Demian is an amazing book by Hermann Hesse. I picked it up because I remembered Siddhartha and had no clue what to check out. Very thankful that I got it. Same top notch level, similar spiritual journeys. Reading it is a mind trip, after getting off the train, had to be careful to snap out of some of the characters before coming to work. Talked about focusing one’s will. Self-discovery, change. Journey’s through life and figuring out paths. The dreams, paintings, Cain, everything. Serious trip. Really worth reading. I love how it starts and goes through all these stages we can all really relate too, I couldn’t figure out where and when it takes place, but my guess would be Europe before WWI or WWII but it doesn’t really matter, it’s just as applicable to here and now. It’s strange how the past few months could have so many parallel’s with this book. Demian makes you look inside and wonder and wander, makes you look at power structures and will-power (and goal setting). Although not in those terms. Very cool. A must for the start of one’s journey.
I picked up Jacob’s Hands at the library soon after starting training. Late Julyish? Took the MUNI down 26th to get some household items at the Chinese stores. Walked into the library with a broom and a bamboo mat. Gotta love it.
I had no idea what to get, so tried to think back to some authors I liked. In the end I got Huxley’s (and Isherwood’s) Jacob’s Hands, Hesse’s Demian, and some random modern poetry book.
Started the next day off with Jacob’s Hands. It’s perfect commute reading. Neat little book. Asks questions about healing. Well the book itself doesn’t, but it makes you wonder about them.
What if you could cure just about any disease with your hands. Would you? It’s not that simple. What if you knew that by making someone healthy, he’d become a different person, one not so nice or kind? What about all your little quirks and such, do you really want to be healed? Are there some things you want for comfort, sympathy, and excuses? Again, seeing what cancer can do, it’s really not that easy. The book is written super short and super simple, but it can make you think.