Narcissus and Goldmund

  • by Hermann Hesse
  • Narrated by Simon Vance
  • 10 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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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Compelling listening, beautiful in parts

Impressive novel written in the '30s. Compelling listening with nuanced reference to sexual denial and abuse, trust, and power in relationships. Disturbing in many dimensions, not always satisfying, but nevertheless compulsive listening especially as the naive Goldmund leaves the Cloister only to engage in compulsive sexual and other exploits, at times exploitative... These are counterposed with the introspective ascetic life of his friend Narcissus and the inward looking world he inhabits.
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- Anthony "Prof of Global Health & Development - wide interests, fiction & non-, politics, justice & rights, culture & food, travel, art & creativity"

Life Changing Moments

I first read this book 40 years ago, and it had a monumental effect on me. Listening to it again has been wonderful. I don't normally go in for recommending books to other people, but I would cheerfully encourage you to read this one.
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- Ken

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-04-2009
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.