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Wandering: Notes and Sketches Paperback – January, 1972

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Farrar Straus & Giroux (January 1972)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0374509751
  • ISBN-13: 978-0374509750
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.4 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #760,039 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) was born in Germany and later became a citizen of Switzerland. As a Western man profoundly affected by the mysticism of Eastern thought, he wrote many novels, stories, and essays that bear a vital spiritual force that has captured the imagination and loyalty of many generations of readers. In 1946, he won the Nobel Prize for Literature for The Glass Bead Game.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By "marynstockman" on July 28, 2003
Format: Paperback
I 'wandered' upon the first edition of this book at a yard sale, and once having begun it, was thrilled with every word and every turn of phrase. Hesse, in this lesser-known work, writes with beautiful symplicity and grace. Each short prose piece is accompanied by charming sketches, and each ends with one of Hesse's poems. Here Hesse reveals his deepest fears, hopes, and insights; which once read, will bring any wandering soul closer to enlightenment. Highly recommended!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
I thought this book essentially epitomized Hesse's search for meaning, but the narrative was simply told in a series of sharp images, ones in which he himself found inspiration. In contrast to his many, more famous novels, I believe Hesse writes in absolute honesty, no longer confined to the restrictions of a classic novel, and the images and sensations he reproduces are stunning.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Laura P Barreca on November 17, 2001
Format: Hardcover
The most wonderful, beautiful book, it has been my absolute favourite for the past 30 years, always makes me feel like I'm home again, in the company of all feelings and emotions that make me feel warm and connected to the earth.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Ewell Bowers on June 25, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I have just finished reading this book, and probably should not be attempting to write a review because words fail to describe how wonderful this book is. It is the most beautiful book I have ever read. It is written in Hesse's gentle, quiet style, and consists of metaphorical meditations on wandering. The imagery is graceful while the implications resound deep within one. Each sketch moved me deeply. This is Hesse at his best, a spiritual explorer, free of dogma, immersing himself and the reader in simple yet fascinating reflections. I plan on reading this book frequently, savoring each image and feeling the serenity created by Hesse's prose. I would urge everyone to read this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By R. Richard on September 30, 2014
Format: Paperback
"It would be wholly impossible for me to say whether this cloudy, silently disturbed, unraveled sky is mirrored in my soul or the reverse, whether or not I read the image of my own inner life in this sky. Sometimes everything is so completely uncertain! There are days when I am convinced that no man on earth can recognize certain moods of air and cloud, certain tones of color, certain fragrances and movements of moisture as finely, as exactly, and as truly as I can, with my old, nervous sense of poet and wanderer. And then again, as today, it can become doubtful to me whether I have seen, heard, and smelled anything after all, whether everything that I took to be true is not merely an image cast outward, the image of my inner life."

I only wish I could give this book 6 stars.
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I found this book in my local library and immediately fell in love. Hesse, throughout most of his works but especially in this one, captures the essence of the true wandering spirit. Hesse had taken some time away from the city to clear his mind hiking through the Alps. These poems and prose come from that trip. This prose doesn't have deep, underlying meaning, but is the clearest of a man who simply sees what is in front of him.

"We wanderers are very cunning - we develop those feelings which are impossible to fulfil; and the love which actually should belong to a woman, we lightly scatter among small towns and mountains, lakes and valleys, children by the side of the road, beggars on the bridge, cows in the pasture, birds and butterflies. We separate love from its object, love alone is enough for us, in the same way that, in wandering, we don't look for a goal, we only look for the happiness of wandering, only wandering."

Wanting a copy for myself and to lend out to friends I ordered from Amazon. The first company through whom I ordered sent the book, supposedly, but it was soon lost in the mail. My second order, placed over a month ago now, has yet to arrive. I emailed the company and they said that due to some new Homeland Security policy some items were delayed. I went back to the local library only to find that the book had been checked out by a woman who recently moved and took it with her. I'm not sure if it is possible to actually get your hands on this book but it is supposedly out there somewhere.
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This book holds a special place in my heart. I first read it as a teenager, and it served as my first book of nature writing. My older brothers were seasoned readers of Hesse, and felt this light volume would work as an introduction for me. I found it exciting to read about how the author connected to the places he went. I, too, wanted to "wander." It was as if a new world opened up to me, and I would go on to read Thoreau, Emerson, and so many more. Still enthralled with nature literature, still re-reading this book, and still doing my own wandering some forty years later.
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