Hermann Hesse - The Glass Bead Game - Katherine Teh-White recommended reading
The Glass Bead Game
The Glass Bead Game is an ultra-aesthetic game which is played by the scholars, creamed off in childhood and nurtured in elite schools, in the province of Castalia. The Master of the Glass Bead Game, Joseph Knecht, holds the most exalted office in Castalia. He personifies the detachment, serenity and aesthetic vision which reward a life dedicated to perfection of the intellect. But can, indeed should, man live isolated from hunger, family, children, women, in a perfect world where passions are tamed by meditation, where academic discipline and order are paramount? This is Herman Hesse’s great novel. It is a major contribution to contemporary philosophic literature and has a powerful vision of universality, the inner unity of man’s cultural ideals and his search for personal perfection and social responsibility.
Recommended reading from Katherine Teh-White
I think every young professional should read it as the novel follows the experience of a person’s human development. It starts off with a person, Joseph Knecht, who is incredibly smart but whom has difficulties with dealing with emotions, the story focuses on how he comes to terms with being intelligent whilst being emotional.