The Magic Mountain: A Novel

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Vintage International, 1996 - Fiction - 706 pages
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Hans Castorp - on the verge of an intense flirtation with Clavdia Chauchat, a married woman and feverish fellow patient - is perched high above the world, dozing in his splendid lounge chair at the International Sanatorium Berghof, swaddled in blankets against the Alpine chill. To his surprise and secret delight, he will remain on this "magic mountain" for seven years - removed from the "real" world, but irresistibly drawn into the sanatorium's own complex, vertiginous society, which in Mann's hands becomes a microcosm for Western civilization and its interior life on the eve of the First World War. Flooded with feeling, with powerful evocations of disease, with the glories of the natural world and inklings of the supernatural, The Magic Mountain is equally remarkable for Mann's treatment of time - the "flatland time" of healthy, active people and the "inelastic present" of the "people up here, " for whom illness is a lifelong career. Mann is a master at drawing dazzling characters with the finest irony: Settembrini, the impassioned Italian liberal, and Naphta, the caustic Jewish Jesuit, whose opposing worldviews trap them in a grotesque duel; Mynheer Peeperkorn, the enormously wealthy Dutch planter whose garrulous "personality" all but overwhelms his fellow patients; the blustery Director Behrens and subtle Dr. Krokowski, whose combined energies rule the day and the night of the Berghof; Clavdia Chauchat, the elusive Russian beauty whose slinking charms can awaken forgotten love; and, of course, Hans Castorp himself - the ordinary made extraordinary - whose interior journey leads him out into a blinding snowstorm and a stunning, fleeting moment of revelation; Hans, who is last seen on a battlefield of the Great War - the very conflict toward which every word of the novel has been magnetized.
  

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Ah yes, irony! Beware of the irony that flourishes here, my good engineer. In my freshman year of college, I took a literature course to fulfill a core curriculum requirement: Sexuality in Literature ... Read full review

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This book had been sitting, unread, on my bookshelf for some time. It has the reputation like Ulysses. It doesn't help that I know people who gave up half way into both. But I read Joyce, and with ... Read full review

Contents

Room 34
10
The Baptismal BowlGrandfather in His Two Forms
18
At the TienappelsHans Castorps Moral State
28
3
36
TeasingViaticumInterrupted Merriment
45
Satana
54
Clarity of Mind
63
But of Coursea Female
72
Humaniora
247
Research
263
Dame Macabre
281
Walpurgis Night
316
Changes
339
Someone Else
362
The City of God and Evil Deliverance
380
An Outburst of TemperSomething Very Embarrassing
405

Herr Albin
76
A Necessary Purchase
91
Excursus on the Sense of Time
100
Politically Suspect
108
Analysis
122
Doubts and Considerations
128
Growing AnxietyTwo Grandfathers and a Twilight Boat Ride
138
The Thermometer 1
158
5
180
My God I See It
201
Freedom
216
Mercurys Moods
222
Encyclopedia
233
An Attack Repulsed
417
Operationes Spirituales
432
Snow
460
A Good Soldier
489
A Stroll by the Shore
531
Virtgt et un
546
Mynheer Peeperkorn Continued
564
Mynheer Peeperkorn Conclusion
604
Fullness of Harmony
626
Highly Questionable
644
The Great Petulance
672
The Thunderbolt
696
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