The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann, H. T. Lowe-Porter

By Thomas Mann, H. T. Lowe-Porter

With this dizzyingly wealthy novel of principles, Thomas Mann rose to front ranks of the nice sleek novelists, profitable the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1929. The Magic Mountain happens in an specific tuberculosis clinic within the Swiss Alps–a neighborhood dedicated to disorder that serves as a fictional microcosm for Europe within the days earlier than the 1st international conflict. To this airtight and otherworldly realm comes Hans Castorp, an “ordinary younger man” who arrives for a brief stopover at and finally ends up staying for seven years, within which he succumbs either to the trap of eros and to the intoxication of ideas.

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I asked. They seemed too tired to think, let alone answer, but Homer reacted. He showed more enthusiasm than I’d seen from him in twenty-four hours. He got out one side and I got out the other. The lambs stood there sheepishly. Yes they did, sheepishly, and I’m not going to change it. Now Robyn and Lee started to get excited as they contemplated the thought of a good meal. None of us are vegetarians – being a vegetarian is a capital offence in our part of the world. We grabbed the lambs and up-ended them, found some cord and tied their legs, then somehow cleared space for them in the back of the car.

This was our natural environment. I felt as much at home here as the possums and wombats and galahs. Let no stranger intrude here, no invader trespass. This was ours, and this we would defend. 43 Chapter Five I was feeling pretty unusual, walking back across the paddocks. I imagined a huge shadow of me was moving across the sky, attached to me, and keeping pace with my little body on the earth. It scared me, really scared me, but I couldn’t escape it. It loomed over me, a silent dark creature growing out of my feet.

Since the invasion I’d had to reach for courage many times. Surprisingly to myself, it had always been there, even if sometimes I’d had to dredge deeply, even if sometimes there hadn’t been much left to draw on. 27 Now I just leaned weakly against the door, my head pressed into it. That was not a smart thing to do, not quite as bad as yelling cooee or going for rides in the wheelchairs, but not far off it. Lee put his arm around me and I turned and buried my head in his chest. I didn’t cry, but I was grateful for his strong hold and his silent understanding.

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