Thursday, 11 April 2019

Books From The Backlog - Demian by Hermann Hesse

Books from the Backlog is a weekly post hosted at Carole's Random Life In Books. Carole says it's "a fun way to feature some of those neglected books sitting on your bookshelf unread. If you are anything like me, you might be surprised by some of the unread books hiding in your stacks." Find out more and link up your own posts on Carole's Random Life In Books.

I enjoyed taking part in Books From The Backlog last year, but got out of the habit of the weekly posts. Now I hope to use this meme to stoke my enthusiasm for my 2019 Mount TBR Challenge. I'm posting one BFTB a fortnight and then Actually Reading The Book before the next post is due!

Last time I chose Windward Heights by Maryse Conde and my review is now on Literary Flits.

Next up is:


Demian by Hermann Hesse

Demian is a classic coming-of-age story that continues to inspire generations of readers in its exploration of good and evil, morality, and self-discovery. The main character of this classic novel, Emil Sinclair, is a young boy raised in a bourgeois home. Emil's entire existence can be summarized as a struggle between two worlds—the show world of illusion and the real world, the world of spiritual truth. According to Hesse, the novel is a story of Jungian individuation, the process of opening up to one's unconsciousness.


My partner bought this classic for himself on Kindle last year I think, or possibly the year before? Because our accounts are linked I can borrow Demian and the novel will count as D for my Alphabet Soup challenge as well as being one for the Classics Club challenge.
I enjoyed reading another Hermann Hesse novel, Rosshalde, in 2016 so I am fairly confident I will like this one as well.

10 comments:

  1. Neat about the illusion world and I do enjoy coming of age stories. Hope you enjoy it, Stephanie.

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    1. I liked the ideas, but the style is very much 'of its time'!

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  2. I have never heard of this book but it sounds wonderful! I hope you enjoy it, Stephanie Jane.

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    1. I think it was a fashionable read in the past and I did appreciate some of Hesse's ideas, but loathed the lead character!

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  3. Hope you enjoy it! I like the idea of reading a book quickly after showcasing it-wish I could do that!

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    1. I'm having to be strict about reading them, but seeing the TBR pile shrink is good motivation. I've now been able to pull books from storage into the sitting room bookcase and am rediscovering ones I'd totally forgotten I owned!

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    1. It's almost an early example of dreamscape fantasy, but with a lot of religious pondering

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