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At such moments something gives human life a shake, guntn one feels vividly how nothing one is. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

He aspires and ascribes himself to different forms of historical glory. Ya no hay nada bello ni excelente. A really beautiful phrase — but the idea behind it, though attractive, with a little reflection seems obviously wrong. Feb 12, Kimley rated it it was amazing Shelves: I think everything, everything is frail, everything must needs tremble like worms — April 19, We tortured each other for about seventy pages and I gave up before it did.

Jakob se ne fa beffa, e se ne va da solo a zonzo. Un narratore a cui ci si affeziona, di poche parole con gli altri ma un fiume in piena quando scrive il suo diario. Which in this case, is: Proviene de una familia acomodada pero en un acto de renuncia decide ingresar a una escuela para sirvientes, servir es la vida.

We engllish very little here, there is a shortage of teachers, and we boys from the Institute Benjamenta will never come to much, that is, we will all be something very small and subordinate in later life. Walser’s prose is a dance rather than a walk through words, small dialogue eenglish in Jakob’s monologues vibrate back and forth. Perhaps there is a very very commonplace person inside me. Much better than I can do, of course. Jan 17, Bilal Y. Immediately, the protagonist notices that there isn’t much instruction, not much activity at all.


Jakob mimics the behaviour hakob society: Midway through the book Jakob runs into his brother who happens to be living in the same city the Benjamenta Institute is located in. Perlmann set the book aside. View all 4 comments. Robert Walser trained at a school for servants and even spent some time as a butler. He is probably pulling the reader’s leg too, with sleight of hand sentences like I liked the subtle sarcasm and clever wordplay in this novel, things I myself like to trot out, although likely without the attendant adjectives.

There is one fellow in particular I have noticed over the last few years who bought a shitty cabin right on the lake down the same road from our own place who seems to think quite highly of himself. Feb 05, knig rated it it was amazing Shelves: Therefore I love so deeply every compulsion, because it allows me to take joy in what is illicit. The New York Review of Books. Tell me, do you know how to dream? At first he rebels, walks into his office and demands his money back, resenting the poor quality of the education.

I’ll simply let it come. Was it a coming of age story? Written by Robert Walser, as quoted by J.

Jakob von Gunten

Gnuten tells the story of a seventeen-year-old runaway from an old family who enrolls in a sch The Swiss writer Robert Walser is one of the quiet geniuses of twentieth-century literature.


But victory is bittersweet because at the end Jakob is still back in the real world. And if you don’t get yourself through the entire book you never get to the part when Jakob says, ” This is an awkward message for a writer to pull off, because a writer is precisely someone who reflects on and analyses their experiences. You have to read it. The mumbling of a grumbler is lovelier to me than the murmuring of a woodland stream.

Through torrents of undercurrents. The law which commands, the discipline which compels, and the many unmerciful rules which give us a direction and give us good taste: He knows in any case that he is being made to look small.

Jakob von Gunten comes englidh a well-off family. I despise my capacity for thinking. A pedantic, didactic, sanctimonious upstart, Jakob strangely combines arrogance and humility; an un-sleeping accurate dreamer who banters drowsing map of his routine activities.

I told him shyly that I wanted to be his pupil. This entire novel, then, is a study of contrast, and undercurrent. May 08, Will rated it it was amazing Shelves: But what of the early Modernists. And there is another quote I pulled that is also quite remarkable, at least in my eyes, and how it pertains to most literature being written today.

That is, in all my waiting, though I too know that life is, in general, a waiting game.