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The book takes place in an imaginary state called Castalia in Europe centuries ahead in the future where every other aspect of social life is kept to a bare minimum, and the importance of the glass bead game is above all. To play the game, one needs years of wisdom and experience in arts, science, and life in itself.
What makes this book stand out?
Being a futuristic tale from someone who deals a lot with historical culture.
Read it for
Hesse’s brilliant use of allegory to depict spiritual elevation in the form of a hierarchy in a secret and complex game.
Don't read it for
Its surrealism might be too much for those looking for true philosophical themes.