The Magic Mountain Book Review Summary

Detailed Plot Synopsis of The Magic Mountain

Hans Castorp goes to visit his cousin in a TB sanatorium and ends up staying there a long, long time. He becomes embroiled in a struggle for his soul between several men who personify the intellectual currents in Europe before the First World War. He suffers unrequited love for a woman in the sanatorium but his sexuality remains ambiguous.
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Chapter Analysis of The Magic Mountain

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Plot & Themes

Tone of book?    -   thoughtful Time/era of story    -   1900-1920's Romance/Romance Problems    -   Yes Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   general liberal/left wing activism    -   religious issues Internal struggle/realization?    -   Yes Struggle over    -   conduct in war    -   midlife crisis Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Outside culture (society)    -   European Battle with a psychiatrist    -   Yes Ethnic/regional/gender life    -   Yes Taboo sex story?    -   Yes Brain/Body disability?    -   physical disability

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   wealthy Age:    -   40's-50's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   German


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   4 () Europe    -   Yes European country:    -   Switzerland Misc setting    -   resort/hotel

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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