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The Fairy Tales of Hermann Hesse by Hermann Hesse
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Nov 09, 2011

bookshelves: did-not-finish

When I read fairy tales, it's because I want and expect to feel a sense of wonder, awe, transcendence. Maybe terror, disgust, and/or delight as well. This? So far, I've mostly felt an annoyed sort of meh. DNF, no rating.

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message 1: by Anne (new)

Anne Have you ever read and enjoyed anything by Hesse? I hear he's an acquired taste.

message 2: by Jessica (new) - added it

Jessica Well, I read and didn't enjoy Siddhartha. I think his stuff tries to be profound, but it comes across (to me) more as overly-stylized, pretentious and so navel-gazing(?) it misses the big picture. And while I do occasionally enjoy over-stylized and pretentious stuff, it needs to be mixed in with humor and/or self-awareness or just be completely gonzo for me to enjoy it.

message 3: by Anne (new)

Anne Sounds very German to me! Ok, Swiss-German, but still not fun.

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