Trove: Find and get Australian resources. Books, images, historic newspapers, maps, archives and more. Jakob von Gunten has ratings and reviews. Gaurav said: Jakob von GuntenRobert WalserJakob von Gunten dissects the remote and vulnerable regi.. . Among Walser’s works available in English are Berlin Stories and Jakob von Gunten (both available as NYRB classics), Thirty Poems, The Walk, The Tanners, .

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He details his classmates and accomplishes a self-portrait in the process. He doesn’t need his brother telling him this simple truth but he gracefully listens to his sibling attentively and with respect, and continues on with their conversation. I think everything, everything is frail, everything must needs tremble like worms — April 19, The entire book is a parade of seeming contradictions.

To live is what matters, then the observation happens of its own accord. But his world is alien too. I respect it for its singularity As noted by all who have a brush with it, a very peculiar book, stylistically really out-of-nowhere for its time.

Jakob von Gunten

A bad, bad place to be Or perhaps my reading was too spread out for such a short book, keeping me from really losing myself in this. I am numb towards this novel. Dec 14, Stephen P added it Shelves: View all 9 comments. How does one begin to write even an on-the-fly review of such a novel, one that should be experienced as a series of deceptively simple vignettes in the young life of the titular character and be relished as Walser carries one along with Jakob’s singular voice?


Coetzee’s review should give you all there is to know about the Swiss-German writer, and even about this work. Rideva di gusto quando ennglish leggeva ad alta voce ai suoi amici.

Let it all dream, let it all sleep. Retrieved from ” https: I’ve routinely found that I write, with a certain vehemence, on an idea tunten to explore the opposite with the same ferocity a few months, sometimes days later.

Oct 15, Jimmy rated it it was amazing Shelves: Gli insegnanti non ci sono e se ci sono dormono, per cui gli alunni devono essere capaci di insegnarsi da soli “come deve comportarsi un ragazzo”. As suggested by Sartre in Being and Nothingess – one has to get rid of his projections to reach to the core of being where from the true existence of a person emanates.

His father has a car and horse at his disposal and his mother has her own box at the theatre. He visits his brother. As a new pupil Jakob is tested by the headmaster. Being myself a rather serious poet I have to admit I love the way this title Jakob Von Gunten rolls off my tongue. The smell of wet grass, the sound of cows tearing green stalks, rain on your face, the wind in engpish ears.

Mar 30, Vipassana rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Jakob Von Gunten es un muchacho enamorado e ilusionado de la vida, tanto de la vida mundana y material, como gumten la vida no mundana, un tanto espiritual. Walser’s eponymous narrator has left home we don’t know why and has enrolled himself in a school for servants.


Both books have an interesting twist on who’s got the power and who submits. Yes, he has a brother. Herr Benjamenta asked me what Fon wanted.

As a young man Walser enrolled himself in a servant training school similar to the one in this book and he lived his last years in a mental institution though speculation seems to be that he wasn’t actually mentally unstable to such a degree that would warrant this.

Or is he saying that nobility of the soul is a sham? View all 5 comments. At that he fell silent and read newspapers. If this book has any value at all, then that value can only be conveyed through means that the book itself disparages. Midway through the book Jakob runs into his brother who happens to be living in the same city the Benjamenta Institute is located in.

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Jakob von Gunten offers the opposite of such pleasures. Jakob runs away from home in order to escape the overbearing shadow of his father, an alderman. Full review to come.