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3.7 of 5 stars 3.70  ·  rating details  ·  5,651 ratings  ·  264 reviews
Journey to the East is from the perspective of H.H. who becomes a member of The League, a timeless religious sect whose members include famous fictional & real characters, such as Plato, Mozart, Pythagoras, Paul Klee, Don Quixote, Tristram Shandy, Baudelaire & the ferryman Vasudeva, a Siddhartha character. A branch of the group goes on pilgrimage to the East in sea ...more
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Published May 1st 1993 by Livre de Poche (first published 1932)
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Paul
I have enjoyed the novels I have read by Hesse, but this wasn't really one that resonated with me. The narrator H.H joins a quasi-religious organisation called The League which has ancient roots and members from reality and fiction: Plato, Don Quixote, Mozart, Tristram Shandy, Baudelaire, Puss in Boots (I kid you not). There is a pilgrimage to the East, which falls apart when a servant called Leo seems to disappear. Of Course, Leo is much more than a servant as the rest of the novella reveals, w ...more
Ben Winch
This is an anomaly in Hesse's ouvre – a personal piece in which he risks alienating his wider audience, and yet in another sense his most universal work. It's true, I say this having had few successes in recommending it, yet so far no-one I've given it to has disliked it, even if it has left them frustrated or puzzled or underwhelmed. The crux of it is, it's the story of a failure. An inevitable failure, I would say, but as Hesse himself says early in the piece, 'the seemingly impossible must co ...more
Ian Heidin[+]Fisch
"Poet of the Interior Journey"

There was a time in my 20’s when I was obsessed with Hermann Hesse. I was a Hesse Obsessor. After all, he was regarded highly enough as an author to win the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946.

Something now lures me back to the novels I read then, "Siddhartha" and "Steppenwolf". However, I thought I would try this one as a "wedgie" or stopgap between more ambitious projects.

In truth, this is more a novella than a novel.

Even burdened by a 30 page introduction by Dr Ti
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Lynne King
How does one begin a review of Hermann Hesse’s work? My first experience of his books was with “The Glass Bead Game”, the content of which fascinated me at the time and I found it easy to read. However, this book has really got me thinking and much as I like it, I wonder if the author is playing with the reader?

This is a spiritual journey of a German choirmaster called H.H. (could this be the author himself?) who unsuccessfully attempts to write about the “great journey” he made when he joined t
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Keely
Why is Hesse's concept of enlightenment indistinguishable from mental illness? First, in The Glass Bead Game, we get the depiction of a 'secular saint', and the signs of his enlightenment are that he has stopped all his creative work, often sits lost in thought, making no sign he understands anyone speaking to him, and when he does respond, it is with a brief non-sequitur. He otherwise wanders the gardens day and night with a bland smile frozen to his face. Perhaps it's only me who looks at thos ...more
Erik Graff
May 14, 2011 Erik Graff rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: literature
Although the most difficult to comprehend of Hesse's novels, The Journey to the East was, upon reading, one of my favorites as it left me with some vague, yet powerful, apprehension of a vital truth--something like those essential words we find "at the tip of the tongue" but are unable to speak, those aspects of memory we know to be there but cannot recollect, those revelations conveyed in dreams, in deliria or under the influence of psychotropics.

Now, having substantially wasted my life and bei
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Sujeet
I have read many books by many great minds. Sartre, Camus, Dostoevsky, Nobakov, Ayn Rand et al. I find an inner struggle to find out the various aspects of truth in their writing. Their works disturb us. They inspire us. They confuse us about ourselves. They make us question. And they propel us towards a self-exploring journey.
But, reading Hesse is different. When I read him, I don't feel as if I am reading a literary expert or philosopher. I feel as I am with a saint. The man who has experience
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Abu Hasan
(ذلك لأن هدفنا لم يكن الشرق وحده، أو أن الشرق لم يكن مجرد بلاد أو شيء جغرافي، بل كان وطن الروح وشبابها. كان الشرق في كل مكان ولم يكن في أي مكان)
من أكثر كتب هيسه، التي قرأتها، رمزية وغموضا
تحس بعد قراءته أنه ليس رواية مستقلة... بل هو أقرب ما يكون إلى فصل من رواية... أو جزء من سيرة ذاتية
النجوم الثلاث ليست للكتاب وإنما للدراسة الملحقة بالكتاب عن هيسه "شاعر الرحلة الداخلية" لـ"تيموني ليري" والتي أوضح فيها، على وجازتها، الكثير من سيرة هيسه الذاتية والفكرية وعرض لأبرز أفكاره في أهم كتبه، باٌلإضافة إلى
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Patrick Gibson
If ever the maxim ‘not the destination but the journey’ were true, this would be the perfect example. Not even considering the fact the ‘travelers’ on this journey never make it to the East, which is in fact a metaphor or our own individual passage from solitude to the enlightenment of the communal whole. The community for this particular journey is called The League. And as they transverse through time and space encountering Don Quixote and Noah’s Ark, members of the League such as Mozart and H ...more
Atul Sabnis
Life-changing book, is something I would never write for any book. Books by themselves do not do that - it's the reader who understands something in a book and chooses to make it an experience.

The Journey To The East is simply written book, the language almost plain of a journey, as you may have guessed across lands, , as you may first think it to be. Eventually, you get to know that this journey, fantastical at times, is nothing about the "travel". The journey is evenly punctuated by descriptio
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Ali Nazifpour
I can't understand the appeal of Herman Hesse. I might be wrong, since he has won Nobel Prize and one person whose opinion I respect a lot has given this book five stars. However, no matter how hard I try not only I find Hesse a bad writer, I cringe at the idea of calling him a writer at all. To me he's no different from Paulo Coehlo. This book has all the things I hate in a "novel": disgusting, shallow, racist, and colonialist "eastern" "mysticism", no real plot, no real events, no real charact ...more
Erika Jones
Finishing this book is like sleeping and dreaming and waking up and feeling like you're still dreaming. But in a sad way. I.e. I loved it so much.
Bill
I have always loved this book - I read it originally over 40 years ago and have just now read it again. It is full of meaning for those whose life is a 'journey'. It should be re-read periodically - like traveling the medicine wheel, you will understand it more and differently than when last read. Don't miss it!
Paul Dinger
I have read this book several times and well it always seemed incomprehensible to me. I have to admit that my experiences reading Hesse have been mixed. When I first read Demian in college, I hated it passionatly. Somehow, at the recommendation of a friend, I re read it not two years later and it was a much different book that now I truly love. I have since read of of his books except Magistar Ludi, and of them the only ones I have had problems with are Steppenwolf and this one. Really, I think ...more
Britt
Hermann Hesse, de koning van de Bildungsroman. Ook in dit boek ontmoeten we een jongeman die zichzelf wil en zal ontplooien; hier via een (denkbeeldige of eerder innerlijke) reis naar het morgenland. Onderweg wordt hij beproefd, zal hij wanhopig worden en uiteindelijk tot inzicht komen.

"Er gebeurde daar iets, het was als een heel langzaam, zacht maar ononderbroken stromen of smelten, en wel smolt of stroomde de inhoud van mijn evenbeeld over in het beeld van Leo, en ik zag dat mijn beeld op het
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Kislay Verma
From Solomon Says:

Journey to the East is a highly allegorical story of man’s quest for meaning. The ‘East’ in this journey is not geographical. Hesse’s love of eastern spiritualism translates this as a journey towards happiness and youth of soul. And with this interpretation, his characters (real and fictional – here Mozart, Pythagoras, Paul Klee, Baudelaire, Tristram Shandy, Don Quixote, and Puss in Boots all exist together), pursue various mystic goals like Tao and Kundalini (a concept similar
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Ömer Akın
Her yeni kuşak bir önceki kuşağın en önemsediği şeyleri yasaklarla, susup geçiştirmelerle, alaylarla yok etmiyor mu? Yıllarca süren büyük, dehşet verici bir savaşın bütün halklar tarafından yıllar yılı unutulduğunu, inkar edildiğini, bastırıldığını ve sanki sihirle yok edildiğini ve şimdi azıcık dinlenip kendine gelen bu halkların, birkaç yıl önceki budalalıklarını ve acılarını sürükleyici savaş romanlarıyla anımsamaya çalıştıklarını görmüyor muyuz? Syf. 14
Mashael Alamri
الندم وحده لا يكفي. الرحمة لا تشترى بالندم. إنها لا تشترى أبدًا. *
* هيسة



تبدأ بـ قصة هـ هـ الذي اشترك في رحلة رابطة إلى الشرق يسيرون يبحثون عن الحقيقة ويعيشون بجو تسوده الألفة والأخوة ويقعون في اختبارات من القادة العليا في الرابطة لمعرفة مدى تصديقهم وأيمانهم الداخلي بما يقومون به , هـ هـ النادم وهو يروي القصة يحاول أن يضع إصبعه على الخطأ الذي ارتكبه ليضيع الطريق والقافلة والأفكار يشعر بالندم وهو يمسك دفتره ويحاول أن يكتب رحلة الشرق متحاشياً أن يكشف سر من أسرار الرابطة التي أقسم يوم انضم إليها أن
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Gertrude & Victoria
This book, The Journey to the East is Hermann Hesse at his most mysterious. This brief, but bewildering work, is like an abstruse, fantastic dream. It concerns a secret group, of which one, H.H. belongs to, on a journey for the ultimate truth. Here, we find that time and space are immaterial. The group consists of historical figures as well as fictional ones. They start their odyssey with a common purpose, but later find themselves sceptical of the whole idea and come to distrust each other.

The
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T.P. Williams
Haven't read anything by Hesse since, well, since I wore my hair long and Nixon was president, but found this on the book pile and spent an afternoon reading it. It reminded me what odd, weird, actually, stuff Hesse wrote. Part Christian mysticism, part psychoanalysis this book is an strange mix of fiction, non-fiction, fantasy, allegory and reporting. The guide/servant/master character was interesting. More like a magazine article. But difficult to pigeonhole. I think if you read enough of this ...more
Pierre Corneille
Aug 02, 2008 Pierre Corneille rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who'd like an introduction to Hesse and who didn't like Siddhartha
Recommended to Pierre by: Jennifer Wallis
Along with "Dubliners" and "Sun Also Rises," I have re-read this book so many times, it's become almost a force of habit. And like those other books, I find myself re-reading it. It is quite short and can be read in one or two sittings. Most people I know who don't like Hesse have read only his "Siddhartha" or his other works. I don't want to give away too much, so I won't recount the story. But I do give it my endorsement.

I'm not sure of the translations available, but the most common is by Hil
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Krishna Avendaño
Es como si Hesse hubiera escrito esta novela en automático.
حسين العُمري
رواية رمزية قصيرة ،، ليست رحلة بالضبط بل نوع من الغوص في السيرة الثاتية لهرمان هسة نفسه في ولعه بالشرق ومحاولة لتجريد تجربته في شكل أحداث وشخوص من نوع معين ،، الدراسة الملحقة بالرواية أوضحت الكثير عن المؤلف وحياته وأعماله
Marc Alan
Though extremely short the message in this novella is one of Hesse's boldest. Our hero sets out on a journey through space and time in search of "the east" along with a number of famous and not so famous characters from history (including a few of Hesse's own previous works!). After he looses his way he blames the organization for having fallen apart. Somehow Hesse avoids allegory and still gives us a classic on how screwed conciousness is.
Faateme
آخر داستان همه توو يه صورت محو میشن، تو دمیان و گرگ بیابان هم دقیقا همین ادغام تصاویر ،یکی شدن شخصيت ها بود از این لحاظ اين داستان برام زیاد تازگی نداشت و نمی شه این اثرشو اصلا با بقیه کتابايي که ازش خوندم مقایسه کرد چون به غیر از این که اونا پخته تر نوشته شده بودن و نويسنده رو موضوعاش مانور بیشتری داده بود و وسعتشون بیشتر بود، سفر شرق بر خلاف بقیه اونطور ذهنمو همراهه خودش به تکاپو وانداشت نمیدونم شاید من زیادی دارم وسواس ميشم...ه
Dave
This is about faith and the struggle to maintain it. Tests, failures, self accusations, and casting blame elsewhere. This can be adherence to a spiritual or artistic ethos.

The journey is east is not about going some place - the east is described as home and youth, everywhere and nowhere and the union of all times. Its about finding your true self and fitting that into the larger spiritual union of all.

The law of service laid down by Leo is maybe the highlight - he wishes to live long must serv
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Hadrian
Hesse is usually one of my favored writers, but this one left me cold and unimpressed. I went through it quickly, having felt that the other books told his ideas better. It's not a bad book, though.
Jamie Marshall
I can't in good faith give the novella a rating because I failed to understand it. It's very... unique. Many of the things typically found in literature, such as real plot, symbolism, or characters, are absent. From what can surmise it's about failure; the making of an impossible journey, and the telling of an untellable story. The main character fails in his journey, and the narrator fails in his telling of the story. That second point makes it difficult to comprehend. It's an interesting book ...more
Stephen
The travelers of "The League" who take "The Journey to the East" are able to move not only geographically but temporally, as well. Reading Hesse in the second decade of the 21st Century feels a bit like that, having last read his stuff over forty years ago in a far different place. Then Siddhartha and Steppenwolf were popular with the counterculture in the United States, probably because the theme of the individual search for enlightenment. Timothy Leary read and promoted Hesse's writing. The Jo ...more
Dan
Hesse is a German author who won the Nobel Prize for literature, and whose novels enjoyed a renewed popularity with the hippies in the sixties (as mentioned by Tom Wolfe in The Electric Kool-aid Acid Test, which was where I first read about this novel). Hesse’s narrator writes of his membership in a mystical brotherhood. Because he does not remember everything clearly, and because he is bound by a code of secrecy about some things, he is elliptical with regard to some details about the brotherho ...more
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Hermann Hesse was a German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. His best known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game (also known as Magister Ludi) which explore an individual's search for spirituality outside society.

In his time, Hesse was a popular and influential author in the German-speaking world; worldwide fame only ca
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