"The Glass Bead Game" is so full of thoughts. I first loved it for it's freemasonic ideas, the scholarly touch, the way a world was created in my mind. Later for the impressingly drawn picture of an interaction between system and individual. Towards the end of Knechts life for the calm, relaxing, maze-like structure of the book, seeing it as a glass bead game itself. The final, indian story left the next remarkable impression on me– after all that contemplation, Maya seems so much more painful than ever before. The longing for solitude and pure awareness seemed to become my own.
My mind went all this way with the protagonist, the biographer and the system of Castalia – this book leaves me a bit richer in paths of thinking, or so I hope.