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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Just as The Walk and The Assistant offer microcosmic and often claustrophobic scenes that suggest their application to society and culture at large, so, eglish, does Jakob von Gunten. Later, however, the headmaster wants to kiss Jakob. He finds himself attracted to the formal routine and even romantic mystery behind being told what to do and yet he also can be very manipulative of the brother and sister who run the institute, who themselves become attached to Jakob and get confused as to whether they are in control or not.

In fact Jacob, the narrator, speaks constantly in paradoxes: Jakob laughs when others are uncomfortable! Feb 06, David rated it it was ok Shelves: Jakob runs away from home in order to escape the overbearing shadow of his father, an alderman.

A Gift Or a Curse? The other book being Leonora Carrington’s The Hearing Trumpet which had a certain resonance with this book despite being significantly different.


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And then, after englizh few pages, there came a passage that felt like a slap in the face: A bad, bad place to be Here’s the cover of the Vintage Books trade paperback I have pages. Up to this point Jakob had not really been avoiding his older brother, he just wasn’t that interested in seeing him.

Jakob von Gunten

The book demands constant attention of the reader, for sometimes it may occur as jaokb condensed interior monologue and during other, it may simple be a mystical tale created out of contradiction and juxtaposition of words. You have to read it. At the back of my edition I find a schematic overview of Walser’s biograph I would wish it on no one to be me. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. If this book has any value at all, then jako value can only be conveyed through means that the book itself disparages.

Sly and knowing people are to me an unspeakable abomination. At first jakb rebels, walks into his office and demands his money back, resenting the poor quality of the education. I call these authors perceptive, yet I can’t let go of the idea that their bubble of perception and mine overlap sufficiently for me to believe so.

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Walser based the novel on his own experiences: On the journey he had been on the point of opening it, but every time he had felt a strange, inexplicable horror that got in the way of his curiosity.


And yet forcing, imposing himself on others. I really, really hated this book. In this case an ongoing inner guntem in first person diary form of a precocious teen stuck in an odd school where little to nothing is taught except to perfect the art of obeying.

Selected pages Title Page. A later poem by Walser sums it up; I would englisb it on no one to be me. 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”. I provoke the frowning law to anger a little, afterwards I make the effort to pacify it.

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For my part, those spots that spoil his looks would not prevent me from kissing him, if it was necessary. Should we attempt to exert some control on life or submit to its ebb and flow? But he doesn’t mean to harm anyone! It is quite possible that the principal Herr Benjamenta is indeed in love with little Jakob. Este universo que Robert Walser crea tiene nombre: