Book :: The Glass Bead Game

The Glass Bead Game
By: Hermann Hesse
Pages: 558
Published: 1943
Genre(s): Germany
Science Fiction
Award(s): Nobel Prize in Literature (1946)
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In the remote Kingdom of Castalia, the scholars of the Twenty Third century play the Glass Bead Game. The elaborately coded game is a fusion of all human knowledge - of maths, music, philosophy, science, and art. Intrigued as a school boy, Joseph Knecht becomes consumed with mastering the game as an adult. As Knecht fulfils his life-long quest he must contend with unexpected dilemmas and the...

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Portia Portia

Jun 22nd, 2018

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normally this is not the type of book I enjoy---and the beginning almost made me give up---but I thoroughly enjoyed this life's journey!!!!!

Apr 30th, 2018

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Jun 9th, 2015

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