Narcissus and Goldmund

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Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann Hesse is a historical and philosophical fiction novel published in 1930. This book tells the story of Goldmund's search for the 'meaning of life' and his friendship with a brilliant teacher - Narcissus.

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  • Rachel Hunter
    Written on February 28, 2018
    "When it comes to inspirational novels, it is hard to classify a Herman Hesse book as just this. While Narcissus and Goldmund is inspirational at its core, it is not as cut and dried as many inspirational novels, nor as easy to understand. But it is an excellent book and of superior quality like any Hesse book, so if you're willing to dig deep, this is a good option."
  • Mark Foster
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "Coming eight years after Siddartha, there are striking similarities between the two works: a young man intent on following a spiritual path embarks instead on a life of hedonism. Despite the highly charged attraction between Brother Narcissus and his student Goldmund, the former leads an austere life, while the latter’s life is one of rampant sexuality. As with most of Hesse, this is a tale of self-discovery. Brother Narcissus eventually takes his vows and becomes abbot of the cloister. Goldmund is revealed to be a skilled artist, but his talent is overwhelmed by his need to explore the ways of the flesh. In fact, he beds so many women, one could reasonably envision this as an outline for a modern porn movie. The picaresque nature of the novel is balanced by chapters of philosophical discussion, occurring, as with Siddartha, as the two men meet again late in life. Hesse gives us two memorable characters. As with Demian, the prose is dense. Myself, I prefer the spare prose style of Siddartha. "
  • Pablo Guzmán
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "For me, Narcissus and Goldmund has some good and bad going for it. I thought it was a fast read, but it also had some dull moments. I didn't find it to be anything that special, but I learned some lessons about friendship through reading it. "
  • Rebecca Pena
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "This was a very interesting read. I found the tone of the writing was quite different than I experienced in the English reading."
  • Madison Chavez
    Written on March 1, 2018
    "This is a little-known classic that is an excellent read. Give it a try!"
  • Carol Yin
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Narcissus and Goldmund is one of the most inspiring books that I have read in a long time. Written by Hermann Hesse, it is a historical novel about Goldmund's search for the meaning of life with his teacher. It is heart warming and also suspenseful. I couldn't wait to find out what would happen next. Excellent read. "
  • Jiang Bai
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "Narcissus and Goldmund is the best solution for this problem. The book was originally written in german with the original title being "Narziß und Goldmund" and published in 1930. The book was only later translated to English in 1932."
  • Crystal Shi
    Written on April 5, 2018
    "I loved this book. It is intellectually challenging, but not overly so. I have read this book three times and each time I got something different from it. I could visualize medieval life within the pages of this book and I got to explore the duality of human nature in the relationship of these two friends. I would recommend this book to everyone. A timeless classic read. "
  • Sergio Segura
    Written on March 4, 2018
    "Any story that involves seduction by a young Gypsy girl should be riveting. This is not. It fails to capture one's attention, and reads more like an old time slash fiction than a classic novel. Still, it works in a pinch when there's not something with pictures handy."
  • Devansh Balasubramanium
    Written on February 27, 2018
    "to top your list of Christian readings, Narcissus and Goldmund educate and teach 2 very good lessons. These are not to be missed"

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