©1925 Fischer Verlag; ©1965 Harper and Row, Publishers, Incorprated; ©1948 Holt, Rinehart & Winston, Inc. (Introduction); (P)2008 BBC Audiobooks America
We listened to Demian on a long car journey. It is a very dense, complex piece of writing...but we greatly enjoyed it! We still have a few chapters left, and we tried to listen to it on the hifi at home but it's the type of story that works best in the car - just you in the pod with the narrator! It would make a good companion on a long flight, for example. The introduction, giving biographical information about Hesse, was also useful. I'd remembered him from school (Siddhartha) but didn't know much about his life. The story of Demian is interesting, because the path it's going to follow isn't obvious. The imagery and characterisations are well-drawn, I think - certainly I have pictures in my head as the narrator relates the story (I hasten to add that I am the passenger in the car!). In short, it's worth investing the time in Demian.
This book is a guide and a journey in which you will re-discover yourself, beliefs, religion, and maturity..
No doubt this book must be read more than once through your life...
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