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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But this man’s snobbishness is quite interesting to me and it is amazing to me how people can get these inflated ideas about themselves. Dec 17, Nora Dillonovich rated it it was amazing Shelves: As noted by all who have a brush with it, a very peculiar book, stylistically really out-of-nowhere for its time. 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?

One may get caught up with a strange feeling of irresoluteness about the book, it may take time to sink in. I’m sorry, everybody who told me to read this. The book consists of his reflections on the education he receives in the school—an education in humility.

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Jakob, already knowing that all of us begin a zero, and after hard work, luck, or deceit one begins to make something of oneself, but no matter what, we all remain a zero regardless. The first three decades of the previous century. There are certainly those who do. Nothing can excite me so deeply as the sight and smell of what is good and just, Jacob tells us before revealing that: A later poem by Walser sums it up; I would wish it on no one to be me.


Viktoria LyonsMichael Fitzgerald Limited preview – And that was something I kept waiting for, just how important the relationship would become. View all 10 comments. For all their rules and regulations and daily routines, there’s also something freeing and comforting in that.

Certamente non ha ancora mai pensato alla vita, e a che scopo, del resto? Tell me, do you know how to dream? If one thinks, one resists, and that is always so ugly and ruinous to things. As much as I love literature, I have always felt that it has the tendency to mislead and subsequently create victims of society. There is more hidden life in opening a door than in asking a question. What a lot of talk! He precariously juggles opposing ideas, leading one to wonder – Is he sincere?

Yet, again I am faced with that nagging doubt. 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.

To know so much, to have seen so much, and To say nothing, just about nothing View all 3 comments. He explores the implications of his statement and sees the flip side of attaching an inordinate value to time. Thus I value the way in which I bunten a door. Each relationship is a refractory thread which opens up a new window of waltenshuung.

Midway through the book Jakob runs into his brother who happens to be living in the same city the Benjamenta Institute is located in. To say goodbye, and to have it said to me is terrible. All the while the owners of the institute confide in him as their own grasp on life loosens and slips.

Jakob von Gunten

Or was it rather something utterly ancient, as ancient as the stories of the Englosh Testament. Those who can trust Jakob. Walser created the world of dreams here, he gave himself the things he lacked in the real world. And because we all look so charmingly barbered and parted, we all look alike, which would be a huge joke for any writer, for example, if he came on a visit to study us in our glory and littleness.


How is this done? And it is indeed possible that Jakob might one day accept his principal’s seemingly loving, if not sexual, advances. I do think there’s a certain attraction to institutions.

englosh I would wish it on no one to be me. Dalloway is on it, as is the protagonist of The Tunten Wallpaper. Jakob von Gunten, by Robert Walser. I respect it for its singularity of vision, yet oddly didn’t enjoy it exactly.

Mar 30, Vipassana rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: This is an awkward message for a writer to pull off, because a writer is precisely someone who reflects on and analyses their experiences.

Walser’s eponymous narrator has left home we don’t know why and has enrolled himself in a school for servants. I know I have produced some cringe-worthy reviews lately, but I have been in jakoob cringe-worthy state of mind with some unruly fingers to top it off, so there goes another one.

Jakob von Gunten by Robert Walser

I arrived a windbag writer, but left like a Herr Benjamenta. Written by Robert Walser, as quoted by J. Attention all Holden Caulfield haters.