especially enjoy the contrast between spiritual life in a monastery and spiritual life lived intensely and fully in the outer world. It illustrates finding the balance and integration of the inner and outer.
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Antonio Padiglia
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Awesome book
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on July 21, 2015
If you like the ''man who travels and find himself" type of book this is a good one. A bit too long in descriptions it might seem at first, aaand through the whole book. But trust me, get to the end and it''ll all make sense. Even the way it''s written. Genius
If you like the ''man who travels and find himself" type of book this is a good one. A bit too long in descriptions it might seem at first, aaand through the whole book. But trust me, get to the end and it''ll all make sense. Even the way it''s written. Genius
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Reviewed in the United Kingdom on June 27, 2019
Very swift delivery, well packed. Good clean copy. I use Wordery regularly, very reliable.
Very swift delivery, well packed. Good clean copy. I use Wordery regularly, very reliable.
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Narcissus and Goldmund
Reviewed in the United Kingdom on January 29, 2014
A challenging book inviting the reader to examine two approaches to life, the ascetic and the sensual, while showing the consequences to the characters involved of their choice. It''s a book you can re-read over and over again without tiring of it.
A challenging book inviting the reader to examine two approaches to life, the ascetic and the sensual, while showing the consequences to the characters involved of their choice. It''s a book you can re-read over and over again without tiring of it.
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Narcissus and Goldmund.
Reviewed in India on February 27, 2017
Hello- A good book and intellectually entertaining. Narcissus- He is an ascetic a rigorous intellectual who remains in the monastery to become an abbot.He is the epitome of Masculinity,that analytical mind. Goldmund: Romantic,dreamy,flaxen-haired boy;celebrates the...See more
Hello- A good book and intellectually entertaining. Narcissus- He is an ascetic a rigorous intellectual who remains in the monastery to become an abbot.He is the epitome of Masculinity,that analytical mind. Goldmund: Romantic,dreamy,flaxen-haired boy;celebrates the lush,lyrical,rapturous,sensuous quality women;leaves the monastery to find his true nature;he epitomizes the feminine mind. Narcissus and Goldmund, are the best of friends who assist each other.A good read.
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A good book and intellectually entertaining.
Narcissus- He is an ascetic a rigorous intellectual who remains in the monastery to become an abbot.He is the epitome of Masculinity,that analytical mind.

Goldmund:
Romantic,dreamy,flaxen-haired boy;celebrates the lush,lyrical,rapturous,sensuous quality women;leaves the monastery to find his true nature;he epitomizes the feminine mind.

Narcissus and Goldmund, are the best of friends who assist each other.A good read.
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Magnum opus
Reviewed in Brazil on August 9, 2018
Obra magna de Hesse, mostra os contrastes humanos, de homens e mulheres comuns intelectuais ou passionais. Leitura altamente recomendada para quem já conhece Hesse e quem nunca leu, além de editoras brasileiras que precisam reeditar essa obra em português urgente!
Obra magna de Hesse, mostra os contrastes humanos, de homens e mulheres comuns intelectuais ou passionais. Leitura altamente recomendada para quem já conhece Hesse e quem nunca leu, além de editoras brasileiras que precisam reeditar essa obra em português urgente!
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