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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (15,731 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Hermann Hesse Narrator: Simon Vance Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Narcissus and Goldmund is the story of a passionate yet uneasy friendship between two men of opposite character. Narcissus, an ascetic instructor at a cloister school, has devoted himself solely to scholarly and spiritual pursuits. One of his students is the sensual, restless Goldmund, who is immediately drawn to his teacher’s fierce intellect and sense of discipline. When Narcissus persuades the young student that he is not meant for a life of self-denial, Goldmund sets off in pursuit of aesthetic and physical pleasures, a path that leads him to a final, unexpected reunion with Narcissus.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “One of the most profound and magical novels published in our age.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “A poetic novel unique in its fascination.”

    Thomas Mann, author and Nobel Laureate

  • Narcissus and Goldmund is [Hesse’s] very best...What makes this short book so limitlessly vast is the body-and-soul-shaking debate that runs through it, which it has the honesty and courage not to resolve: between the flesh and spirit, art and scientific or religious speculation, action and contemplation, between the wayfaring and the sedentary in us.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Hesse’s style is lively and engaging, rich in human sympathy, imagination, and ironic humor.”

    The Reader’s Encyclopedia

  • Narcissus and Goldmund is a surrealistic work set in the Middle Ages.”

    The Oxford Companion to English Literature

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Awet Moges | 2/14/2014

    " Great novel about two young men who have nothing in common (one is an intellectual who deals in the abstract and the other is a sensuous & sensitive charmer who deals in pleasure) except a strong friendship after living in a monastery. Story follows the sensuous character, naturally, the more interesting and fun one as he encounters trials and tribulations as a wander. However, it seems less about the duality of man, which I was looking forwards to, and more of a coming of age story. Well done nonetheless, but I would rank it behind Hesse's other books (Siddhartha & Steppenwolf) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Akash | 1/30/2014

    " This is one of my all time favorite novels. The major theme presented by Hesse is the duality of man and the constant struggle for self realization that man undergoes. The plot is engaging and moves swiftly through the lives of its two protagonists, the names of whom I am forgetting. An artist roaming wildly through the world, loves passionately, makes mistakes and abscond's only to find his faithful friends from youth, who had chosen a quiet cloister life which was not free from its own hazards. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Josh | 1/29/2014

    " Fantastic and important for me to read. I hope to return to this book again and again in the future and gain new insights on each visit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Katherine | 1/28/2014

    " i'm not afraid to admit that i hated the first two-thirds of this book. the ending had me tearing up on the beach. and yes, i was reading hesse on the beach. "

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