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De Toverberg

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  25,311 Ratings  ·  1,426 Reviews
Hoofdfiguur in deze grootse ontwikkelingsroman is de onvergetelijke Hans Castorp. Bij een bezoek aan zijn neef in het sanatorium wordt ook Castorp met een lichte longaandoening opgenomen. Zijn verblijf duurt zeven jaar en in die tijd raakt Castorp in de greep van het geïsoleerde sanatoriumleven, waarin fysieke indolentie gepaard gaat met een intens spiritueel en zinnelijk ...more
Paperback, 971 pages
Published October 2009 by De Arbeiderspers (first published 1924)
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Virtuella A profound understanding of the human condition, of our culture and its decline, of philosophy, religion, psychology; combined with the very best use…moreA profound understanding of the human condition, of our culture and its decline, of philosophy, religion, psychology; combined with the very best use of the German language.(less)
Peter Crofts You should probably get ahold of the Woods translation, maybe just check it out from the library. Like so much of the novel, it's more than a bit…moreYou should probably get ahold of the Woods translation, maybe just check it out from the library. Like so much of the novel, it's more than a bit ridiculous. I felt an odd sense of deja vu when reading it until I realized that, amongst other things, it is a parody of the Liebestod of Wagner's Tristan.

Actually....if you found it to be as magnificent a book as some of us, you might want to read it again in this new translation. I tried to read the Lowe-Porter translation a couple of decades ago and gave up. It struck me as stilted. But that may just be a matter of taste. I found the more recent Woods version much lighter and funnier.

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Jan 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition


It is dusk, and we are on a slim boat, similar to a black gondola and approach an isolated island. As I can make out better the shapes, I realize I have seen this before. The image in front of my eyes is like a black and white version of Arnold Bocklin’s painting and now I am transported to his Isle of the Dead. There is deep silence. I can only hear the very faint stirring of the water as the boat slides over it. Well no, there is also a faint melody which be
I am in a good mood today!

Which should be readily apparent, because if I were not, this book would probably have received only two stars from me—not as a reflection of its literary quality per se, but rather as a reflection of my own reaction to it.

Here is what happened yesterday: I finished this book and tossed it forcefully onto the coffee table next to me in what may be seen as a transparent attempt to attract attention to myself (which is something I tend to do often) and sure enough someone
Jun 27, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviews

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

You’re faced with a daunting task when you try to talk about The Magic Mountain – there are so many threads that to pull on one seems unfair to the others. For some it’s a meditation on time, for others it’s the foundational ‘sick-lit’ masterpiece; it’s an allegory of pre-First World War Europe, say one group of supporters; not at all, argue others, it’s a parody of the Bildungsroman tradition.

And yet despite the profusion of themes and ideas, this is a supremely contained book. ‘Insular’ you mi
Imagine being stuck in a place where all sense of time is lost in the web of inactivity, a place which enables people to lead a life devoid of any greater purpose and only focused on recuperation from a queer illness, a place almost hermetically sealed and self-controlled, successfully keeping the repercussions of wars and diplomatic feuds between nations at bay. Imagine being rid of all your earthly woes of finding means of survival and all the elements that stand as pillars supporting the norm ...more
Ian "Marvin" Grayejoy
Socratic Dialogues

"The Magic Mountain" is a sequel to “Death in Venice”.

Just as Plato’s Socratic Dialogues were the foundation of the novella, they guide the narrative of "TMM", a "Bildungsroman" that is concerned with the education of the protagonist, Hans Castorp, during the seven year period from ages 23 to 30.

Castorp doesn’t so much learn or grow by his physical actions. The character development is intellectual, a development which is equally apparent in both the author and the reader.

Lance Greenfield
Oct 07, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: gave-up-on
At the risk of being labelled a Philistine, I declare that this book is one of the most insufferably boring tomes that has ever made it onto my bedside table. I admit that I only struggled my way through the first 170 pages, but that was enough to convince me that I should not waste any more minutes of my precious life wading through any more of this drivel.

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
If you give this book a chance, and some long quiet hours with your full attention, you will be in the midst of incredible richness.

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
To read The Magic Mountain is to be wholly immersed in Hans Castorp’s little world, to really take part as Hans and his companions grapple with mankind’s dichotomies: life vs death, action vs intellect, reason vs emotion, naturalism vs mysticism, East vs West, god vs man, and, perhaps above all, love, that singular epitomic contradiction, that wonderful celebration of life, that raison d'être, which capriciously wields the power both to exult and to desolate.

The book’s characters - the wild and
Ladies and gentlemen, we have a contestant for the spot of my absolute favorite novel. The judgment is only being withheld due to the fact that I currently don't have a review for Of Human Bondage, so no accurate comparison can be made as of yet. However. It must be said that if the previous book gave me hope for the human condition, this one explosively revitalized my admiration for the human ideal.

Few people write like this nowadays. Most don't appreciate their world and its myriad ideas and o
Nikos Tsentemeidis
Μόλις τελείωσα ενθουσιασμένος την ανάγνωση αυτού του αριστουργήματος. Δε θα πω ότι πρόκειται για ένα από τα σημαντικότερα μυθιστορήματα, αυτό θα το κρίνει ο καθένας. Δεν είναι αυτό, στο οποίο επιζητάς την πλοκή, αλλά ανήκει στην κατηγορία των φιλοσοφικών, δηλαδή την αγαπημένη μου.

Στο τέλος του πρώτου τόμου, αναρωτήθηκα αν μου αρέσει ή όχι. Η αλήθεια είναι πως βιάστηκα στην ανάγνωσή του και αυτό το διαπίστωσα μόλις στις πρώτες σελίδες του δεύτερου, γι’ αυτό επέστρεψα διαβάζοντας ξανά ορισμένα απ
Reviewed in December, 2013

I love when the themes of two books I happen to be reading overlap. And when those themes also reflect aspects of my own life experience, I feel a wonderful convergence, an exchange of awareness at an almost physical level as if the the space between the pages where the authors ideas are laid out and my reading of their pages has become porous and a continual flow happens between all three, an exchange not unlike the one that happens in the deepest tissues of the respir
Mar 19, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Seekers of the controversial currents of thought in the Nineteenth Century
Recommended to Dolors by: Thomas Mann
Impressions on my first reading of "The Magic Mountain" in 2009. Before GR

I finished this over-long book and I can only say I am not prepared to read it again, even if Thomas Mann himself asked me in person.
A complex book, philosophy, history and politics all mixed up with symbolism and irony. The author plays with the perception of time and the reader loses touch with reality. A swayed main character, too much of vain discourse and little sense.
I won't deny the singularity of the work, but I
Jun 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In 1997, in Jamaica Plain, Boston, ~4 am, mid-June, after a college friend's band that was blowing up at the time played the Middle East and everyone afterwards came back to our place, I remember a coolish girl on our porch saying to me something like "Oh, you like to read? I bet you like boring shit like The Magic Mountain." I don't remember my response but since then whenever I've thought of this book I've flashed to that scene and her assumption that only pretentious little fuckers read books ...more
May 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

“The Hamlet of Europe now looks upon millions of ghosts” Paul Valery wrote. Elsinore is everywhere. “The time is out of joint” spoke Hamlet. And he gazed at laughing skulls and procrastinated and made colloquies with ghosts within the walls his cliffside castle. Hans Castorp also waits, lingers, decides not to decide, dallies with whether it is better to be or not to be, listens to his attendant spirits, weighs skulls in the palm of his hand while time pulses around him on great heights. But
Mar 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alemanha, nobel
“Adeus, Hans Castorp, filho ingénuo e traquinas da vida! A tua história chegou ao fim.”

Vou guardar Hans Castorp na minha memória literária com muito carinho. Vou guardá-lo ao lado de outras personagens marcantes que me são tão caras como velhos amigos de carne e osso.

Apesar do tamanho pouco prático, andei com este tijolo atrás por todo o lado (sim, olharam-me de lado com ar incrédulo!), e num livro que fala sobre o Tempo; o Tempo que se dilui, o Tempo que passa por nós sem darmos por ele, o Temp
T.D. Whittle
I am not going to review this book in any serious or analytical way. It's been reviewed by many clever readers already, over several generations and sprawling continents. It hardly needs my support. I am just going to offer my entirely subjective comments about what a great and thoroughly enjoyable read it is.

The plot should be familiar to Western readers by now, as this classic is a century old and much discussed in literary circles. However, in case you missed out, here's the synopsis from Goo
Wimps in the Mist

Time is not a constant, said Einstein in 1916, and his fellow German Thomas Mann was like whoa. Eight years later he finished Magic Mountain, which proves that time is relative by making the experience of reading it last fucking forever.

Here is the "plot": Young Hans Castorp has found that he doesn't enjoy having a job, or anything else about life, so when he ambles up a mountain to visit his consumptive cousin Joachim who does nothing but sit around wrapped in a blanket all day
Nov 29, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
I just finished Thomas Mann's Der Zauberberg (The Magic Mountain, tr. John Woods), and without a doubt it is among the five best works of literature that I have ever read. Covering more than 700 densely-packed pages, it is not for the light of heart, but provides ample reward for the tenacious reader. Published in 1924 and winning the Nobel Prize for literature in 1929, The Magic Mountain should reside on your shelf next to The Brothers Karamazov, The Persian Letters, The Sorrows of Young Werthe ...more
Για να φύγει αυτό από τη μέση, η έκδοση του Ζαχαρόπουλου είναι μία από τις χειρότερες μεταφράσεις που έχω συναντήσει ποτέ μου. Το ότι όχι μόνο δεν καταστράφηκε η αναγνωστική εμπειρία μου από αυτό το γεγονός, αλλά κατάφερε το πνεύμα και το μεγαλείο του Μαν να μεταφερθεί μέσα από τις αντίξοες (σε βαθμό αθλιότητας πολλές φορές) μεταφραστικές συνθήκες, δείχνει πόσο δυνατό είναι αυτό το πνεύμα. Αφού έφυγε λοιπόν αυτό από τη μέση, πάμε σε αυτά που πραγματικά έχουν σημασία.

Μπορεί εκ πρώτης όψεως να φα
Aug 04, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those with patience and perseverance
Recommended to Lawyer by: The Thomas Mann Group
The Magic Mountain: Thomas Mann's Ambiguous Bildungsroman

Ah, Thomas Mann, you have held me captive from a hot summer's day in August until I have begun to see the first hints of color tinging the leaves with a hue that will lead to their fall and ultimate decay. You have occupied my thoughts during long days and nights. I do not know whether to bless you or curse you, for I recognize how precious time is. At times the tick of the clock sounds ominous.

At its most basic level Mann tells us of the
Jul 11, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

There were times when I wondered if I’d ever finish this book. It wasn’t that I didn’t want to, but reading a novel driven by ideas rather by plot or character has its challenges. Particularly if, like me, you do most of your reading at night, in between getting into bed and switching off the light. This is not the kind of novel which can be read, digested and disposed of quickly. It demands concentration, patience and perseverance – qualities in which I am frequently lacking at the end of a day
Aug 03, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: german, fiction, favorites
Finally read this, after several failed attempts with a truly awful translation (Lowe-Porter's). I've missed out on a truly extraordinary novel for too long. The dazzling descriptions and the intricate and fiery conversations of the characters are truly amazing. This book is a labyrinth of ideas and thoughts and definitely merits further study.
Roy Lotz
Ah yes, irony! Beware of the irony that flourishes here, my good engineer.

In my freshman year of college, I took a literature course to fulfill a core curriculum requirement: Sexuality in Literature. It was a great class; we read Plato’s Symposium, Sappho’s poetry, the Song of Solomon, Sade, and Sacher-Masoch. But of all the great books we made our way through that semester, the one that most stuck with me was Mann’s collection of short fiction, which included Death in Venice.

I was a negligen
Nov 24, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
A Bildungsroman, or novel of initiation, as noted by Thomas Mann himself, concisely written and challenging. Mann spends the first book setting the backdrop and then focuses gradually more and more on his characters; on the way that each of them thinks and acts, thus creating fleshed out personalities.

Our main protagonist is Hans Castorp, whose psychological and intellectual growth we follow during his 7 year stay in the sanatorium. His representation of the mediocre German bourgeois is confront
Mar 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: clássicos, alemães
(review in English below)

Ontem li este artigo (qualquer coisa como A Teoria da Síndrome de Estocolmo dos Livros Grandes, numa tradução muito livre), partilhado por um amigo aqui do GoodReads e que recomendo a todos os que estiverem à vontade a ler em inglês. Muito interessante e com um humor que me agradou.

Uma das partes que mais gostei foi quando o autor compara o facto de conseguirmos chegar ao fim de uma grande obra (grande também no sentido literal, o
Τέτοια βιβλία καλό είναι να μη γράφονται οχι μόνο γιατί αυξάνουν τις αναγνωστικες μου προσδοκίες αλλα κυριως επειδή αναζωογονουν και αναστατωνουν με καθε δυνατό τρόπο.
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Τρια σύντομα σχόλια για αυτό το αριστούργημα.

(α) αποτελεί ένα έργο γραμμένο πριν και μετά τον Α παγκόσμιο πόλεμο. Είναι ένα καθαρά γερμανικό, δυτικό ευρωπαϊκό έργο αναζήτησης. Χρειάζεται μια κάποια γνώση και σπουδή για να παρακολουθήσει ο αναγνώστης την ατμόσφαιρα του σανατοριου και τις συζητήσεις. Ειδικά η διαλογική κόντρα των Σεττεμπρινι - Ναφτα, με το υπέροχο τέλος της, απαιτεί και γνώση και κατανόηση. Το κεφάλαιο Χιόνι, αποτελεί την κορύφωση της πνευματικής κατάκτησης του ήρωα. Ο Πεερκορντ
Aug 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Philosophers, Debaters, Readers with lots of time on their hands.
"Some books are to be tasted, others to be swallowed, and some few to be chewed and digested."
Francis Bacon Of Studies

TMM clearly belongs in the final category.

Do not believe the naysayers– The Magic Mountain is an easy read i.e., if you know your Hegel, Schopenhauer, & Nietzsche well, also Einstein's Theory of Relativity, Freud's literature on Psychoanalysis, & Classical, Medieval, & Modern Western religio-politico-cultural thoughts. I'm, of course, assuming that (like Mann) you
Nov 02, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In my opinion, Thomas Mann was a genius and one of the most brilliant writers of the twentieth century. I originally read most of his works through the H. T. Lowe-Porter translations, which, though elegant and literary in their own right, took several liberties with Mann's ideas, subtleties, and humor. I have been grabbing up the newer translations by John E. Woods which, in my opinion, are superior to Lowe-Porter's in virtually every aspect. If you are planning to tackle this, probably the best ...more
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