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However, the title Magister Ludi is misleading, as it implies the book is a straightforward bildungsroman. Incidentally, there was a rather considerable amount of students who not only more or less believed in the idea of reincarnation, but also in the truth of their own fictional Lives.

The Glass Bead Game

Historical awareness is what ultimately awakens Knecht’s ethical consciousness, sending him to turn his hfsse on Castalia and return to the world to serve it. There is a huge desire to find meaning in life through accomplishment, but this desire only opens us up to greater strivings to find that elusive peace of mind.

The plot chronicles Knecht’s education as a youth, his decision to join the order, his mastery of the Game, and his advancement in the order’s hierarchy to eventually become Magister Ludithe executive officer of the Castalian Order’s game administrators. Indeed there has not been. Das Glasperlenspiel is the last full-length novel of the German author Hermann Hesse.

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The Glass Bead Game is an ultra-aesthetic msgister which is played by the scholars, creamed off in childhood and nurtured in elite schools, in the province of Castalia. No other novel have I ever laid down without a backward glance within a few dozen pages of the end, certain at last that the great payoff for my eight hundred pages of patience was never going to come. Take me to your leader!


To misquote Voltaire – when a rat on one of his Majesty’s grain ships dies on the way from Egypt to Constantinople is the Sultan much troubled? Apr 24, J.

We cannot follow him where he goes, or discern any meaning to his ultimate sacrifice. That would accord with my memory of Siddhartha, which I hesae to be full of a rather short-sighted and egotistical personal philosophy centering on Blavatskianisms like the ‘law of attraction’which still haunts hremann self-help section to this day.

And if we were to go still further back beyond this Rainmaker and his time which to us seems so early and primitive, if we were to go several thousand years further back into the past, wherever we found man we would still find – this is our firm belief – the mind of man, that mind which has no beginning and always has contained everything that it later produces.

Keely rated it liked it Shelves: We also know that Hesse was fascinated with magic. Yet it is hard to reconcile this deep satire with the general tone of the work.

Around each of these was a sort of invisible college, the members of which unknowingly participated in many rounds of The Game. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals. History holds the key to our story. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. A game the reader and author play by themselves and that the author plays with the reader, not all games are equally amusing as one notices.

These are in no way contradictory notions, they even sit together as one of the themes of the book: Or magster Hesse is just dull, in earnest, and I don’t remotely agree with him. By which I mean: I usually like weighty wordy novels where nothing in particular happens. Jung, so there is psychology, the iChing, alchemy, God, spiritual growth view spoiler [ but no skirt chasing hide spoiler ].


Inspired by his book, several people have gone on to design more or less playable games to match their impressions of the game he only alludes to—you can find them on the internet if you look around—but he never does. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The Glass Bead Game is an intellectual game played encompassing all major are This is Hesse’s epic novel that tells the story of Joseph Knecht, a boy who passes through the system magiwter the Castalian Order herann become the Glass Bead Game Magister.

The Glass Bead Game by Hermann Hesse

In mahister, he heramnn the Nobel Prize for Literature. Amazon Second Chance Pass it on, trade it in, give it a second life. This order of insight connects us to the deepest past and to the remotest future, being something no education can give though it can perhaps take it away. View all 4 comments. I love the idea that the GBG is a synthesis of the knowledge and culture of mankind throughout history.