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The Glass Bead Game: (Magister Ludi) A Novel Kindle Edition
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The Glass Bead Game, for which Hesse won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946, is the author's last and crowning achievement, the most imaginative and prophetic of all his novels. Setting the story in the distant postapocalyptic future, Hesse tells of an elite cult of intellectuals who play an elaborate game that uses all the cultural and scientific knowledge of the Ages. The Glass Bead Game is a fascinating tale of the complexity of modern life as well as a classic of modern literature.
This edition features a Foreword by Theodore Ziolkowski that places the book in the full context of Hesse's thought.
An intricate bildungsroman about humanity's eternal quest for enlightenment and for synthesis of the intellectual and the participatory life.-- "Merriam-Webster Encyclopedia of Literature"
While the length may seem daunting, Colacci's voice remains fresh through the 17th CD of this captivating novel.
- ASIN : B00ANI9G0O
- Publisher : Holt Paperbacks; First edition (6 December 2002)
- Language : English
- File size : 1775 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 580 pages
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Some would say that 'fun' is not always the point of a book and I agree, but on some level it must resonate with the reader, or the reader's interpretive community. As I look back at Hess with a gap of 50 years the goal posts have changed; we no longer look at Sgt Pepper as a psychedelic experience, destined to send us into a higher plane of existence, but just a very good album that in many ways changed the direction of popular music. We no longer think of Andy Warhol as a guru, but a kind of Sixties Banksy who saw the way the wind was blowing and weaponised it. Looking through Timothy Leary's eyes was ok until you gave up the drugs and then the scales dropped from your eyes and the love-in of Woodstock faded from memory at the stark reality of Altamont. So, what I am saying is that Hess, and more precisely The Glass Bead Game was the focus of a certain counter culture which has not stood the test of time, a fad that rode on the back of a lot of nihilistic weirdness. Granted, there are certain themes, for example the description of the age of Feuilleton that would appear prophetic and prescient except that the concept has been part of the human condition since writing was invented. So not really prophetic, then.
I give it two stars, not one, because it is an interesting curiosity, but not one to be overly concerned with.
Hesse's book is a precursor for understanding CENTRE The Truth about Everything a rare book of wisdom about locating the Centre, understanding it, using it and how to enter it.
After reading the kindle I ordered the paperback (Vintage Classic) but returned the book as the last three chapters THE THREE LIVES (previous lives of Knecht) are not in this edition! These stories are a vital part of Knecht's quest and preparation for his awakening to universal wisdom. (I found a second hand paperback edition of THE GLASS BEAD GAME that was complete: Picador ISBN 0-312-27849-7).
A sublime read reminding us of our human destiny to Awaken.