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Demian by Hermann Hesse
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May 05, 08

Read in May, 2008

Ugh. I forced myself to finish this short book and, in the end, felt it wasn't worth the trouble. I picked it up because I loved Siddhartha so much (though it's been years since I read it and now I wonder if it it will hold up). I found Demian terribly melodramatic and over-wrought and I could never really begin to care much about Sinclair and all his angst-ridden inner turmoil. There were a few interesting and lovely passages -- only a couple of times did I feel a thrill of poetry in the language or an inspired idea. Otherwise, I found it completely tedious and disappointing.

If anyone else wants to give it a try, I'd be happy to pass along my paperback copy. Many people seem to adore this book, and I'm sure it will be better appreciated by someone other than me.

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Michael Dipietro I had pretty much the same experience. Loved Siddhartha, hated this one. I felt that much of the "philosophy" here was just floaty mysticism with no substance. By the time I got to the end, the melodrama was making me laugh out loud a bit.


Jose Moch Would you mind reading my review?


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