The Journey To The East

The Journey To The East Hermann Hesse s novels are great mythic structures dealing with the ultimate questions of life Hesse s work is a continuing dialogue with himself The Journey to the East is the story of a youthful pi

  • Title: The Journey To The East
  • Author: Hermann Hesse Hilda Rosner
  • ISBN: 9780553073621
  • Page: 495
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Hermann Hesse s novels are great, mythic structures dealing with the ultimate questions of life Hesse s work is a continuing dialogue with himself The Journey to the East is the story of a youthful pilgrimage that seemingly failed As the book opens, the narrator is engaged in writing the chronicle of this remembered adventure the central experience of his youth As he bHermann Hesse s novels are great, mythic structures dealing with the ultimate questions of life Hesse s work is a continuing dialogue with himself The Journey to the East is the story of a youthful pilgrimage that seemingly failed As the book opens, the narrator is engaged in writing the chronicle of this remembered adventure the central experience of his youth As he becomes immersed in retelling the chronicle, the writer realizes that only he has failed, that the youthful pilgrimage continues in a shining and mysterious way.

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    1. This is an anomaly in Hesse’s oeuvre – a personal piece in which he risks alienating his wider audience, and yet in another sense his most universal work. It’s true, I say this having had few successes in recommending it, yet so far no-one I’ve given it to has disliked it, even if it has left them frustrated or puzzled or underwhelmed. The crux of it is, it’s the story of a failure. An inevitable failure, I would say, but as Hesse himself says early in the piece, “the seemingly impos [...]

    2. Die Morgenlandfahrt = The Journey to the East, Hermann Hesse Journey to the East is a short novel by German author Hermann Hesse. It was first published in German in 1932 as "Die Morgenlandfahrt". This novel came directly after his biggest international success, Narcissus and Goldmund. Journey to the East is written from the point of view of a man (in the book called "H. H.") who becomes a member of "The League", a timeless religious sect whose members include famous fictional and real character [...]

    3. Hermann Hesse writes as though his words are god's perspective, but I don't believe in god And, for the most part, I think god is boring. Unlike Siddhartha, a book which everybody loves because they think they will look dumb if they don't, Journey to the East is a book that doesn't claim to have all the answers. I feel this quote from within its text describes it best."The clearest relationships were distorted, the most obvious were forgotten, the trivial and unimportant pushed into the foregrou [...]

    4. This probably shouldn’t have been my introduction to Hermann Hesse’s work, but what can you do? I saw the modest little volume at the library and thought: “Gee, I should probably read Steppenwolf or Demian first, but why not whet my appetite with this? One book by the Nobel Prize winner should give me a taste of his genius, right?”Um, not quite. It’s an opaque, confounding book about a man named H.H. (I’m assuming it’s partly autobiographical) who looks back on his time in a myster [...]

    5. "Poet of the Interior Journey"There was a time in my 20’s when I was obsessed with Hermann Hesse. I was a Hesse Obsessor. After all, he was regarded highly enough as an author to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946.Something now lures me back to the novels I read then, "Siddhartha" and "Steppenwolf". However, I thought I would try this one as a "wedgie" or stopgap between more ambitious projects.In truth, this is more a novella than a novel.Even burdened by a 30 page introduction by Dr [...]

    6. I have enjoyed the novels I have read by Hesse, but this wasn't really one that resonated with me. The narrator H.H joins a quasi-religious organisation called The League which has ancient roots and members from reality and fiction: Plato, Don Quixote, Mozart, Tristram Shandy, Baudelaire, Puss in Boots (I kid you not). There is a pilgrimage to the East, which falls apart when a servant called Leo seems to disappear. Of Course, Leo is much more than a servant as the rest of the novella reveals, w [...]

    7. Κάθε φορά που διαβάζω Hesse, διαπιστώνω πόσο μεγάλος συγγραφέας είναι.

    8. برای من کتابِ فوق‌العاده‌ای بود. با این‌که در ابتدا روایت داستانیِ قوی‌ای هم نداشت، و روایت‌های پراکنده‌ای از خاطرات سفری به سوی صبح بود، اما از نیمه‌های کتاب که با حقایق روبرو می‌شد و از گم‌گشتگی خودش آگاه، با دل آدم حرف می‌زد. برای کسی که راه سلوک را رفته باشد یا بخواهد [...]

    9. اون قد نثرش فاخر بود که آدمو دنبال خودش می کشوند و البته حواسشو از داستان پرت میکرد. داستان سهل و راحتی نیس؛ خصوصاً که گریزها و تلمیح ها و اشارات زیادی داره که آدمو گیج می کنه. ولی رو هم رفته حال و هواش خوبه.

    10. Why is Hesse's concept of enlightenment indistinguishable from mental illness? First, in The Glass Bead Game, we get the depiction of a 'secular saint', and the signs of his enlightenment are that he has stopped all his creative work, often sits lost in thought, making no sign he understands anyone speaking to him, and when he does respond, it is with a brief non-sequitur. He otherwise wanders the gardens day and night with a bland smile frozen to his face. Perhaps it's only me who looks at thos [...]

    11. Such a strange journey, such an elusive destination. This is equally horrible and mystical, and it is a somewhat difficult task to try and make sense of the ending. I found myself drawn to Leo immediately, while H.H. I could more easily identify with. This made it both confusing and slightly depressing. It seems that life is much more magical and mystical in youth, and while I am still very young myself, I find that any excitement towards spirituality I once had, has been slowly replaced over th [...]

    12. A disconcerting book because we lose all the landmarks of time and space. But this book also made me think of Kafka and his novel The Castle. The members of the order evoked for me the inhabitants of the village and HH in K.

    13. How does one begin a review of Hermann Hesse’s work? My first experience of his books was with “The Glass Bead Game”, the content of which fascinated me at the time and I found it easy to read. However, this book has really got me thinking and much as I like it, I wonder if the author is playing with the reader?This is a spiritual journey of a German choirmaster called H.H. (could this be the author himself?) who unsuccessfully attempts to write about the “great journey” he made when h [...]

    14. I had read another book by Hesse prior to this - Knulp. The present book in review also shares the same quality that was found in the earlier book. That is, the book is relatively 'dull'. I mean the plot is not that riveting to keep the reader on the edge. Rather, the plot moves in its own pace and Hesse wants the reader to read between the lines.As a result, a reader can come away from it carrying many messages. I came away with one and by sharing it I will end my review.Hesse must have been ha [...]

    15. الرواية كانت صعبة الى حد مامافهمته ان هذه الرواية تسرد قصة نمو النفس ومرورها بمراحل الحياة المختلفة.

    16. Kitapla ilgili felsefi birçok yorum yapılabilir zira buna fazlasıyla elverişli bir kitap olmuş. İnsan psikolojisi, yabancılaşma hissi, hata, inkar, kabullenmeHepsi çıkıyor bu yolculukta okurun karşısına ve okur okuduklarını kendince anlamlandırmaya çalışırkenÖyle bir "son" geliyor ki işte o anda, ne kadar usta bir yazarı okuduğunuzu anlıyorsunuz. Metin içindekilerle yapılan ilişkilendirme sonda muhteşem, her kitabın sonu benzer şekilde keyif vermemiştir bana. Aç [...]

    17. An incredible writer makes a truly depressing not-much-actually-happens story-story into something inspirational.If you've ever found yourself wallowing in despair, utterly disconsolate, and demoralized, then this book is for you. League brother H looks back upon his life and questions the meaning of his every choice and action. He finds himself in the throes of an existential crisis.Insightful little book. Warning: Inconclusive ending.Several main points:+ Despair is the constant state of human [...]

    18. Although the most difficult to comprehend of Hesse's novels, The Journey to the East was, upon reading, one of my favorites as it left me with some vague, yet powerful, apprehension of a vital truth--something like those essential words we find "at the tip of the tongue" but are unable to speak, those aspects of memory we know to be there but cannot recollect, those revelations conveyed in dreams, in deliria or under the influence of psychotropics.Now, having substantially wasted my life and bei [...]

    19. I have read many books by many great minds. Sartre, Camus, Dostoevsky, Nobakov, Ayn Rand et al. I find an inner struggle to find out the various aspects of truth in their writing. Their works disturb us. They inspire us. They confuse us about ourselves. They make us question. And they propel us towards a self-exploring journey.But, reading Hesse is different. When I read him, I don't feel as if I am reading a literary expert or philosopher. I feel as I am with a saint. The man who has experience [...]

    20. "he who travels far will often see things Far removed from what he believed was Truth. When he talks about it in the fields at home, He is often accused of lying, For obdurate people will not believeWhat they do not see and distinctly feel.Inexperience, I believe,Will give little credence to my song."

    21. کتاب بنوعی قدم نهادن در راه طریقت و شریعت است و هسه ان را ظاهرا در ذهن خود همراه افراد سرشناسی مثل موتسارت شروع نموده و نام بردن از ان ها شاید در ابتدا نشاندهنده شخصیت گرایی اوست و خود ارتباط با حلقه نیز گویای ان است و پس از مدتی با ترک یکی از افراد مهم حلقه علیرغم ریاضت هایی که ک [...]

    22. If ever the maxim ‘not the destination but the journey’ were true, this would be the perfect example. Not even considering the fact the ‘travelers’ on this journey never make it to the East, which is in fact a metaphor or our own individual passage from solitude to the enlightenment of the communal whole. The community for this particular journey is called The League. And as they transverse through time and space encountering Don Quixote and Noah’s Ark, members of the League such as Mo [...]

    23. (ذلك لأن هدفنا لم يكن الشرق وحده، أو أن الشرق لم يكن مجرد بلاد أو شيء جغرافي، بل كان وطن الروح وشبابها. كان الشرق في كل مكان ولم يكن في أي مكان)من أكثر كتب هيسه، التي قرأتها، رمزية وغموضاتحس بعد قراءته أنه ليس رواية مستقلة بل هو أقرب ما يكون إلى فصل من رواية أو جزء من سيرة ذاتيةا [...]

    24. My favorite Herman Hesse books. Actually one of the few books by him that I like! I think he is a very overrated book but I really liked it. It's like a more mature Alice in Wonderland at times because it has that sense of unbounded whimsical-ness but the characters are older so they can really appreciate the wonder. It is very short though.

    25. Finishing this book is like sleeping and dreaming and waking up and feeling like you're still dreaming. But in a sad way. I.e. I loved it so much.

    26. Hesse is usually one of my favored writers, but this one left me cold and unimpressed. I went through it quickly, having felt that the other books told his ideas better. It's not a bad book, though.

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