I FINISHED IT

I got to the end of the Glass Bead Game, finally! And boy... did it disappoint. The final 20% of the book is several poems and three short stories written by the character whose life we just got a long, tired account of. Two of the three stories were actually really good and I thought …

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Abstruse

I'm still working my way through The Glass Bead Game. 'Working' being the operative word. The author really likes the word 'abstruse' which, I had not heard before and took to be a combination of abstract and obtuse. I wasn't far off. Abstruse: difficult to understand; obscure That's pretty much the book in a nutshell, too. …

Monastery life

I think I could be happy being a monk/scholar/priest, whatever you want to call it. A person who leaves behind 'life' in order to devote themselves to the world of the mind/spirit. If I could spend every waking hour studying, reading, learning, teaching, etc, I think I could give up material possessions and all the …

Mind games

I've started reading 'The Glass Bead Game' by Herman Hesse, mainly because the title made me think of go. The story features a fictional game that is very abstract and deals with concepts and ideas as the 'pieces'. The players are intellectual elites who use pieces of knowledge or pieces of culture to play their games. The …