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Peter Camenzind

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Peter Camenzind, a young man from a Swiss mountain village, leaves his home and eagerly takes to the road in search of new experience. Traveling through Italy and France, Camenzind is increasingly disillusioned by the suffering he discovers around him; after failed romances and a tragic friendship, his idealism fades into crushing hopelessness. He finds peace again only wh...more
Paperback, 208 pages
Published December 1st 2003 by Picador (first published 1904)
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W.M. Driscoll
Though one could start exploring the masterful works of the German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter Hermann Hesse with his later more mature novels, from the spiritual crisis and discovery of Der Steppenwolf (Steppenwolf), to the simple lyrical mysticism of Siddhartha or even (my personal favorite) the odd, futuristic and intellectual Das Glasperlenspiel (which I read under the title Magister Ludi *and* The Glass Bead Game but is often called just one or the other), I would point a reader inter...more
أحمد أبازيد Ahmad Abazed
هواجس الطفولة الأعمق و الأنقى , قلق الأنثى , سحر الطبيعة التي تتكلّم بلغة الله و تصبغ بنشيدها الإنسان , الخير الكامن في ثنايا العالم , و الإنسان القادر على التغيّر و التجاوز , و أفكار أخرى هي محاور هذا الكتاب الذي يعتبر أوّل رواية لهيرمان هيسه , هذه العناصر و غيرها بقيت مكرّسة في كثير من روايات هيرمان هيسه اللاحقة التي تعدّ أكثر اكتمالا أدبيّا و أشهر عند النقّاد .
لطيفة و ممتعة و تحكي بعفويّة طريقة تفكير كامنيستند الطيّب و لحظاته الوجدانيّة العالية .
ربما ظهرت المباشرة في بعض الأحيان , وربما كان...more
Sarah
May 04, 2011 Sarah rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Sarah by: Mahmoud
ربما أعجبتني لأنها كما قالت سلمى كأنها تتحدث عني..أو أنها أنارت لي جوانب غامضةً، وجلتها بيسر.
لكنني أحببتها أكثر، لأن هسه يكتب بطريقة لا تفسدها المباشرة، ويتأمل بحس شاعر أصيل النفس، يستكشف معنى الحب والحياة في نفسه عن طريق بطله.

جعلني أستشعر الرواية ثانية، لا بحس الصراع الداخلي أو دوامات التفكير التي تتركك لتصل أنت لنتيجة.
بل بطريقة أخرى متأملة هادئة، قد تتصاعد معها ثم تصل لسكينة ما، أو نقطة رضا عن المعاني الجيدة في الحياة.
Salma
كم عشقت ذاك البيتر حين قرأتها
ربما لأني رأيت فيه نفسي
sologdin
Shares the self-obsession that characterizes Hesse's later books, but lacks some of the even worse characteristics of same.

Nutshell: bucolic twerp self-exiles from village, reads books, drinks heavily, becomes writer, obsesses over various persons, remains unsatisfied, &c.

Begins weirdly with prosopopeia involving the mountain scenes of the narrator's village, which matures into mythic-seeming oromachia (2). The ecophile ideology persists throughout, but the mythic mode doesn't last.

Narrator...more
Jerome Peterson

Peter Camenzind
By Hermann Hesse
October 24, 2013

“In the beginning was the myth” is the opening sentence of Peter Camenzind, Hesse’s first novel, originally published with great success in 1904.

It tells the story of the adolescence and early manhood of a writer who leaves the Swiss mountain village where he was born and takes to the road in encounter the great world. In Italy, the country of his idol, St. Francis of Assisi, Camenzind feels at home for the first time. He makes one great friend, who...more
محمود حسني


تتأرجح هذه الرواية بالنسبة لي بين درجتان وثلاث درجات .. حتى نصفها تقريبا كنت قد قررت أن أعطيها 4 درجات ولكن وجدت أنها بدأ من المنتصف حتى النهاية تتدهور ويزداد بها الملل تدريجيا بشكل غريب !

شعرت بأن هناك شئ ما غير منضبط في الترجمة .. لا أعلم! ولكن تملكني شعور ان الروح التي كتبت هذا العمل غير محتمل أن تكتب بأسلوب مباشر ومتكرر بهذا الشكل ! ..


أول قراءاتي لهرمان هسه .. وربما أقرأ له لعبة الكريات الزجاجية .. والتي يراها النقاد العمل الأكثر اكتمالا له ..
Moses
Holy smokes! Peter Camenzind is both you and I, my friend(s).

The country boy moves to the city for school (knowledge), and it disgusts him. He does not fit, nor does he want to. He does not want anything, except to not be where he was born.

All that matters to this man is poetry, and climbing.

To you it could be good weather, and a nice yard.
To me it is drinking nice coffee, and walking (anywhere).

So...he leaves home (family and all), joins college, makes money by accident (his room mate steals h...more
Liam
An autobiographical novel about a provincial young intellectual from the Alps whose education takes him to cultured Zurich, where his eyes are opened to the pleasures of a modern, cultured life. There he meets with urbane, learned associates and eventually travels to Italy as a poet, before returning to his father's house in the Alpine forest, his heart broken twice over by unrequited love. Well written, but otherwise an unimaginative and dull tale of an artist coming of age. The sentimentality...more
Brittany
I only gave this book three stars because I'm not sure how I feel about the protagonist, Peter Camenzind. Sometimes I liked him and sometimes I didn't. What I didn't like was Camenzind's air of superiority that I read in his tone of writing (Hesse wrote the book from Camenzind's point of view in the first person). Camenzind often came off that unless you appreciated or understood nature like he did/does then you didn't deserve to live amongst that nature. While I'm sure everyone appreciates natu...more
Lorenzo
Appropriately enough I read this book during a short holiday in the mountains. In lack of the Swiss ones, I opted for the Italian Alps.
Without having anything else to read in my backpack, I've had the opportunity of dedicating a second read to the book. An extremely rare habit of me.

As a bad conoisseur of Herman Hesse literary production (no Siddharta, no Steppenwolf) my impression on Peter Camenzind has very much to do with pouring a half litre water in a one litre bottle: on the one hand, we...more
Jacob
I read several Hermann Hesse books when I was in high school and quite enjoyed them. Recently I found a little gem that I had neverheardanything aboutbefore. Peter Camenzind is a somewhat autobiographical novel of a young man from the Alps finding his way in the world. As with his other works, Hesse's gift is notproducing a unique story line, but rather presenting a common story line, uniquely. His prose is almost poetic in its descriptions of the young man's village on the shores of an alpine l...more
Patti
I love Hermann Hesse.

Peter Camenzind reminded me of a 1900's version of On the Road set in Switzerland. Prone to melancholy and drunkenness, Camenzind's wanderlust and love of nature might be better compared to Kerouac's Big Sur. Both books describe characters that you want to succeed, but end up drunk with their hearts broken. They also show an intelligence and self-awareness of the reasons of their failures.

Which makes sense why Hermann Hesse and Jack Kerouac are two of my favorite authors....more
Subvert
Came across this book on someone's bookshelf and thought it'd be fun to read as a quick read being somewhere's in a rather mountainous part of the world. Of course I recognize the name Herman Hesse, but I had never read anything of him before.

It was a quick read indeed, I finished it in one day. The writing is nice and it was a fun enough read. I sort of like the quest towards finding yourself, there are some worthwhile insights in it. It didn't exactly strike me ephinanous thoughts in me, but...more
Erik Graff
May 15, 2011 Erik Graff rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition Recommends it for: Hesse fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
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This was one of the first Hesse novels read after deciding to seek him out. I also found it at once both exceptionally moving and, in comparison to his other work, amusing.

The lesson of the book, not unusual one in Hesse, is to appreciate what theologians call "ordinary grace" (as opposed to those miraculous gifts appealed for in all-too-ordinary prayer). Working at the Brookwood Convalescent and Nursing Center in DesPlaines (an old peoples' home) at the time, the lesson was not lost to me.
Greenoha
و الغريب ان الريفيوهات كلها فيها عبارة " رأيت فيه نفسي"
و هو بالفعل ذاك جداً :)

الكتاب كان صدمة لي فى أول مرة قرأته بسبب اني وجدت فيه الكثير جداً من نفسي ؛ ما كنت اعتبره شديد الخصوصية فى ذلك الوقت ..
تجربة الانتقال من الريف ( الصحراء فى حالتي ) الي المدينة ، و رغم اني تمكنت من التماهي مع المدينة بشكل مثالي جداً ؛ الا ان قريتي تنتصر دائماً فى كل احلامي .. فانا لا احلم الا ببيتنا القديم هناك :)

سأكمل الريفيو فى وقت لاحق بعد ان استعيد تفاصيل الكتاب فى اعاده القراءة هذه :))
Newengland
You can't go home again. As a young man, this romantic little gem swept me off my feet. Returning to it years later (my feet more solidly on the ground, by dint of experience), less so. Still, for what it said to me once upon a time, I am ever grateful for this tale of a Romantic young lad and his lust for life...
Zack
This book's not very good--now and then you glimpse the angel hidden in the marble, but there's way too much marble, if you know what I mean--but Hermann Hesse wrote another excellent book called "Knulp"--I give that one five stars.
Lysergius
A minor novel in the Hesse oeuvre. Worth reading for completness.
Gertrude & Victoria
A timeless story of a young man in search for adventure and new experiences. When Peter leaves his mountain hamlet to travel Europe he is filled with fanciful expectations. This young idealist meets people along the way who become his trusted and beloved friends. Their bonds grow deeper and stronger until tragedy tears them apart. Here, again, fate has dealt a cruel and crushing blow, which is a recurring theme in Hesse's works.

Peter Camenzind is a remarkable story, similar to many world classi...more
Adam
With every Hesse novel I read, my appreciation for him grows. I am constantly amazed by the way he is always describing a new feeling or experience that I've had in a way that I can empathize with on a level far deeper than any other author. I feel connected to Hesse when I'm reading him, which is something really no other books give me, even those I cherish and respect to the utmost.

Peter Camenzind had a lot of that, especially at the beginning, when Hesse describes Peter's love for two of my...more
TeacherMrLoria
4 out of 5 for Hesse. 5 out of 5 compared to novels in general.

Peter Camenzind is Hesse’s first novel, but it is truly a gem. Containing the brilliant prose combined with the deep philosophies that make Hesse’s books so compelling, it is an outstanding book. The narrative structure is first person, and at times it is a bit awkward (compared to his more mature works) and once or twice it tells more than it shows, but only for brief moments. It is very interesting to see Hesse’s early works to see...more
Brad
I always like reading Hermann Hesse. 'Peter Camenzind' is a quick read where much of the narrator's life is painted in broad strokes of the brush. Here I am reminded of a poignent metaphor disclosed early in the novel. The painter's brush strokes, when observed closely, can be scrutinized as a part of an unfinished or imperfect work, however, these ambiguous contributions to the painting are not mistakes, but convey to the observer that it is not preciseness which speaks to the soul, but ambigui...more
Ibrahim Sâki
"Bugünün bütün bu insanlarının ne büyük bir özlemle esenliği aradığı ve bu özlemin onları ne acayip yollara sürüklediği bazen dikkatimi çekiyordu. Tanrı'ya inanmaya aptalca, neredeyse yakışıksız bir gözle bakılıyor, Tanrı'dan başka bir sürü öğretiye, isme, örneğin Schopenhauer'a, Buddha'ya, Zerdüşt'e ve daha pek çoklarına inanmakta sakınca görülmüyordu. Kendilerine henüz isim yapmamış genç şairler vardı, stilize evlerde kimi heykel ve tabloların önünde görkemli ayinler düzenliyorlardı. Tanrı'nın...more
Ian
You can see at times the kernel of Hesse's future brilliance, and the prose is splendid, especially whenever there is a lake or mountain in sight. Unfortunately the whole thing is weighed down both by the strict canons of the Bildungsroman of the time, and by the tediousness of the main character himself. Camenzind says towards the end he's not like a Werther, but he's really not that far, drifting through life in woe and sadness, finding the sorrow in every small joy, polishing every memory so...more
Esteban Gordon
"Without much regret I felt myself outgrowing my adolescence and maturing to the point where life appears a short path, yourself a traveler whose peregrinations and final disappearance are of no great consequence to the world. You keep your eyes fixed on your objective, a favorite dream. But you never consider yourself indispensable and you indulge yourself with rest periods every so often, and don't mind losing an entire day lying down in the grass, whistling a tune and enjoying the present wit...more
George Dimitrov
До някъде помага религиозното възпитание на Хесе, прави текста по интересен. Кои друг би започнал книгата си със следното изказване.

"In the beginning was the myth. God, in his search for self-expression, invested the souls of Hindus, Greeks, and Germans with poetic shapes and continues to invest each child's soul with poetry every day."



Разбира се и описанието на младежкия романтизъм и идеализъм, страха от отхвърляне, значимоста на добрите приятелства са ни до болка познати. Приятно беше осещан...more
Federico Trejos
A real treat for the coming of age matters at any age, since society and media affect how and when we grow, so do books make us grow or rather complete certain phases in life's journey. Deals with transformation and touch of grace moments, in a life of those thinking, creative, solitary ones, that never stop, or for whose journeys, like trains, decree and keep on going. I really felt for Peter and the power of tenderness, which is now a days almost a sin, so such books that carry deep feelings a...more
Kevin
Great first novel by Hesse. Extremely autobiographical, the book charts the life of one Peter Camenzind, a Swiss country boy with an extreme sensitivity towards nature. He comes from a rural Swiss Alpine village, gets himself educated in university, falls in love several times with women which end up being a failure (so ends up falling in love with wine instead...not a bad thing). His hero is Francis of Assisi, the nature saint, and he sees himself following a similar path. Peter eventually retu...more
H. Ryan
Similar to his other books, a first person narrated story of a man traveling to find himself. Comforting in its poetry. Deep in its spirituality: "As I learned to love nature as if it were a person, to listen to it as if to a comrade or traveling companion speaking a foreign tongue, my melancholy, though not cured, was ennobled and cleansed" (120). This book also lead me to write about the dynamics of reading a book: I've always liked the left page better than the right. The eye is just more rea...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.

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“I began to understand that suffering and disappointments and melancholy are there not to vex us or cheapen us or deprive us of our dignity but to mature and transfigure us.” 87 likes
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