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  1. Jakob von GuntenRobert WalserJakob von Gunten dissects the remote and vulnerable regions of human brain, the dramatic tensions between the fluctuating demons of inner self and the savage realities of outer world carves out an enigmatic reality which pierces your heart and thrusts yourself through the crests and troughs of an assorted compendium of human emotions. Written during a period which transformed German fiction, when refined, compact elementary forms of prose were taking shape, when pros [...]

  2. As I was reading through Jakob von Gunten I wondered what genre it belonged to. Was it some kind of memoir? Was it a coming of age story? Was it a love story? Was it perhaps something totally new, a genre I'd never met before? Or was it rather something utterly ancient, as ancient as the stories of the Old Testament. Ancient, yes, that was the predominant feeling I was left with at the end, though the writing has nothing biblical about it whatsoever being extremely lighthearted and jolly in tone [...]

  3. So this weekend I was in the UK, spending some time with my Dad who is temporarily based there. My Saturday was planned; I had father/daughter time scheduled for the morning, I’d sourced some vintage shops for the afternoon and I was meeting friends in the evening. Best of all, I had just enough free time at lunch to finish Jakob Von Gunten, alone, in peace, with no distractions. My work phone was off and I didn’t have to check my emails all weekend. A rare thing indeed. There was a decent p [...]

  4. Imagine the school scenes from Gormenghast rewritten by Kafka and you'll have a good idea of the atmosphere of Jakob von Gunten, a short and stodgy philosophical fable of a very Germanic kind. It's easy to see why Kafka and Hesse were such fans; I wasn't quite so convinced, although I can understand why so many people love it.The novel consists of a journal written by the title character, who has enrolled in a school for servants (based on Walser's own experience at a valet school in Berlin). Th [...]

  5. Quite an oddity; it took me a while to decide whether I liked it or not; it’s quite abstract and the protagonist isn’t someone that I would immediately warm to. The novel is written in the first person. Jakob is from a good family, with money and possibly titled who decides to go to the big city (Berlin) and join a school for servants (much as Walser did) called the Benjamenta Institute. The only teaching members we meet are the Principal and his sister.The book is in diary form and consists [...]

  6. Jakob von Gunten / Robert Walser | Un libro cada día - ow/wd61z Siento que la vida exige emociones, no reflexiones.Sí, sin duda existe en el mundo eso que llaman progreso, pero no es sino una de las numerosas mentiras divulgadas por los hombres de negocios para poderle exprimir dinero a la masa con mayor cinismo y desparpajo. La masa es el esclavo de nuestro tiempo, y el individuo, el esclavo de la grandiosa idea de masa. Ya no hay nada bello ni excelente. Lo bello, lo bueno y lo justo has de [...]

  7. I would wish it on no one to be me.Only I am capable of bearing myself.To know so much, to have seen so much, andTo say nothing, just about nothing.Written by Robert Walser, as quoted by J.M. Coetzee in The Genius of Robert Walser-----------------------------------------------------Those dates there at the top of this review tell me that I took an inexplicable two and a half weeks to read this novella of a mere 164 pages. At the back of my edition I find a schematic overview of Walser's biograph [...]

  8. Jakob von Gunten è uno di quei libri la cui capacità di suggerire interpretazioni è infinita. è il romanzo preferito di Kafka, che lo leggeva ridendo di gusto ai suoi amici, e uno dei più misteriosi libri che abbia mai letto. la storia è quella di un giovane discendente di una famiglia aristocratica che arriva in un istituto dove si insegna l'umiltà e la sottomissione. solo chi riuscirà a sottomettersi nel maggior grado di purezza, a essere uno "zero rotondo come una palla" riuscirà ad [...]

  9. Jakob Von Gunten is a metaphor of learning in the school of life…“We pupils all know, one as well as the next, that timidity is a punishable offence. Whoever stutters and shows fear is exposed to the scorn of our Fraulein, but we must be small, and we must know, know precisely, that we are nothing big. The law which commands, the discipline which compels, and the many unmerciful rules which give us a direction and give us good taste: that is the big thing, not us pupils. Well, everyone feels [...]

  10. Chris Middleton does such a proficient job in my introduction honing in on the mysterium, journal element, and subtle ribbing tone of Jakob, that for a moment I think I am left with nothing to say. Luckily,I am not one to succumb to silence even in those circumstances : or, to be perfectly precise, I seem to always have something to say even when I don’t. For better or worse. This entire novel, then, is a study of contrast, and undercurrent. Seeming levity of tone belies a violent clash of dic [...]

  11. I really, really hated this book. Jakob von Gunten (the character) is the most dull, fey, irritating, and obtuse example of a first-person narrator I have yet encountered in my literary sojourns. I wanted to track him down and to bludgeon him to death.

  12. How does one begin to write even an on-the-fly review of such a novel, one that should be experienced as a series of deceptively simple vignettes in the young life of the titular character and be relished as Walser carries one along with Jakob's singular voice? Jakob von Gunten is also a difficult novel from which to quote given how the reader manages to catch small glimpses of how the narrative voice will develop and evolve, something that this reviewer would not wish to ruin for any future rea [...]

  13. Franz Kafka amava molto le opere dello scrittore svizzero Robert Walser. Rideva di gusto quando le leggeva ad alta voce ai suoi amici. “Jakob von Gunten”, uscito nel 1909, era uno dei suoi romanzi preferiti. E’ un condensato di saggezza e ironia, un piccolo gioiello ricco di pensieri sull’inutilità di questi stessi pensieri. “A che servono a un uomo i pensieri e le idee, se ha la sensazione di non saper cosa farsene?”L’enigmatico Jakob racconta in prima persona, in forma di diario [...]

  14. I've been thinking a lot about institutions/institutional living lately due to having recently finished two books back-to-back where the primary action takes place in one. The other book being Leonora Carrington's The Hearing Trumpet which had a certain resonance with this book despite being significantly different. Neither has quite the traditional take on institutions, a word that, for me, tends to conjure up images of Jack Nicholson in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest. Both books have an inter [...]

  15. “Ubbidiamo senza riflettere”(1909)- Jacob Von Gunten è un giovane di nobili origini che scappa di casa e si iscrivere all'Istituto Benjamenta, una scuola preparatoria per domestici.”Qui s’impara ben poco, c’è mancanza di insegnanti, e noi ragazzi dell’Istituto Benjamenta non riusciremo a nulla, in altre parole, nella nostra vita futura saremo tutti qualcosa di molto piccolo e subordinato. L’insegnamento che ci viene impartito consiste sostanzialmente nell'inculcarci pazienza e ub [...]

  16. When I see a painting in a gallery or museum I avoid at all costs the name of the artist until I have experienced and been impacted by the work itself. It is a task in self discipline not to peek at the plate where the artist’s name is engraved waiting to create swathes of widening black bordered edges, its brushed strokes leaving my preconceived ideas, my self imposed biases, concerning the artist, the genre, the…the…shrinking and distorting of the painting out of its context, paling beyo [...]

  17. Bayanlar baylar, eğer müsaade ederseniz, sizleri Jakob Von Gunten ile tanıştırmak istiyorum. Bir çocuk, bir öğrenci Jakob. Onun hakkında çok şey söylenebilir ama kısa keseceğim. İnsana ait çok şeyi kendinde barındırmış. Onun iyiliğini, kötülüğünü, tembelliğini, şımarıklığını, küstahlığını, kibrini uzun uzun anlatabilirim ama buna gerek yok. Bunun yerine onu ele veren kendi cümlelerinden bir kaçını ve onunla nasıl tanış olduğumuzdan bahsedeceğim.O [...]

  18. One day I shall be laid low by a stroke, and then everything, all these confusions, this longing, this unknowing, all this, the gratitude and ingratitude, this telling lies and self-deception, this thinking that one knows and yet never knowing anything, will come to an end. But I want to live, no matter what.(I am numb towards this novel. Such is presently immune to interpretation. Okay I checked: no response)Walser's novel exudes a refined decadence. There are echoes of uproar and decay along t [...]

  19. I liked the subtle sarcasm and clever wordplay in this novel, things I myself like to trot out, although likely without the attendant adjectives. Walser's eponymous narrator has left home (we don't know why) and has enrolled himself in a school for servants. He writes of his days there in a kind of diary. Jakob engages in some leg-pulling with the principal, the instructress and at least one of his fellow students. He is probably pulling the reader's leg too, with sleight of hand sentences like [...]

  20. IN ATTESA DI VIVEREPesantezza e ottusità delle regole e delle forme al fine di preparare degli automi o dei mediocri, questo quanto a cui si sottopone di propria iniziativa il protagonista di questo bel romanzo di formazione, dalle tinte un po’ sbiadite e malinconiche. Eppure Jakob sembra mantenere la lucidità, con testardaggine e imperturbabilità, come a dire posso concedervi tutto il mio io esteriore ma non avrete mai la mia anima, subendo punizioni sciocche che, vissute con irridente dis [...]

  21. heeded a thankfully persistent whisper of walser walser walser and fell hard. i'd heard the gossipy parts: how kafka dug him, how he lived his final years in a madhouse, how he died on a long walk in the snow, how he wrote in a pencilled hand so small that people thought it was a secret code but it wasn't--it was just very very small.i'd tried THE ASSISTANT, which is recently translated but earlier walser and could see the charm, but i was prejudiced against how its proto-modern style took too l [...]

  22. This could be Gregor Samsa's uneasy dream that fateful night Kafka wrote Die Verwandlung in 1912. He had already read Jakob von Gunten in 1909. There is a relevant entry in his diary. "Jakob von Gunten, ein gutes Buch" Inception?

  23. Το βιβλίο αυτό το γλυκοκοιτούσα εδώ και αρκετό καιρό, κάθε φορά που πήγαινα σε Πολιτεία/Πρωτοπορία, αλλά πάντα κάτι άλλο με κράταγε μακριά του. Πριν δυο μέρες, όμως, αποφάσισα να το αγοράσω τελικά και μετά να το διαβάσω άμεσα. Σε τέτοιες καταστάσεις, χρειάζεται μια κάποια απο [...]

  24. There are a few authors I trust. Their constant prodding as words flow, keeps me in a state of mild excitement. Not too much to throw me into a tizzy and not too little that I may slip into ennui. 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. With that nagging thought, Jakob von Gunten's ambivalence is reassuring. Jakob, with his bourgeois intellect, enters the Benjamenta Institute and soon cont [...]

  25. No pasa muchas veces, pero en ocasiones sucede que te cruzas, más o menos por azar, con un libro que no tenías pensado leer, pero en un impulso irracional decides darle una oportunidad, aunque en realidad no estás esperando mucho de él, pero luego empiezas e, inesperadamente, ya en la primera página te das cuenta de que este libro va a ser uno de tus favoritos por lo que te resta de vida. Esto me ha pasado con el ‘Jakob von Gunten’ de Robert Walser.Tengo que confesar que tampoco ha sido [...]

  26. Walser'la bir şeyi daha net anladım, hem de kesinkes: Sağlam ve iyi bir edebiyat yapmak için alengirli cümlelere, ne dediği belli olmayan, gizemli kalıp ve ifadelere hiç ama hiç gerek yok. En iyi edebiyatı en iyi edebiyat yapan karakterlerin yaşamın ta ortasına değen ayaklarının güçlülüğü ve bir o kadar da hayatın tamamen yabancısı ve nefret edicisi olmalarıdır. Dostoyevski'yi Dostoyevski yapan Walser'ı Walser yapan, Kafka'yı da Kafka yapan da budur Okurken (ki 2. ki [...]

  27. An imaginative, deceptively simple book. One becomes almost suspicious of the narrator half-way. It's nice that there is no plot (just beautiful prose-poem-like passages) until close to the end. But the last 20 pages is where the actual plot lies (by that time you're lulled into the strangely lit mood-world so convincingly that it really affects you). I loved the quiet humor of this book, and the slightly uncomfortable feeling I get from it.

  28. msarki.tumblr/post/5501700The publisher claims this German work Jakob von Gunten as Robert Walser's finest work. Other reviewers speak of the wondrous language and how the title character Jakob reminds them of Holden Caulfield, among others. For those of you who may not be privy to this person, Holden was the famous character in J.D. Salinger's novel, The Catcher in the Rye. I didn't get that same reaction reading this book. Jakob was young like Holden, and sort of cheeky and intelligent, but I [...]

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