The Glass Bead Game (Magister Ludi)

The Glass Bead Game (Magister Ludi)

Book - 1969
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Set in the 23rd century, "The glass 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, Knecht has been consumed with mastering the Glass Bead Game, which requires a synthesis of aesthetics and scientific arts, such as mathematics, music, logic, and philosophy, which he achieves in adulthood, becoming a Magister Ludi (Master of the Game)
Publisher: New York, Holt, Rinehart and Winston [1969]
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780030818516
Characteristics: xix, 558 p. 22 cm


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Apr 30, 2018

Having read Steppenwolf, a book that raised questions and became the name of a poplar rock group, I wasn't aware Hesse had received a Nobel prize for literature. Now that I've read this story, I can understand why. A philosopher at heart, Hesse takes us back hundreds of years and draws an analogy to the game and the world at large. Every chapter gives us food for thought, and with the current administration dividing the country, The Glass Bead Game, would serve well to shift status quo. The journey of Joseph Knect is an unlikely one where we see him transform while attempting to change 'the system'. What lies ahead for him on his journey is unlike anything I've read previously. Hesse is a master word smith which coupled with his philosophical metaphors makes for an amazing read. At the end of the book he adds a bonus: poems and another story authored by the central character. Remarkable in all respects.


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