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Also available as: Not in United States? Choose your country's store to see books available for download. Harry Haller is a sad and lonely figure, a reclusive intellectual for whom life holds no joy. He struggles to reconcile the wild primeval wolf and the rational man within himself without surrendering to the bourgeois values he despises. His life changes dramatically when he meets a woman who is his opposite, the carefree and elusive Hermine. The tale of the Steppenwolf culminates in the surreal Magic Theater—for mad men only.
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For international deliveries we will hold your order until we can send you all your items at once. But then it just became boring and repetitive. If you can slog through it, I'm certain that you will find some thought provoking things, but I kept falling asleep. To anyone who is awake in this sleeping world, to anyone ready to pull himself out of the matrix and look honestly at the duelistically craziness of our lives..
You must be ready to understand that we humans are in fleeting moments strangers in a strange Land and in this world but not of it.
Harry is an older introverted loner who is unhealthy in mind and body. Inwardly, he struggles with the duality of his nature, his public civilized awkward self and his private wolfish impulses, which he feels he must contain. He dwells about war and the superficial nature of society and vows to commit suicide to put an end to his misery but is frustrated at his own cowardice.
He soon meets Hermine, whom he feels truly understands him, and they make a bargain.
She will teach him to live and he will help her die. Like dreams, these experiences are symbolic and profound and revelatory. This is a book to ponder. I will admit I'm a bit biased. Hesse is my favorite author of all time.
I was expecting the sort of ho-hum experience one gets when exploring an author's "juvenalia" with this novella. I was pleasantly surprised to find the same sort of beautifully articulated, troubled, brooding situation that the young protagonist finds himself in, as what we see in Hesse's later and greater works.
The abiding theme of the book, to my mind, is the way in which unbridled, vain and worldly ambition can and will destroy the most sensitive and capable of individuals. This is certainly a theme that recurs in Hesse.
As this book demonstrates, however, this destructive ambition is not necessarily something that is naturally ingrained in a given life, but is most commonly found and destructive in those who thoughtlessly impress it and its ilk upon the lives of the young and the gifted.
The title "Beneath the Wheel" takes on a wide range of meanings in light of this reading, and also in light of the fact that it is stolen from a phrase uttered by the protagonist Hans' consummately vain schoolmaster. In this latter context, it takes the form of a caution against Hans' devoted affections to his piously defiant friend Herman Heilner.
In regards to this friendship, the Schoolmaster warns Hans that he is risking "falling beneath the wheel. Herman Heilner, who is an obvious projection of Herman Hesse's persona into the world of the novella itself, is an avant-garde school mate who is constantly questioning everything that is common and banal about the education he and Hans share in an elite, German State run academy. Interestingly, Hesse does not overtly project himself into the protagonist in this novella, but the thinly veiled allusion to himself in the person of Heilner seems telling in this regard.
It renders the book into a counterfactual autobiography, I believe, of what might have happened had Hesse himself not succeeded, in some sense, in his own revolt against the canons of conformism, as Heilner is essentially a more liberated, authentic and free-spirited double of Hans in some sense. As per usual, Hesse's brilliant phenomenological-poetic and psychological descriptions of the patterns of human experience saturate this book, particularly as it approaches its tragic ending.
The problems dealt with, in this vein, range from the discovery of love and sexuality to maturation to the inherent impossibility of leading an authentic life, as well as the folly of refusing to at least make a good faith effort at doing so.
Hesse's descriptions of these things are not abstract, but characteristically concrete and visceral, as his protagonist delves into the deliciously dark, poignant and penetrating account of his own decline and demise. On that note, the one thing that disappointed me was that little Hans did in fact die.
For him to drown so suddenly, after starting on a path as a manual laborer that might have redeemed his life, seems a little forced, and almost an easy way out for the author. The poignant words and affections of the pious Mr. Flaig to Hans' bewildered and provincial father at the end, however, offer a pointed and satisfying closure to the tale.
Even though Flaig is a backwards pietist, someone scorned as an ignoramus by his town for believing in the literal truth of Scripture, he is the only one who is human enough to console Hans' father. He is also the only one, strangely, who is enlightened enough to point out the charade that took place at the funeral. At the funeral, the most ambitious men who influenced Hans' life both presided and spoke their eloquent elegies. As Flaig comments, however, each of these men also walked away in what was perhaps a willful, horrific ignorance of their share in the responsibility for poor Hans' plight: See all reviews.
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