Narcissus and Goldmund Book Summary and Study Guide

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This novel, set in the middle ages, follows the lives of two close friends whose lives take them on differing paths. Narcissus is the devoutly spiritual monk. He values his self-reflective cloistered life of scholarly study and worship. He is neither willing nor wanting to venture from the regimented and ordered life in the monastery. His best friend, Goldmund is restless with his life so he sets out to wander the world and to find meaning in the physical world. He is a talented artist and a lover of beautiful women. Initially, he finds that traveling and exploring are what he wants out of life. After many years of empty love affairs, unfulfilling career pursuits, and a near fatal illness, he returns to the friend he knows will always love him, Narcissus.
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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   very sensitive (sigh) Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   nature of existence (heavy philosophy) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   religious figure Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   German


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   8 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Germany

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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