Well what shall I say? Never made it to the top of the Magic Mountain and I really really did try hard, I promise. But in the end I didn’t have enough energy and after a short break, panting heavily and very tired I descended. Maybe I’ll try again some time, but I’m not 100% sure.
There were definitely beautiful sentences here, the atmosphere is quite magic, but I had problems with the lethargic sleepy mood in the book, I felt I needed to check into a sanatorium myself quite soon, I was sure I could observe the first signs of tuberculosis and mentally prepared to join the guys in their resting cure to never leave again …
Did anybody else think of the song „Hotel California“ while reading it? I’m sure there are a lot of very indignant people who feel I should be ashamed for not finishing one of Germany’s literary masterpieces and I do feel ashamed but hey there is still a chance for Mr. Mann & I – I’ve got „Die Buddenbrooks“ waiting here, so maybe I can still celebrate conquering mount Mann at some stage in my life 😉
Even though I didn’t finish „The Magic Mountain“ I really enjoyed the wonderful exhibition that was at Literaturhaus at the time I was reading it and I’ve written about it here, if you wanna check it out:
Which literary mountain did you have to give up on and will you try again?