In this dizzyingly rich novel of ideas, Mann uses a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps--a community devoted exclusively to sickness--as a microcosm for Europe, which in the years before 1914 was already exhibiting the first symptoms of its own terminal irrationality. The Magic Mountain is a... read more
Hans Castorp graduates from his German University pre-WW1 and is about to begin his life of "German hard work" and other German values so instilled in him by his paternals. He first makes a visit to his cousin Joachim, who is a patient at a TB sanitoriam high on a mountain in the Swiss Alps. ... read more
Hans Castorp graduates from his German University pre-WW1 and is about to begin his life of "German hard work" and other German values so instilled in him by his paternals. He first makes a visit to his cousin Joachim, who is a patient at a TB sanitoriam high on a mountain in the Swiss Alps. During his visit, the doctor takes an x-ray of Hans' lungs and informs him that he has TB. Hans' plans for his future are squashed while he adjusts to life in the sanitoriam. He resides there for 7 years thinking and philosophising with other intellectual patients.
This is when the author presents the major themes of the novel- one of which is anti-fascism- which leads to controversy and exile for the author, Thomas Mann. Mann won the Nobel Prize for Literature for this novel.
“Consciousness, then, was simply a function of matter organized into life; a function that in higher manifestations turned upon its avatar and became an effort to explore and explain the phenomenon it displayed – a hopeful-hopeless project of life to achieve self-knowledge, nature in recoil – and vainly, in the even, since she cannot be resolved in knowledge, nor life, when all is said, listen to itself.”Hans Castorp
“En una palabra Hans Castorp no consideraba su relación muda con ese lánguido miembro de los habitantes de allá arriba más que como una aventura de vacaciones, que ante el tribunal de la razón -de su propia conciencia razonable-, no podía en modo alguno pretender ser aprobada.”
At the restaurant
About crystalnis & the two looks of his grandfather
At Tienappel familly & about the moral feeling of Hans Castorp
Raillery.The saint communion.Interrupted joy
A word moreover
Of course, a woman!
Satan is making disgraceing proposals
Digression over the time idea
Trying to talk in french
Waverings & reflections
Discussions at the table
A worry that grows. About the two grandparents & the walk with the boat in the twilight
The endless soup & the flashing revelation
"God, i can see!"
The mercury has whims
About God's empire & about salvation misunderstanded
Outbreak of anger & something else, very unpleasant
As a soldier & courageous
Walk on the beach
Vingt et un
The big stupidity
Profoundness of harmony
Doubt among the gravest
The big petulance
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