Jan 31, 2007

Das Glasperlenspiel - Hermann Hesse (Updated)

Just finished this book :) Review will follow tomorrow hopefully.


Ok, here comes my review.

I read this book for quite a long time and with pleasure, but still got a feeling of not understanding it completely. So I made a little research about the author and his novel The Glass Bead Game (Das Glasperlenspiel).

Hermann Hesse (1877 - 1962) is German poet, writter and painter. He got Nobel prize in Literature in 1946. The Glass Bead Game is on of his most well known writtings. H. Hesse was interested in theological writtings, Greek mythology, got inspired by Shopenhauer and budhism. He was stronply against nazis and war.

He started The Glass Bead Game already in 1931, first published in 1943, Swiss. When nazis banned his writtings, this novel served as spiritual haven from political conflicts and war. It is his last novel as well.

The Glass Bead Game tells about intelectuals living in fictional province in 23rd Century called Castalia. Do mind, that novel isn`t science fiction! Intelectuals live in monastic order, mainly care only about different arts - music, philosophy, mathematics etc. Glass bead game - the greatest art of them all - is about connection different usually not connected disciplines in reality, for example music with arhitecture. The best of Game players becomes Magister Ludi. Main character Joseph Knecht is very talanted student and Castalia`s citizen. He becomes Magister Ludi and is brilliant at his work, but with time he understands, that he needs to do more, do something else to help the real world understand and love Castalia (if real world will lost it`s need in those spiritual workers, it wil be end of Castalia. So he resignes from his position and leaves Castalia to teach his friend Designori son. Tragedy lies in the obstacle that Castalia has made him unsuitable for his longed real life...

To what conclusion I came? The Game symbolize the ways how humans construct realities; to understand the reality one needs to understand many things, questings, sciences etc. and has to be able to connect cause with results. Besides, this book is much about following one`s destiny and fulfilling it.

As I said previously, this book is like real chokolate. To really get the taste, one needs to read slowly. H. Hesse uses long sentences, references to other musical works and writtings as well as rich language. I read this book in my native language (so I`m not able to write down some quotations, sorry for that) and I shall say that I didn`t know many words :D

Not everyone will like this book. Some will put it back in shelf not getting through first fifty pages about what is Castalia and glass bead game (these ones were boring for me....).

Jan 26, 2007

TBR Challenge

Joined this challenge a minute ago. Hope to stick to the reading list 2007 (on the left) and read one book per month. It would be great to read more, but I doubt it, `cause there`s only 24 hours per day :) I used to be real book worm once, but high school and job made their corrections....
Right now I`m approximately in the middle of "Das Glasperlenspiel". This book is like good music or chokolate cake - I can`t eat much of it in one time.

Jan 15, 2007

Took a quiz - Career Inventory Test

You are a Planner, possible professions include - management consultant, economist, scientist, computer programmer, environmental planner, new business developer, curriculum designer, administrator, mathematician, psychologist, neurologist, biomedical researcher, strategic planner, civil engineer, intellectual properties attorney, designer, editor/art director, inventor, informational-graphics designer, financial planner, judge.

Have to think about it....

Jan 14, 2007

First impression

Not bad. Not bad at all. Easy to use and nice looking. Hope it will inspire me to write interesting posts here.
What I want to write about:
  • society (different people, different thoughts...)
  • tourism business, marketing, human resources
  • issues that worries me on this planet
  • thoughts about life

Why I don`t write in my mother`s tongue? One needs to use foreign language constantly not to forget it. That`s what I`m trying to do.