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The Glass Bead Game (Magister Ludi) Paperback – September 21, 2013
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Starred Review. Nobel prize winner Hesse's final novel, here available for the first time on audio, is set in a 23rd-century utopia in which the intellectual elite have distilled all available knowledge of math, music, science, and art into an elaborately coded game. Cleanly and precisely describing this complex and dense future is theater actor/director David Colacci, who has previously read titles by Greg Iles and Anne Perry. While the length may seem daunting, Colacci's voice remains fresh through the 17th CD of this captivating novel. For large public and academic libraries. [Audio clip available through www.bbcaudiobooksamerica.com.—Ed.]—J. Sara Paulk, Fitzgerald-Ben Hill Cty. Lib., GA
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I think I got more out of the last third of the book than the whole plodding main narrative, but I am glad I read it.
It was a bit like looking at a challenging and slightly unpleasant painting in an art museum. While one can't help but marvel at the technical acheivement of the thing, still it wouldn't hang in a livingroom.
Hardcover itself looks good. The paper is low qualty but bearable. Very annoying small font (significantly below average size). If you like your eyes, don't buy it.
It's the first time I write a review here and only because I was very disappointed. Would return.
That said, the three short stories at the end of the book are its crowning halos. They stand alone as brilliant delicasies worth owning and reading the book for.