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Das GlasperlenspielCht has been consumed with mastering the Glass Bead Game which reuires a synthesis of aesthetics and philosophy which he achieves in adulthood becoming a Magister Ludi Master of the Game Second IntroductionI saw that a Goodreader commented on another review that they felt this was a book for young people which caught my attention with a jolt because I had barely finished thinking that this was plainly a book written by an old man Which it was These are in no way contradictory notions they even sit together as one of the themes of the book meaningful and meaningless cycle of master and pupil this courtship of wisdom by youth of youth by wisdom this endless oscillating game was the symbol of Castalia p207 First IntroductionSince I have had a second introduction it follows that I ought to really have a first one So here it isBecause we have a game in the title and playing this game is of some significance in the novel then that might be a place to start Another review mentioned the possibility that the game was a form of pure mathematics while reading it occurred to me that it was a way of talking about fiction A game the reader and author play by themselves and that the author plays with the reader not all games are eually amusing as one notices That led to the conclusion that the game was another game a McGuffin A thing that serves to get Cary Grant from New York to the middle of a wheat field so somebody can try to machine gun him from an aeroplane because somebody else thought it might look good on celluloid We simply have to accept it has no greater meaning than to be intrinsically meaningful to the characters even if no machine guns are involved view spoiler they are not nor aeroplanes but there is a car hide spoiler

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FREE EPUB ´ MOBI Das Glasperlenspiel í 9780312278496 ☆ REFLECTIONSLISBURNLTD Ú The final novel of Hermann Hesse The Glass Bead Game is a fascinating tale of the complexity of modern life as well as a classic of modern literatureSet in the twenty third century The Glass Bead Game isThe final novel of Hermann Hesse The Glass Bead Game is a fascinating tale of the complexity of modern life as well as a classic of modern literatureSet in the twenty third century The G The Lasting Effects of Young Reading A Short MemoirI first read The Glass Bead Game almost 60 years ago It changed my life With just the right cues of romance high tech adventure philosophical mystery and heroism the book invaded my adolescent mind laid down roots and suggested a long term plan I would one day be able to play the Game And I succeeded at least during a goodly portion of my adult life when I wasn’t distracted by the trivialities of wealth status and religion So I realised it was about time for me to revisit the ur inspiration A dangerous undertaking I know but perhaps the book could provide a sort of retrospective structure that I couldn’t consciously recall Worth the risk thenThe epigraph alone rekindles the fire that smoulders still in my unconscious Nothing is harder yet nothing is necessary than to speak of certain things whose existence is neither demonstrable nor probable The very fact that serious and conscientious men treat them as existing things brings them a step closer to existence and to the possibility of being born I have experienced just this motivation with the force of compulsion The task is both poetic and practical to help people particularly myself to see what is hidden by what they already see the things within and beyond what is apparently there For a child of 13 or so to have one’s inarticulate intuition confirmed that there is to life than its surface is profoundly importantI viewed the “Order” and the fellowship of the game seriously and admired “ the maximum integration of the individual into the hierarchy of the educators and scholars “ My first attempt involved a Carmelite monastery The next a military career Followed by a time in professional academia and subseuently an international consulting firm which is best described as a professional Protestant monastery All these and most choices that followed had the intention of assimilation into one form or another of an organisation of united and mutually supportive minds The professional context didn’t really matter I had it appears a calling not dissimilar to that of the young Joseph Knecht eventually the Magister Ludi who had “the capacity for enthusiasm subordination reverence worshipful service” necessary to persist in The Game Even today I find myself a member of a Dominican academic community which is the same size and similar in atmosphere to that of Knecht’s school at Waldzell Somewhat remarkably I suppose I have never been a joiner of clubs or groups or congregations only those with some sort of monastic potentialEven the international firm to which I belonged commercial as is was had an ethos which could have been taken straight from The Game It’s senior partners were among the most powerful and influential business leaders in the country Yet the head of the firm said to me proudly one day at lunch “Nobody knows my name” When he said this I immediately recalled Hesse’s lines “The hierarchic organization cherishes the ideal of anonymity and comes very close to the realization of that ideal” Rarely did this assimilation ever feel oppressive or threatening to my individuality As with The Game “For us a man is a hero and deserves special interest only if his nature and his education have rendered him able to let his individuality be almost perfectly absorbed in its hierarchic function without at the same time forfeiting the vigorous fresh admirable impetus which makes for the savor and worth of the individual” In order to make the point I had the habit of submitting an undated resignation on the day I started any job Even that felt like a ritual of integration I exercised it myself by “leaping” to use Joseph Knecht’s term whenever I felt The Game was being threatenedThe idea of the rules of The Game its language and symbology undoubtedly provoked some sort of teen age mysticism But what most attracted me and still does is that The Game is “ a mode of playing with the total contents and values of our culture” years later I would discover Wittgenstein and know that this is precisely what he must have meant in his term ‘language games’ The downside from a career perspective of course is that narrow disciplinary constrains and professional s became increasingly problematic The world at large expects increasing specialisation with age But for me intellectual maturity has always been a matter of expansion rather than refinement This has made me less well off than I might have been But I am than content I also find that I retain some tendencies toward teen age mysticism Perhaps this is an accomplishmentIt has been said that one is born either an Aristotelian or a Platonist Empirically it seems to me there is some strength in this assertion I am certainly in the camp of the latter and therefore fit right in to the Platonic bias of The Game which Aristotelians would merely find just silly It was Hesse who piued my interest in philosophers like Nicholas of Cusa and Gottfried Leibniz And through them into the idea of the ideal as a symbol of both purpose and the aesthetical Unconsciously I suppose I found myself associating with other Platonists and uasi Platonists West Churchman at Berkeley Russell Ackoff and Tom Cowan at Penn Oliver O’Donovan at Oxford Around each of these was a sort of invisible college the members of which unknowingly participated in many rounds of The Game That many of them are dead or no longer in my daily life is neither regrettable nor sad since the Order continues to unite usHesse’s idea of the Age of the Feuilleton as a motivating social force for the development of The Game resonated in my young life with what I perceived as the random character of what people worried about nuclear war mortal sin cures for acne and what might actually matter For Hesse the daily newspaper was about gossip than the factual information necessary for life Hesse’s narrator has only disdain for this age of wasted freedom Years later I encountered William Gaddis’s Recognitions and had a spark of remembrance about Hesse’s witty critiues of celebrity and “intellectual privateers” particularly among self proclaimed artists and most specifically writers And many years still later I am overwhelmed by Hesse’s prescience in anticipating the evil of unintelligent internet social media Perhaps they will be exactly the catalyst necessary for the real creation of The GameMathematics and Music are the core disciplines of The Game I can blame Hesse for implanting this as a seed in my psyche It legitimised for me my interest in numbers but certainly not the techniues of calculation insisted upon by my teachers and classical music of which none of my contemporaries had the slightest interest Once again it is unclear whether The Game provoked or merely articulated these interests Ultimately it doesn’t matter because The Game is my personal symbol for both Recently while reading Edward Rothstein’s Emblems of Mind a book which critiues music in terms of mathematical aesthetics and vice versa I had very clear flashbacks of my pleasant surprise at being able to adopt Hesse’s discovery as my own I have occasionally abandoned either mathematics or music as one might lose one’s childhood religion But they have always returned as the matrix of my own version of The GameI could go on ad nauseam recounting the many other specific influences that The Glass Bead Game has had on my life But this short reflection is enough to show me the profound depths to which we can be influenced by what we consume as literature in early life I don’t know what lessons this might entail Perhaps the reflection is only productive as a sort of therapy that makes conscious what has been hidden for decades from will and choice Hesse suggests this might be his intent in the text where he describes The Game evolving as “a form of concentrated self awareness for intellectuals“ Having said that there is nothing I would change about allowing The Game into my life

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Lass Bead Game is the story of Joseph Knecht who has been raised in Castalia the remote place his society has provided for the intellectual elite to grow and flourish Since childhood Kne I like Herman Hesse I like Siddhartha I remember liking Steppenwolf I like huge sagas that probe the mind I usually like weighty wordy novels where nothing in particular happensI did not like the Glass Bead GameI really did not like the Glass Bead GameAnd I don’t understand how people didFirst of all I’ve gone through a lot of reviews I was about fifty percent through the book bored out of my mind and I started reading reviews trying to get some motivation to finish this tome I didn’t find ANY First of all everyone that gave it lots of stars either didn’t write a review or wrote a review that’s literally a re writing of the synopisis from Wikipedia I’m not trying to insinuate that they didn’t really read it or that they didn’t really understand it or even that they are trying to seem cool by giving a Nobel winning book a good star rating I’m not insinuating that but I have to wonder I didn’t hardly find a single review that actually illuminated what that person actually enjoyed about the book Most reviews were along the lines of “This story follows the life of Josef Knecht who rose to become the youngest Master Ludi” Or “This book talks about elitism intellectualism and touches on Buddhism”Ok? But what did any of you THINK about that? I mean I know WHAT the book is about I want to know if you enjoyed the presentation of those arguments the story did you agree or disagree?There was nothing about that So at 50% through I stopped reading I have a rule I usually give a book 100 pages to grab me if it’s a long book I’ll give it 200 I gave this book than a fair shake I even looked for reasons to keep going but I don’t think there are anyThere is nothing in this book that wasn’t a total rehash of every other book that Hesse wrote So here is my opinion this is a dull drab affair in which nothing happens I feel that there were some really interesting things that COULD have happened or hell even a treatise just on the ideals of the Glass Bead Game itself would’ve been interesting I love the idea that the GBG is a synthesis of the knowledge and culture of mankind throughout history The Glass Bead Game is a design that is supposed to move this story forward that is supposed to be the gravitational pull at the center of the book that all the words orbit around Instead it’s nothing that’s nearly so forceful; it’s shrouded in mystery but not the interesting leaves you wondering days after the book kind it’s the oh you couldn’t be bothered to actually figure it out kind That leaves Josef as the driving force of the book but the only time he comes to life is when the actually interesting side characters come back into the book like the Master of Music Josef is just a receptacle for the intervention of the other characters So basically this book is like 800 pages of reading about someone with the personality of a garbage can and about some marbles that aren’t ever really described to you Good luck And if you honestly DID enjoy it for the love of god tell me why without summarizing the book If I hear a good enough argument I’ll go back and finish it but at this point I have no faith that it gets any better and I cannot force myself into itRead Hesse’s other books they are much enjoyable If you want something to touch your soul read Siddhartha