The Glass Bead Game
In the remote Kingdom of Castalia, the scholars of the Twenty Third century play the Glass Bead Game. The elaborately coded game is a fusion of all human knowledge - of maths, music, philosophy, science, and art. Intrigued as a school boy, Joseph Knecht becomes consumed with mastering the game as... show more
In the remote Kingdom of Castalia, the scholars of the Twenty Third century play the Glass Bead Game. The elaborately coded game is a fusion of all human knowledge - of maths, music, philosophy, science, and art. Intrigued as a school boy, Joseph Knecht becomes consumed with mastering the game as an adult. As Knecht fulfils his life-long quest he must contend with unexpected dilemmas and the longing for a life beyond the ivory tower.
Publish date: July 6th 2000
Publisher: Vintage Classics
Pages no: 530
Edition language: English
, Science Fiction
, European Literature
, 20th Century
, German Literature
This book came into my hands some 20 years ago when I was around 20 and I tried reading it for at least 10 times. The first 100 pages kept me away from the book for a long time and once I was ready for it, once I was a bit more mature, I went into this Hesse's most amazing journey. This was the firs...
bookshelves: summer-2010, published-1943, philosophy, dystopian, nobel-laureate, germany, currently-reading, autumn-2014, re-visit-2014, classic, games-people-play, play-dramatisation Recommended for: BBC Radio Listeners Read from July 18 to 26, 2010 ** spoiler alert ** Re-VISIT 2014: Cannot refu...
This will be a re-read at some point. All I can really recall from my dim youth, when Hesse was very very popular, was the characters playing something that was like eleventy dimensional chess only with glass beads.
Dala bih joj 5/5 da nije suvoparnog uvoda. Možda još nisam sazrela za nju.
"The Glass Bead Game" is so full of thoughts. I first loved it for it's freemasonic ideas, the scholarly touch, the way a world was created in my mind. Later for the impressingly drawn picture of an interaction between system and individual. Towards the end of Knechts life for the calm, relaxing, ma...
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