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Probably the best pre-Great War, gnostic, Jungian bildungsroman I've read/listened to this year. A good novel, just not a great one. I loved 'Siddhartha' and enjoyed 'Narcissus and Goldmund', but 'Demian' just didn't do it for me.
Don't get me wrong, I'm glad I read it, but looking back, I could have probably skipped this one and not felt I missed something big or transformational. The narrator did a fine job, and this is one of those novels where it is best to listen to it while drifting off into that smokey state between wakefulness and sleep. Laying there, dreaming, counting birds escaping from eggs; hatching plans with the devil of my day residue.
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I first read most of the Hesse books some 40 years ago when i was in college and the army. I enjoyed them all then and Demian waas my favorite. I've read all my favorites again and this one is still the best for me. This book was written in 1919, 93 years ago, right after WWII which I believe Hesse fought in. The coming of age of Emil Sinclair has some very interseting aspects to it, if you're a thinker and think about life and where you fit in, you'll likely enjoy this tale.
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