Narcissus and Goldmund: A Novel
Hermann Hesse's 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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A beautiful story of a boy discovering himself. With the encouragement of a befriended teacher, Goldmund leaves a safe cloister life in order to wander the world and discover his true nature. Through life's trails and adventures, he learns much of love and death, and shares a deeply moving view of the world with readers.
Mentally I refer to this book probably once a month for the last 20 years.
Two fine portraits of men swung to the apex of life.