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Peter Camenzind by Hermann Hesse
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Oct 19, 08

Read in October, 2008

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.
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Hermann Hesse
“The diabolical thing about melancholy is not that it makes you ill but that it makes you conceited and shortsighted; yes almost arrogant. You lapse into bad taste, thinking of yourself as Heine's Atlas, whose shoulders support all the world's puzzles and agonies, as if thousands, lost in the same maze, did not endure the same agonies.”
Hermann Hesse, Peter Camenzind

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Jessica Spicka Great quote!

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