Narcissus and Goldmund is magnum opus of Herman Hesse.A pungent read for both intellectual and non-intellectual readers. Full of metaphors, every word and character is symbolic in one way or the other. It represents the inner struggle of every human being, “To be or not to be”. Questioning all the ideals and approaches of life, it moves you from the core of your heart.
Reading it is like moving on a self journey, finding yourself. Illustrating the available choices of how to live your life through characters, Hermann Hesse explores the reality of consequences of the choices we make. Whether to live according to what your heart says or mind. Apparently, it’s a story of two characters but at a deeper level it represents the conflict of inner self. Besides, it is intriguing and a pleasure to read.
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I rarely re-read books but Narcissus and Goldmund is a kind of book that you want to read again and again. Everytime,it gives you new meaning and understanding. Moreover, it really helped me to understand the current situation of the world. Though it’s written in the 1930s, it can really help you understand the world along with the existentialist crisis that we go through at some phase of our life.
Narcissus and Goldmund represent two metaphorical characters of the novel. Set in medieval time, Goldmund is a student who wants to study philosophy and intellect whereas Narcissus is a teacher who believes in wisdom. Both are extremely opposite from each other. Narcissus tries to teach wisdom to Goldmund and the story unfolds in many turns.
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It’s a story of flesh and mind or a story of philosophy and art, depending on your interpretation. The story has so much to offer. I can guarantee, you will learn that will help you for a lifetime. This review of Narcissus and Goldmund is not even a fraction of it. Once you read it, it’s gonna be your all time favorite.
A beautiful representation of different approaches towards life, Narcissus and Goldmund by Hermann and Hessey is a must read. From words to characters, everything is balanced and perfect.Description can be a little lengthy but once you grasp the story it makes sense and adds to your understanding of the story. It was Narcissus and Goldmund that made me read his other works. So, I can assure you, you won’t regret it.