The Magic Mountain

The Magic Mountain

Book - 2005
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With this dizzyingly rich novel of ideas, Thomas Mann rose to the front ranks of the great modern novelists, winning the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1929. The Magic Mountain takes place in an exclusive tuberculosis sanatorium in the Swiss Alps–a community devoted to sickness that serves as a fictional microcosm for Europe in the days before the First World War. To this hermetic and otherworldly realm comes Hans Castorp, an "ordinary young man" who arrives for a short visit and ends up staying for seven years, during which he succumbs both to the lure of eros and to the intoxication of ideas.
Publisher: New York : Everyman's Library, 2005.
ISBN: 9781400044214
1400044219
Call Number: MANN
Characteristics: xxxiii, 854 p. ; 22 cm
Subjects: Sanatoriums -- Fiction.
Germany -- Fiction.
Additional Contributors: Woods, John E. (John Edwin)

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candlesticktroughs
Aug 14, 2019

" 'Get Back, Honkey Cat; living in the city isn't where it's at: / it's like, trying to find gold, inna' silver mine..../' He took the instrument from its case, examined it and walked restlessly with it back and forth in the room a few times. His heart was beating fast and strong. He looked out through the open door to the balcony, then moved in the direction of the hall door, with the idea of looking in on Joachi, but then gave that up and stood there again beside the table. He now cleared his throat to see just how hollow his voice sounded. He then coughed. 'Yes, I do need to see if I have a little fever with my cold,' he said and quickly stuck the thermometer in his mouth, the mercury tip under his tongue, the glass tube jutting up at an angle from one corner, his lips tucked tightly around it to keep air out. Then he looked at his wristwatch---it was 9:36. And he began to wait for seven minutes to pass./ 'Not one second too many,' he thought,'or too few. You can depend silent sister, like that girl Settembrini was talking about. . .. Ottilie Kneifer.' And he walked around the room, keeping the thermometer clamped tightly under his tongue."

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rameshn116
Jun 21, 2017

A brilliant work of art , most great authors give us a magnificent display of their beliefs and philosophy but Mann shows us a brilliant debate between two conflicting schools of thought and like all great works, leaves us with more questions than answers .

alleycat Mar 19, 2008

Sweet reading ... if you can persist with this masterpiece right through to completion, you're in for a real treat. One of my favourite books of all time, this one translated by John Woods is new and has been critically acclaimed as being closer to the essence of Mann's German prose than the original English translation that came out while the author was still living. Taking place in a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps, young Hans Castorp arrives for a short visit and ends up staying for seven years.

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