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Wandering: Notes and Sketches Paperback – January, 1972
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When your soul wants to settle, but your mind and body keep wandering, it can be upsetting for those who don’t consider themselves to be peripatetic. One preponderant theme here, though, is that “Home” is a place not to leave or return to; rather, “Home is within you or home is nowhere at all.” So if Home eludes you, then you are looking in the wrong place. Also, there exists a certain sentimentality that holds hands with the past, to that place that you used to call Home, to that life you used to live. Reality is obfuscated by the present vantage of long gone days. Perfection is an illusion.
Hesse also addresses the paradox that he lives – he wants to be a poet and a middle-class person simultaneously. “I want silence, peace, and a middle-class life…and old books.” Are these contradicting notions? Can one be seemingly opposing entities? Think of it as a road that takes you on your journey – the same road that leads you home. It’s really the same road, yet it serves two contrary functions. A person can be more than one thing.
“Trees are sanctuaries.” Ah, this is something I have known my whole life, and Hesse devotes an entire chapter to these beings. Do you love trees? If so, you’ll love this chapter even more than the others.
All life ends, that’s no revelation. Hesse opines that to worry about most of it is a waste of time.Read more ›
As oppositions arise and would be contained.... Or will the dream fade?
That the biggest loss would be. Are you wandering with the author becoming ourself?
I only wish I could give this book 6 stars.
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One of my favorite books, it feels like a book of daydreams and sighs. Just perfection.Published 22 months ago by annibells.
I had first run across this book in a bookstore in Montreal. Having read several Hesse books, I was curious about this book I hadn't heard about. Read morePublished on December 23, 2012 by TMT
Words can't describe the perfection of this book. Reading it is pure meditation. Hesse is a rare individual who truly has his eyes open and somehow he is able to relate this... Read morePublished on October 30, 2011 by JL4321
If you've read Knulp, then this book will make you realize his inspiration for those three tales. I can't imagine have gone through this life without these two works.Published on June 30, 2011 by J Cosmo Asp
This is one of the best Hesse translations. The prose has a great, wistful tone. I've read this volume a million times. You won't regret buying this if you're a Hesse fan.Published on February 8, 2011 by Amazon Customer