Review: Hermann Hesse’s “Gertrude”

by writereaderly

Gertrude only makes an appearance about halfway through, but she sure is a heartbreaker. Mr Kohn is crippled at music school, makes friends with Heinrich Muoth the opera singer, and composes him into a leading duet and (and himself into due heartache) with the beautiful Gertrude. It’s absorbing and tormenting at the same time: it’s painful to read of others trapped in the throes of self-destructive passion. Not a bad read, gives you a glimpse of early Hesse warming up to his own later ideas.

Where it came from: KT’s Bookshelf
Time & manner of reading: Slow start but then pretty good
Where it went to: Home
Reminds me of:
Who I’d recommend it to: Quite a good read; give it a try
Also reading: The Heart of the Matter by Graham Greene; The Plumed Serpent by D.H. Lawrence; The Reivers by William Faulkner

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