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First published in 1915, Knulp was Hesse's most popular book in the years before Demian. This is the first edition in English.

Knulp is an amiable vagabond who wanders from town to town, staying with friends who feed and shelter him. Consistently refusing to tie himself down to any trade, place, or person, he even deserts the companion who might be considered Hermann Hesse himself the summer they go tramping together.

Knulp's exile is blissful, gentle, self-absorbed. But hidden beneath the light surface of these "Tales from the Life of Knulp" is the conscience of an artist who suspects that his liberation is worthless, even immoral. As he lies dying in a snowstorm, Knulp has an interview with God in which he reproaches himself for his wasted life. But it is revealed to Knulp that the whole purpose of his life has been to bring "a little homseickness for freedom" into the lives of ordinary men.

Published: Macmillan Publishers on Jan 22, 2013
ISBN: 9781466835115
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Discovered that I had this by doing the cataloguing so read this. Touching story about a life you must live rather than the life you ought once you follow the path of love and feelings rather then duty. Also explores who is to say what is failure.Does so over three sections where we join Knulp at different times of his life. The perspective moves from 1st person to omnipotent in the final section. The prose is simple even poetic with lots of telling touches that build up the character(s) in the readers mindread more
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This one impressed me big time...A guy who's attracting thru his simplicity... nothing predictable in his life, a life spent on the street, wandering around, every night in a different house. Everywhere, people are amazed and treat well this soldier of fortune with such an out-of-ordinary personality. Knulp is one of a kind, a guy who knows how to get everybody on his side - and takes advantages on it. An empty world - without him.Reminded me of Eliade's 'The Snake' - but that guy was fascinating in a diabolic way...read more
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Discovered that I had this by doing the cataloguing so read this. Touching story about a life you must live rather than the life you ought once you follow the path of love and feelings rather then duty. Also explores who is to say what is failure.Does so over three sections where we join Knulp at different times of his life. The perspective moves from 1st person to omnipotent in the final section. The prose is simple even poetic with lots of telling touches that build up the character(s) in the readers mind
Is this review helpful? Yes | NoThank you for your feedback.
This one impressed me big time...A guy who's attracting thru his simplicity... nothing predictable in his life, a life spent on the street, wandering around, every night in a different house. Everywhere, people are amazed and treat well this soldier of fortune with such an out-of-ordinary personality. Knulp is one of a kind, a guy who knows how to get everybody on his side - and takes advantages on it. An empty world - without him.Reminded me of Eliade's 'The Snake' - but that guy was fascinating in a diabolic way...
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