Tales of Student Life (English and German Edition)

Tales of Student Life (English and German Edition)

Posted by jack_miller | Published 5 months ago

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By: Hermann Hesse

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Fictional accounts of German student life in three different historical periods center on the relationships among young men and attempts to reconcile the spiritual and the secular
Solid addition to Hesse works. First two stories ("Friends", "Berthold") are gripping and describe the tensions, passions, and tragedies amongst fellow students. The two versions of "The Fourth Life" are interesting, but are sketches from the themes and plot of The Glass Bead Game.

- aidan_lee

This is a little known book. There was no information about it on Amazon when I bought it, so I thought I would provide some. I actually bought the book thinking it was an English translation of Hesse's 'Hermann Lauscher', but it isn't, and, sadly, I don't think that any such translation exists.

This book contains three titles, two of which are incomplete. It starts with the novel fragment, 'Berthold', written in 1907. Berthold appears to be the prototype for his 'Goldmund', some twenty years later. Next comes the completed short story/novella, 'Friends', also written in 1907. The book concludes with two separate versions of the so-called 'Fourth Life'. Anyone who has read 'The Glass Bead Game' will be familiar with the three stories at the end, known as the 'Three Lives'. This additional story was originally intended to be the 'Fourth Life', but it was not completed, and may have been dropped because Hesse considered it too long for that purpose.

Despite the obvious drawbacks associated with uncompleted works, I found this book worth reading. The fragment parts were fairly self-contained, and many of Hesse's customary themes and skills are demonstrated here. There is also an Introduction by Theodore Ziolkowski, and they are always worth reading, but it should be noted that this Introduction does some contain some references to plot details for several of Hesse's later novels.

- pedro_alvarez

This is a little known book. There was no information about it on Amazon when I bought it, so I thought I would provide some. I actually bought the book thinking it was an English translation of Hesse's 'Hermann Lauscher', but it isn't, and, sadly, I don't think that any such translation exists.

This book contains three titles, two of which are incomplete. It starts with the novel fragment, 'Berthold', written in 1907. Berthold appears to be the prototype for his 'Goldmund', some twenty years later. Next comes the completed short story/novella, 'Friends', also written in 1907. The book concludes with two separate versions of the so-called 'Fourth Life'. Anyone who has read 'The Glass Bead Game' will be familiar with the three stories at the end, known as the 'Three Lives'. This additional story was originally intended to be the 'Fourth Life', but it was not completed, and may have been dropped because Hesse considered it too long for that purpose.

Despite the obvious drawbacks associated with uncompleted works, I found this book worth reading. The fragment parts were fairly self-contained, and many of Hesse's customary themes and skills are demonstrated here.There is also an Introduction by Theodore Ziolkowski, and they are always worth reading, but it should be noted that this Introduction does some contain some references to plot details for several of Hesse's later novels.

- lawson_allen

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