Demian by Hermann Hesse Best book you've ever read: Demian by Hermann Hesse
By Emil Sinclair on Sunday, February 22, 1998 - 06:38 pm:
    It was a good book . . . it made me think.

By Christopher on Sunday, February 22, 1998 - 08:21 pm:
    Such as....? I read this 3 times, first time I was indifferent, Second time I was laid up in bed (I would've read the ingredients on a shampoo bottle), third time I was ready and finally *Got it*. I'd really like to know what you thought of it.

By Emil Sinclair on Monday, April 6, 1998 - 10:18 am:
    I thought it made me look at things in a different way. Also the beginning part about the troubled youngster I liked.

By Venatrix Mirjen on Monday, April 6, 1998 - 09:08 pm:
    I think...I think I would put this in 'best book I've ever read', or at least, the list of books which get that title depending on my mood.
    It does make you think. It's deep and dark and morose, and really like some people's lives. Or it's someone else's fascinating life, that even though it's miserable, it's beautiful in a kind of transcending way that I usually detest. The darkness makes me love it. It was one of my most vehement discussions with a teacher of mine years ago, who taught it in my english class back in 10th grade and was an ex-divinity professor.

By Tracy Hector on Wednesday, April 29, 1998 - 10:32 am:

By NI on Thursday, April 30, 1998 - 10:52 am:
    it was a good book-- it made me think? what kind if criticism is that?

By NI on Thursday, April 30, 1998 - 10:52 am:
    it was a good book-- it made me think? what kind if criticism is that?

By Pete on Thursday, April 30, 1998 - 06:34 pm:
    It's a part of the new '60 Second Reviews'. Not much time to get in depth reporting.

    Sort of like S&E's "Two Thumbs Up". That kind of says it all, don't you think?

By Albert Camus on Monday, May 11, 1998 - 03:36 pm:
    Well...what can you say...Hesse's style...he is SO in tune with every viewpoint's so evident in all his works...Demian is sooo romantic...even though it's kind of awkward...the love, the passion is still visible..I love it. But...I must say that Siddartha was better :)
    (i am Not an existentialist!!! honest!!! heheheheh)

By Annie Morin on Wednesday, May 13, 1998 - 02:54 am:
    I have appreciate this book and I can say it let me think!!!!

By Dayle on Wednesday, June 10, 1998 - 06:47 pm:
    I have an essay due on all of the meanings of everything in it, so if you think you can help please send me your idea's and view's soon!

    Thank you!

By Emil Sinclair on Sunday, June 21, 1998 - 09:13 pm:
    I'm sorry if my statement wasn't long enough for you, NI. I'll do better next time.

By Pau on Monday, June 22, 1998 - 05:58 pm:
    The only thing I know is that its making me spend a whole afternoon working on it.

By Jnubia on Thursday, June 25, 1998 - 11:10 pm:
    I really need help, I cannot find a copy of Demian in my library. Could you please help me define the roles of the characters - Demian, Kromer Pistorius Frau Eva, Beatrice, and Emil Sinclair. Any info. would be helpful before Monday. Thank you!

By Nicole Moncayo on Sunday, June 28, 1998 - 08:00 pm:
    i can say that i found myself in that book. Yes, iīm an Emil Sinclair, but i donīt have a guide. I know iīm different from the rest of the people, i know i donīt fit with the rest, but itīs not because iīm an outcast, itīs just their ideas on life are so mediocre.

    I know that i have the mark of Cain, i do. but itīs not a bad thing, itīs a priviledge

    This book opened up my mind, like Demian did to Sinclair, thatīs why i consider it to be not just a book, but a guide for people who have the mark and want to get out of the shell

    itīs the best book of all, and itīs true

    any comments, if youīre like me, if you know you have that special mark write to me

By Cobalt on Saturday, August 1, 1998 - 10:22 pm:
    I read Siddartha (sp?) this last week - I still like Demian better, but I can really understand the change between all different thoughts to find oneself...because I did the same...most of us probably have...

    I think I liked Demian better because it seemed less ...altruistic? More in tune with mankind's wants and needs?

    These 'I need help because I'm too lazy to do my schoolwork' things are quite annoying, however.

By Starchy on Monday, August 3, 1998 - 09:35 am:
    Hmm... haven't gotten to Demian yet. So far I've done Steppenwolf, Siddartha, and Narcissus & Goldmund... and yes, like half the damn world, I liked Steppenwolf most.

    I still need to get my hands on Magister Ludi, though... oh, yes, this will be done..

By Cobalt on Wednesday, August 12, 1998 - 11:37 pm:
    Magister Ludi was wonderful, but make sure you've got nothing else planned for a long while. It's very long. And you can't drop it for a week, because it's terribly complex. The idea of the Game, though...ah...

By Starchy on Thursday, August 13, 1998 - 09:53 am:
    I finished Ulysses yesterday morning. I'm not too terribly put off by length and complexity.

    Though light reading is definately in order for the time being..

By Bryan on Friday, August 28, 1998 - 07:00 pm:

    Personally, I though Magister Ludi (ie. The Glass Bead Game) was virtually unreadable. And this is coming from a fairly devoted Herman Hesse appreciator. Demian WAS a higly righteous tome to be reckoned with as was, I think, Steppenwolf and several other of his works. But Magister Luidi was simply far too oblique. I almost got the feeling that it was some type of inside joke in which he would gladly admit (if someone actually asked him) that it was a self-righteous and highly pretentious piece of crap intended to dupe so called "intellectuals" into heavy bouts of moody pondering over the 'meanings' inherent in the heavier-than-lead words contained within. Anyone out there know about or read Richard Meltzer's "Aesthetics of Rock" book? Same kind of thing; ( admitted intellectual hoax...though followed up by the awesome and thoroughly humble book "Gulcher". Reprinted not too long ago and worth reading. The guy was a contemporary of Lester Bangs and although very different and definitely not as scathing, just as interesting and funny as hell...)

    DISCLAIMER: I didn't actually think The Glass Bead Game was THAT bad, and if someone really thinks they "got it" then that's great. It just seemed a little caught up in itself. Maybe I'll give it another chance some day when my attention span is at herculean capacity. I admittedly only made it through the first 80 or 90 pages, so who am I to judge.

By Lucy Phurre on Friday, December 11, 1998 - 09:05 pm:

    I re-read Demian every few years.
    Every time I read it, I'm in a different phase of the book, or I have a different perspective or something.
    It's hard to put into words.
    Anyway, I highly reccommend the practice.

By Tommy on Thursday, April 8, 1999 - 04:35 pm:

    I am demian

By Nate on Thursday, April 8, 1999 - 04:57 pm:

    No, I am.

By Swine on Thursday, April 8, 1999 - 05:24 pm:

    i'm gonna dress up like a clown and beat you both over the head with a stick.

By Nate on Thursday, April 8, 1999 - 05:29 pm:


By B.O. OSmellingman on Tuesday, October 12, 1999 - 09:48 am:

    My favorites are Journey To the East, Demian and Siddartha, in that order. The Glass Bead Game I found pretty boring. He's one of my favorite writers of all time.

By Gee on Wednesday, October 13, 1999 - 12:42 am:

    Ohhh. For a minute I thought that was Semillama with B.O.

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