The Magic Mountain

 

Hans Castorp is ‘a flawlessly normal, if drawing in young fellow’ when he goes to visit his cousin in a select sanatorium in the Swiss Alps. What ought to have been a three-week trip transforms into a seven-year remain. Hans experiences passionate feelings and winds up noticeably inebriated with the thoughts he hears at the facility – thoughts which will strain and split separated in a world very nearly the First World War.