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Return to Book Page. El Juego de Abalorios by Hermann Hesse. Bastien Perrot, experto en musica, dio el nombre de Juego de abalorios a un ejercicio intelectual para el cual utilizaba perlas de vidrio en lugar de signos graficos. Pitagoras, los chinos, los humanistas del Renacimiento, los romanticos, imaginaron una y otra vez ese juego. En el un grupo de jovenes se consagran a la musica, a la astronomia, a las matematicas, con absoluto desden por todo placer carnal.
En el centro de ellos, Joseph Knecht, representante de Ia orden laica de Castalia, ensena a los benedictinos el “juego de abalorios,” entablando relaciones con la orden religiosa dirigida por un historiador, que de ese modo lo introduce en el seno mismo de la ciencia historica. Sera la Historia la encargada de demostrar que Castalia no puede ser eterna; el dinamismo del mundo exterior chocara irremediablemente contra la perfeccion inmovil del casto pais. Entonces se volveran mas reales las profeticas palabras de los poemas de Knecht: Published by Sudamericana first published To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.
To ask other readers questions about El Juego de Abaloriosplease sign up. Kate Parr I would say if you’re waiting for a big event, or grand set piece, that doesn’t really happen. You’re reading a biography, albeit a fictional one, and …more I would say if you’re waiting for a big event, or grand set piece, that doesn’t really happen. You’re reading a biography, albeit a fictional one, and it is more concerned with Joseph’s relationship to the game, his understanding of it, and by extension his society.
I found muego a most peaceful and delightful book, but then a society who reveres learning and scholarly study is my idea of heaven! However, if after a hundred pages, the language and descriptions haven’t grabbed you, then there’s probably nothing that follows that will.
So yes, definitely others saw the connection. We also know that Hesse was fascinated with magic.
Has Rowling read Hesse? An intriguing question less. See all 13 questions about El Juego de Abalorios…. Lists with This Book. This book is not yet featured on Listopia. A tremendous disappointment, especially given the shimmering praise the book garners on all sides.
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 A tremendous disappointment, especially given the shimmering praise the book garners on all sides.
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.
The two fundamental failures in the book are its main character and its central device, the Game itself. This is repeated ceaselessly throughout, in narrative asides. Meanwhile, we watch a pleasant, unassuming, talented young boy as he is handpicked by a professor, becomes a promising student whose great potential is remarked on by everyone he meets, and moves on to become a professor at a young age. He is indeed the youngest ever to become Magister Ludi, so at least that should earn him a mention in the history books.
And then he gets old; along the way he meets some people and has some conversations. And then he dies in a swimming accident, and then we riffle through some of his personal papers until the book is over. Even his youthful writings, a strange little aballorios to his own life story, echo the pattern of fervent affirmation of the importance of a character—plainly himself in thin disguise, but now being described, just as fawningly, in his own voice—who goes on to do nothing much.
If in fact Knecht ever does anything of greater historical importance than being generally agreeable and ep at what he does, it sbalorios not told to us. His life is a dull blank, undeserving of a biography at jueo, especially when at least three other characters go by who might actually have made good reading.
Consider the strangely beatified Music Master, hermmann unexpectedly mystical transcendence of humanity Knecht merely witnesses when it comes along late in the book; that might be worthy of history. A character within the Glass Bead Game dismissing the Game itself as far lesser than some other symbol system? Here, now, we have the potential for a meaty examination of this Game thing, which we deserve after putting up with so much talk about it. But Knecht just shrugs and goes about his business, and there will be no exposition upon either system.
Hesse was inspired to write, beyond doubt, by the legitimately awesome notion of the Game. He imagines a symbol system within which all academic disciplines can be encoded, and can interact with each other, like a conversion chart for all fields of knowledge. Within this system, all concepts are encoded on beads, and it seems any of them can meaningfully combine with any other, such that wild new ideas emerge in the interplay. Hwrmann is the complex discourse wherein some kind of game, some competition or contest, can flourish, a game of all human learning, ranging like lightning from one discipline to another, referencing everything.
Only a rarefied kind of academic could hope to understand such a game, let alone play it competitively. And the book is set within the cloistered academy where these super-scholars are trained. But Hesse wanted it to crown a towering edifice, worthy of the sense of weight and magnitude that was, in fact, only the subject of the idea rather than its dimensions.
By which I mean: But Hesse fooled himself, and in his excitement he determined to write a very long novel, and that was a mistake from which there could be no recovery.
The fatal problem is that Hesse wilts instantly before the task of filling in any kind of detail about what the game was and how it worked. ce
El juego de los abalorios / The Glass Bead Game : Hermann Hesse :
Inspired by his book, several people have gone on to design more or less playable games to match their impressions of the uuego he only alludes to—you can find them on the internet if you look around—but hermqnn never does.
And the more ambient suspense the author generates by promising a brilliant reality, without ever showing even a flickering corner of ujego, the worse the bland filler starts to smell when it all gets stale.
He need only sketch some part of it, fill in a detail here and a detail there that his characters can make part of their workaday conversations. He does need to do something, though, and it needs to pass muster as at least zbalorios tantalizing beginning of the thing itself. One example, perhaps, of a specific bead that represents something from the science of biology; what is written or drawn on the bead?
That would be enough. He makes frequent mention of music—indeed the deification of music, common among writers, is so relentless here as to become a minor problem in its own right—but no sign of how it relates to any other field.
El Juego de Abalorios
Of course, a writer needs to be able to let the reader fill in empty spaces that the story only sketches with spare gestures. But the gestures need to be the beginning of something worthy. Knecht has composed a complex exercise in advance, and now the other players are just acting it out, perhaps filling in some details at their own discretion but abiding by a predetermined structure.
Our one glimpse of the practical nature of the game has all the fanfare of a whoopee cushion. There are no objectives. A long book full of portentious self-promotion but with nothing to say. An elaborately wrapped present with no gift inside.
A big fat nothing. Not the nothing of the Buddhist, who longs for nothing and seeks it, but hedse of the Wizard of Oz—a nothing that noisily proclaims itself to be everything. View all 34 comments. I like Herman Hesse. I like Siddhartha, I remember liking Steppenwolf, I like huge sagas that hemrann the mind.
I usually like weighty wordy novels where nothing in particular happens. I did not like the Glass Bead Game. I really did not like the Glass Bead Game. 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 did I like Herman Hesse. 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, here is my opinion- this is a dull drab affair in which nothing happens. I love the idea that the GBG is a synthesis of the knowledge and hessse of mankind throughout history.
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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. 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. And, if you honestly DID, enjoy it, for the love of god tell me why, without summarizing the book. If you want something to touch your soul read Siddhartha. View all 22 comments. Set next to many of his other works, particularly Narcissus and Goldmund, it is atrocious.
Hermann Hesse is certainly monomaniacal in his contemplations of human nature but the GBG is entirely recycled material presented with all the finesse of an expository sledgehammer. Rarely does something transpire that it’s not mentioned three or four times in consecutive paragraphs. How many times is the fact that Joseph postpones his game instruction mentioned in the second chapter?
The novel takes place in some distant future that is in every way early nineteenth century bucolic Germany. In this utopia, a sexless dd nearly womanless and deathly dull world of abstract intellectual development, mastering intellectual abstractions is the highest calling for humanity.
That Knecht comes to realize that Castalia is too isolated from the rest of unworthy, simple-minded humanity hardly gives the impression that Hesse hadn’t settled on this as his ideal world Missing are the vivid portrayals and homoerotic tensions that propelled his novels beyond Abalorlos dialogues and ed personal journeys.
This is “Beneath the Wheel, the Really and Truly Uncut Edition” as though the intervening decades of stylistic development never took place. View all 3 comments.