The Magic Mountain
In this dizzyingly rich novel of ideas, Mann uses a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps, a community devoted exclusively to sickness, as a microcosm for Europe, which in the years before 1914 was already exhibiting the first symptoms of its own terminal irrationality. The Magic Mountain is a monumental work of erudition and irony, sexual tension and intellectual ferment, a book t...more
I know, I have also been chastised for criticising modern art in the same way. Tracey Emin's "Unmade Bed" and Thomas Mann's "The Magic Moun...more
Imagine hiking up a steep mountain. You are not quite winning the game of hide & seek with the Sun and it has got its fiery eyes firmly on you. Your legs are chewing your ears off with incessant grumbling. With each step you take, a wish to flop down right there grows stronger. One of these steps carries you to a spot where a spectacular vista suddenly opens up before you. For the briefest moment, the scene in front of you consumes not only your vision, but your consciousness. It is only in...more
Few people write like this nowadays. Most don't appreciate their world and its myriad ideas and o...more
This book was horrific. There was no point, no enjoyment, no anything save for a harrowing description, 900 pages in length, of some sad sack in a tuberculosis sanitarium. The only reason I even finished the book was that I refused to let it defeat me.
It wasn't until a friend I respect above all others urged me, pleaded with me, b...more
Wise, erudite, deeply engaged but titanically remote, grand, magisterial, ironic, cosmopolitan, comic in a sly gently mocking way.
They don't write 'em like this anymore. the title is onomatpoeic. The book itself is mountainous....some of the deepest philosophical prophecy on what the 20th Century was, and would become. The characters are allegorical, true, but the c...more
After a good break, I felt ready to go back to that world; and I fo...more
The novel starts ok, with young Hans Castorp arriving at a sanitorium in the Swiss Alps to visit his sick cousin for a couple of weeks.
The narrator describes the place and the routines, introduces a bunch of characters, and you're ready for some drama to get going.. but it simply doesn't!
There's a lot of talking and thinking and philosophising- but not about anything inte...more
(2012) Still an amazing book, two years later. I don't adore every page of it--I get bogged down when Mann gets abstruse--but the book is so full of heart and soul and mind, great characters, interesting conversation, and fine writing.
Even this time through, I went very slowly through the first 300 pages or so. I was not bored, exactly, but I did not feel any special urgency--a feeling that, not coincidentally, corresponds with the way that Hans Casto...more
The main problem for...more
FAVOURITE QUOTE: “What then was life? It was warmth, the warmth generated by a form-preserving instability, a fever of matter, which accompanied the process of ceaseless decay and repair of albumen molecules that were too impossibly complicated, too impossibly ingenious in structure. It was the...more
There are so many points during the narrative where the characters are discussing the nature of time, existence, etc. After awhile it's hard to read another monologue about humanistic theory, and the nature of being.
I would say that the last half of the novel is actually very readable and informative.
I read somewhere that Thomas Mann suggested that to fully understand this book is to read it twice. I don't th...more
If you can't vacation for a year or so in the Swiss Alps at mountain top resort, read this and become a temporary resident of the Berghof sanatorium. You'll become immersed in the world of sweet ignorant littl...more
Radamès ha tradito, per una schiava barbara, la patria e l’onore. La purezza del suo cuore gli permette di affrontare con fermezza il tribunale dei sacerdoti e l’indignazione di Amneris. Condannato a perire in una tomba sotterranea, Radamès troverà conforto in Aida, che per amore ha scelto di intrecciare il suo destino a quello dell’amato. Può esservi amore senza sofferenza?...more
Mostly, it's about a tuberculosis hospital on the top of a mountain. It's about the characters being sick, and how they each handle that situation differently.
It's supposed to be an allegory in some ways - it's got a guy who's a really dutiful young soldier, an...more
Gracias a Fer (Anna-O) en mis manos desde el meetup de feb-08. Comienzo hoy a leerlo (ya pasé el prólogo) y me entero que viene genial después de haber leído "La muerte en Venecia", texto que leí el mes pasado. Así que en breve, les resumo un poco que tal me pareció.
Todo lo que relatan mis antecesores:
pasa el tiempo y como si no pasara nada.
Pero una sensación te recorre... algo se moviliza, a pesar de la quietud, a...more
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Thomas Mann was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, and 1929 Nobel Prize laureate, known for his series of highly symbolic and ironic epic novels and novellas, noted for their insight into the psychology of the artist and the intel...more