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“Could there be a more blissful state than to lose oneself in such a sight and be
present only in its presence? I should have liked to hold my breath the whole time
; not out of fear of losing sight of her face, but for fear of undeceiving her belief ...
But not only shall we not stop at the disgust aroused in us by the sight of misery.
Just as little must we dwell on the desire which the image of the beautiful inspires
; this too being more than image, although the temptation of the senses to take it ...
And we, who know what a sight awaited him there! We must accompany him
through the audience hall where he walked all unconscious; and through the
vestibule where still he was unaware; then finally down into the mother-cell. Now
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LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - polutropos - LibraryThing
Few pages, leaving the reader with much to think about. What is attraction? What is beauty? What is the role of love and lust in a relationship? What is, ultimately, morality? Written with a light, humorous touch, the book is unforgettable. Vollständige Rezension lesen
LibraryThing ReviewNutzerbericht - fieldnotes - LibraryThing
This folkloric, Hindu-light treatment of desire, loyalty and identity lacks the craft, gravity and heft of other Thomas Mann novels. His few prose outbursts in description of beauty or deity seem ... Vollständige Rezension lesen
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