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Die drei Geschichten aus dem Leben des Landstreichers Knulp, einem Nachfahren von Eichendorffs Taugenichts, zählen zu den reizvollsten Stücken der frühen Prosa Hermann Hesses. In der Folge seiner Werke gehören sie zum großen Zyklus seiner Gerbersau-Erzählungen, der uns das Leben in einer schwäbischen Kleinstadt um die Jahrhundertwende am Beispiel zahlreicher charakteristis ...more
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Apr 07, 2014 Mariel rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: you know me, don't you?
Recommended to Mariel by: Ben Winch
On the way home she wondered why he hadn't kissed her again, now with a sense of regret, now with the feeling that in not kissing her again he had been really sweet and considerate. And this was the feeling she ended up with.

I felt the homesick servant girl lucky to wake up on this side of the daydreaming bed. I think that's what tugged at my wistful side the most about Knulp. How the people Knulp meets in his new leaves catch themselves in the misgivings and the envy and looking at yourself out
Ben Winch
I hesitate to recommend this so highly, yet I must have read it five times by now and every time it inspires me, moves me, makes me cry. It’s so simple, so understated, could so easily be sentimental, but it’s heartfelt. Hesse is the author I feel I should grow out of but never do - I’ve loved him ever since I read Journey to the East as a teenager. At his best he’s untouchable, perhaps precisely because he eschews all the flashy pyrotechnics and trappings of the modern that make his competitors ...more
In the second tale from the life of Knulp the narrator says "[Knulp] sang beautifully, and even if the words didn't always make sense, the tune was lovely and that was enough."

Knulp's songs are a metaphor for the character himself. Sweet, simple, ephemeral, melancholy. Like the character, his words are picked up on the breeze and disappear into the forests and fields and hamlets of pre-war Germany.

I love this pretty novella; I've read it a number of times now. It addresses the big questions: wha
Mohit Parikh
Back Cover:
First published in 1915, Knulp was Hesse's most popular
book in the years before Demian. This is the first edition in
Knulp is an amiable vagabond who wanders from town to
town, staying with friends who feed and shelter him. Consistently
refusing to tie himself down to any trade, place, or person, he
even deserts the companion who might be considered Hermann
Hesse himself the summer they go tramping together.
Knulp's exile is blissful, gentle, self-absorbed. But hidden
beneath the lig
sometimes i say to myself that the most beautiful thing in the world is a slender young girl with blond hair. but that's nonsense, because often enough we see a brunette who seems to be almost more beautiful. and besides, there are other times when i think the most beautiful thing of all is a bird soaring free in the sky. and another time nothing seems so marvelous as a butterfly, a white one for instance with red dots on its wings, or the sun shining in the clouds at evening, when the whole wor ...more
Krishna Avendaño
Knulp es una de las primeras novelas de Hermann Hesse, que como todas las de esa etapa son poco recordadas por el impacto y relevancia de sus obras posteriores (Demian, Siddhartha y El lobo estepario). No por eso deja de ser un gran libro, una historia que es como su protagonista: un viajero modesto que, al menos por un momento, da un nuevo sentido a las personas con las que se cruza.

Leí esto casi por accidente, en una edición un tanto penosa de alguna editorial de nombre anodino que segurament
Minnacık olmasına karşın devasa dersler veren bir Hesse yapıtı.

"...Bak dostum, ben hayatımda iki kez sevdim, ama gerçekten sevdim. İkisinde de, bu ilişkinin hep öyle sürüp gideceğine, ancak ben ölünce son bulacağına kesinlikle inanmıştım; bir an geldi, ikisi de son buldu, ama ben hayattayım henüz. Bir defasında da bir dostum vardı, ben henüz evden ayrılmamıştım; sağ kaldıkça aramızdaki dostluğun sona ereceğini aklımdan geçirmezdim. Ama dostluğumuz yine de sona erdi, hem de çok zaman önce."

Jerome Peterson
By Hermann Hesse
November 2, 2013

Knulp is divided into three sections; Early Spring; My Recollection of Knulp; and, The End.
Knulp is an amiable vagabond who wanders from town to town, staying with friends who readily feed and shelter this happy creature, this child of the spirit. His world is that of the senses and of play-it was the erotic instinct which first sent him on the road-and he consistently refuses to tie himself down to any trade, place, or person. He even deserts the companion
There are many parallels between Knulp and Under the Wheel. Both are set in an idyllic early industrial society in which people are defined by their trades: carpenter, miller, cooper, stone cutter, tanner. Both tell of precocious young people who showed academic talent early in their lives, but took a less ambitious path. After abandoning school to pursue a desultory life of romance and adventure, Knulp ends up as a vagabond, who ingratiates himself with the established members of the community ...more
Worst book i ever read. It is just so boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring boring ...more
For some reason I can't give this 5 stars, but it's definitely 4.5 instead of just 4.

This is my fourth Hesse book and I'm really loving his silence and simplicity. Reading his books has the same feeling (I imagine) you would get from strolling around rural's just...quiet. peaceful. simple. lots of room to carry out thoughts from their roots, etc.
4.5 out of 5 stars

”The most beautiful things, I think, give us something else beside pleasure; they also leave us with a feeling of sadness or fear. ”

Does it happen to you that when you're reading a book you really like you don't want it to end. That is exactly how Knulp explains his phrase: When you see something beautiful, you don't want it to end, but its dying it's what really gives it its beautifulness...or would you still love that book if it was eternal? In my case, I think I'd not.

If th
Men like Knulp are not useful, but they are less dangerous than most of the ones that are useful. When someone like Knulp, gifted with soul and talent, doesn't find his place in the world, the world is as much as guilty as Knulp himself.
Feb 17, 2008 Nathan rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: German Shoegazers
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Hesse was developing his style here. The wandering German searching for the unsearchable... If not for its simple story and underdeveloped characters this book would be viewed as critical post-modern lit. Almost.
Mustafa Şahin
Aslında Knulp gibi olabilmeliydi insan, istediğinde başını alıp istediği yere gidebilmeliydi. Çok severek ve yer yer de özenerek okudum, tavsiye ederim.
Tim Atkinson
Great. A quick read. The purpose of living purposelessly? Something like that. I'd say this was the least dense and easiest Hesse I've read.
This is the best book I've ever read.
One of my favorite books
L'Allemagne, début de siècle.

Knulp, un vagabond vieillissant juste sorti de l'hôpital, revient au village de son enfance : il est malade, diminué, épuisé par ses années d'errance.

Sans logis, il va de maison en maison, s'installe au gré de sa fantaisie chez l'un ou chez l'autre. Mais l'accueil qu'il reçoit est faussement chaleureux.

Méfiance et rancune sont dans les têtes.

Ses anciens camarades lui reprochent d'avoir gâché les dons qu'il possédait et de s'être abandonné à la vacuité de la vie d
Despite the anecdotal nature of this novella, Hesse's warmth and understanding sidestep the sentimental in this early work--an account of a Hessian freespirit who eschews the quotidian and the habitual in favor of the vagaries of the road. Knulp is no rakehell, of course; in all of his personal inconsistencies--well, his failure to live up to his potential, in any case--he never acts in less than good will towards his fellow man. Knulp's commitment to understanding and appreciating his fellow ma ...more
Skrenuvši sa građanskog puta, četrnaestogodišnji Knulp ulazi u umetničke vode, oslobađa se okova građanštine i društva, te život provodi lutajući. Od života ne očekuje ništa, život mu ništa ne uzvraća, jednostavno. Međutim, u poznim godinama, kad ga zdravlje prestaje služiti, dovodi u pitanje smisao i svrhu svog života. Tri pripovesti o Knulpu obuhvataju baš ovaj poslednji period života. Iako lutalica, Knulp ima mnoštvo poznanika (čak i prijatelja) te je svugde primljen sa iskrenim oduševljenjem ...more
After reading several of Hesse's pieces, it all starts to blend together. One of the most lyrical novelists in history, Hesse manages to weave his typical motifs and themes into this light and enjoyable read.

Knulp is a vagabond who enjoys life and merrily trots out of villages as easily as he enters them. Along his journeys, there arises a tension between the path of pleasure that he takes and the traditional one of responsibility and sacrifice (as in most of Hesse's work). Knulp goes through h
Patrick Gibson
Hesse relates the "homesickness for wanderlust" that appeals to each of us in three episodes from the life of a fastidious tramp named Knulp.
Knulp is welcomed wherever he goes "like a favorite cat", and even at the end of his life, when old and sick, still evokes that possessiveness from those who have lived vicariously through his tramping. Hesse captures the essence of pre-WWI rural Germany with a richness that will not leave you.
Surrounded by dear friends and acquaintances, who live vicario
Nosy Rosy
This book brought 'strange news from another star' to my 14 year old (submerged in "harsh Christian dogma") quest for suitable paradigms. At which time I did not have words to describe my desperate exasperation with the seemingly unquestioning self medicating in stead of meditating society around. It created one of my 'meaning borometers'. The wonderment, honesty, simplicity, beauty and agony of life. So Hesse became more important than cold hearted ministers, loud mouthed politicians, lying law ...more
I had to read this book during one of my german lectures at the university- I study English Studies and German Philology.
Usually I am not quite a big fan of this kind of traditional german books from earlier times. Well, now that I had to read almost every one of Hesse's books, I find this one quite nice if I may say so.
It was somewhat tragic and sad and one tends to feel with the protagonist :-/
The story itself is not adventures or exciting I find. It was not boring - it was "OK" but I would h
I loved Knulp the first time I read it, but I think that was as much because I didn't really get it as because it was good. I understood that it was about someone wandering the German countryside and not working, and these things appealed to me greatly. However, coming back to it with a few years maturation, I feel like that's only a small point of exposition in the novella. Knulp is not about wandering, its potentials nor its consequences. Knulp is about a beautiful character and his attitudes ...more
A beautiful short novel, where Hesse investigates the meaning of life, underlining the lonliness of living. A very emotional story which shakes the reader's soul.
Short and simple story. Quite nostalgic, deals with the feeling of wanderlust and what is a worthy purpose to have in life. Very easy to read.
Aug 08, 2014 Rob added it
Short, sweet, and powerful. Artfully crafted Christian symbols humanized into this man's experiences.
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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.

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“If a beautiful thing were to remain beautiful for all eternity, I'd be glad, but all the same Id look at it with a colder eye. I'd say to myself: You can look at it any time, it doesn't have to be today.” 8 likes
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