El juego de los abalorios o El juego de abalorios (título completo: El juego de los abalorios. Ensayo de biografía de Josef Knecht, ‘magister ludi’, seguido de los. El Juego de Abalorios has ratings and reviews. Robin said: A tremendous disappointment, especially given the shimmering praise the book garn. Próxima al compendio de las concepciones de Hermann Hesse () sobre la condición humana y la creación literaria, ” El juego de.

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His obtaining of the position, and how he acts and what he comes to believe -which anyone with half a brain would have top him in about 5 seconds once he obtains the position. He makes frequent mention of music—indeed the deification of music, common among writers, is so relentless here as to become juegl minor problem in its own right—but no sign of how it relates to any other field.

Set in the future the 25th CenturyHesse’s book describes a world that has miraculously managed to stop fighting, watching cruddy TV, and listening to gossip as vicariously as it does now I’m told I’m not allowed to call this book “pretentious hogwash”, so I won’t. En el un grupo de jovenes se consagran a la musica, a la astronomia, a las matematicas, con absoluto desden por todo placer carnal. And the book is set within the cloistered academy where these super-scholars are trained.

While ‘Siddharta’ for example is virtuoso and brilliant, this book was just dry and boring. Throughout Germany, many schools are named after him.

The Nobel judges should be embarrassed. And there are no twists, no strong and powerful ideas that you could not find in most of classics and hesss only in classics. Or you could pretend to see the emperor’s new clothes to After all the praise I stuck through a boring start, through a dull middle and all the way to the lacklustre end of this book.

El Juego de Abalorios

Rarely does something transpire that it’s not mentioned three or four times in consecutive paragraphs. Here is the complex discourse wherein some kind of game, some competition or contest, can flourish, a game of all human learning, ranging like lightning from one discipline to another, referencing everything.


And in a fit of rebellious rage against people who think that spoilers in the introduction is a good idea, I didn’t go back to ep it after I was done with the abalorioos. Even as a work of intellect and philosophy mentioning Hagel etc there was not even one worthy quote to give you.

The funniest thing about it was that I r With any author you love, there tends to be a point when you start to hate them.

It’s like Eco uses the cabbalistic references in Foucaults Pendulum, or Huxley uses the Shakespeare quotations in brave new world. I never really got how it worked or what the point was supposed to be. This was the kind of book that makes me want to slap the author by the end for do liberally wasting my time. Where passion dominates, that does not signify the presence of greater desire and ambition, but rather the misdirection of these qualities toward and isolated and false goal, with a consequent tension and sultriness in the atmosphere.

Entonces se volveran mas reales las profeticas palabras de los poemas de Knecht: I endured and hoped that when the real book got going I would find myself on dry land, ready to jog.

The most disturbing thing about this book is the desire for the main character to teach younger and younger boys, and in the end he is asked to teach a son of his friend and for that purpose that friend even prepares a house in the mountains for the main character and his son.

To ask other readers questions about El Juego de Abaloriosplease sign up. View all 4 comments. I simply hated The Glass Bead Game, all fifteen million pages of it.

View all 3 comments. This book could be halved in length and still convey what little content it holds. In his time, Hesse was a popular and influential author in the German-speaking world; worldwide fame only c Hermann Hesse was a German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. The summary of the book sounded amazing, but with every chapter I thought it would get better but instead it did not.

One last thing about the characters, am I the abaloios one, who noticed that there were at least no female oles in this book?

I get it, really! One of the worst books I have ever read. Excluding this, I only read Sidharta from Hesse, so I can’t really judge him by five stories including the three little ones at the end but i suppose he was desperately looking for some kind of ethernal peace, because in every story of him, there is at least one character, who already reached that kind of peace in his life, with juuego going out of real life, and living his own life inside his brain, like Siddharta, the Jogi at the last story, the old priest ee the second one or the old music master.


I’ve said this before, but here I go again; just because this was published many decades ago, and just because it is assigned reading in some college class somewhere does NOT mean everyone has already read it. L’ultima ci sono andata vicina. Pitagoras, los chinos, los humanistas del Renacimiento, los romanticos, imaginaron una y otra vez ese juego.

I usually like weighty wordy novels where nothing in particular happens. The novel takes place in some distant future that is in every way early nineteenth century bucolic Germany. So why did I have such a problem with the book? In the meanwhile I read other reviews on this book, and I think I ought to give this book a retry.

Is it like mancala or something?

I was intrigued by the concept of the Game. He need only sketch some part of it, fill in a detail here and a detail there that his characters can make part of their workaday conversations. uuego

El juego de los abalorios / The Glass Bead Game : Hermann Hesse :

After which it becomes a sort of biography of this imaginary guy. It’s part non-religious ideas of perfection, and it’s protected by sort of “Glass Bead Game” playing priesthood who aren’t really priests because they’re atheists, but who have all the convictions of the American “Moral Majority” and the doctrines of the Catholic Church.

Into this story steps Joseph Knecht, a man who becomes a “Magister Ludi” a sort of archbishop for the game players.