by Hermann Hesse

Die drei Geschichten aus dem Leben des Landstreichers Knulp, einem Nachfahren von Eichendorffs Taugenichts, zählen zu den reizvollsten Stücken der frühen Prosa Hermann Hesses. In der Folge seiner Werke gehören sie zum großen Zyklus seiner Gerbersau-Erzählungen, der uns das Leben in einer schwäbischen Kleinstadt um die Jahrhundertwende am Beispiel zahlreicher charakteristischer und größtenteils authentischer Einzelschicksale überliefert.

  • Language: German
  • Category: Fiction
  • Rating: 3.85
  • Pages: 136
  • Isbn10: 3518380710
  • Isbn13: 9783518380710

What People Think about "Knulp"

Hesse is the author I feel I should grow out of but never do - Ive loved him ever since I read Journey to the East as a teenager. POSTSCRIPT: I gave this to my girlfriend to read and she loved it!

The old friend he knew him when he was free, smiles pulling down all the girl heartsleeves, music like the best song you only ever once. So the father who loves his kids and they have the inner grace that's so lucky to envy Knulp without taking anything away. It already meant a lot to me that the tanner was so happy to hear him again. It meant a lot to me to see the youth on the tanner's wife, once upon a time a maid in an inn. Maybe they would look for Knulp out of the window instead of the end of a long winter. His friend of "recollections" recognizes in him on waking what will be a good day for Knulp. This happens to Knulp a lot and I felt this too. The three parts felt to me this understanding of what could have gone right (and wrong, but not wrong, if you think about it). You know how his friends were happy to see him again, as if they knew him and he wasn't the stranger tramp he appeared to be? What if there was a time he didn't know how to get to the lucky part? It meant a lot to me the way he gave to people without knowing he was giving them anything. Besides what Knulp talks about his life out loud and his friend says he knew what it was to miss.... I knew how the friend felt when Knulp was talking about the things he had thought privately to himself. He wanted him to go on more than anything, maybe you could reach that alive almost then, and Knulp would already be restlessly moving away. (I loved that Knulp was begrudging in his center of the world childish longing that his doctor friend be the adoring twelve year old boy again so that he could be where he could remember he was happy.

Anyway, I take the help of Hesse himself and try to present my impressions of the book in this so called review. Hesse exhorts everyone to find the meaning for his/her own life and that can be very liberating. Finally: This short novel is about a person, a vagabond who thought his life had no meaning at all.

In the second tale from the life of Knulp the narrator says "Knulp sang beautifully, and even if the words didn't always make sense, the tune was lovely and that was enough." Knulp's songs are a metaphor for the character himself.

There is also a Hermann Hesse prize associated with the city of Karlsruhe, Germany.