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A remarkable mixture of affection, gentle humor, compassion, light irony, bitterness, and cold, angry indignation. (The Sacramento Bee)
Can be read for sheer pleasure. Hesse's peculiarly supple lyricism, his brittle irony, and his stunning descriptions of nature are marvelously carried over into the English. (The Saturday Review)
[A] Black Forest Catcher in the Rye, a work infused with that sense of homesickness that Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., quite rightly said was so prominent in Hesse's novels. (The National Observer)
Hermann Hesse was born in Germany in 1877 and later became a citizen of Switzerland. As a Western man profoundly affected by the mysticism of Eastern thought, he wrote novels, stories, and essays bearing a vital spiritual force that has captured the imagination and loyalty of many generations of readers. His works include Steppenwolf, Narcissus and Goldmund, and The Glass Bead Game. He was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946. Hermann Hesse died in 1962.
This is a story about a kid, Hans Giebernath, who gets pushed into higher academics and testing instead of being allowed to flourish on his own. Read morePublished on Jan. 2 2002 by Marc Schaub
This is a story about the faults of education and how they push gifted kids too hard. In an effort to maximize their intellectual talents they leave out expression of soul and of... Read morePublished on June 11 2001
This is a well-written book, very personal as all of Hesse's works are, but suffers from a rather underdeveloped writing style -- understandable since it was written so early in... Read morePublished on May 31 2000
I couldn't have read this book at a better time. Like a lot of American high-schoolers in the "fast track" to college, I was feeling way overworked. Read morePublished on May 19 2000 by Andrew M. Schirmer
Having been a long time Hermann Hesse fan, I was more than pleasantly surprised by Beaneth the Wheel - the story of early conflict between fitting into and earning respect in a... Read morePublished on Feb. 13 2000 by T. Lansing
A well-told story of a teenager who is a bit different than the rest, and how this and the forces around him shape his tragic destiny. I enjoyed reading it. Read morePublished on Aug. 19 1999
Hesse's thinly veiled autobiographical work presages hos own battle with mental illness. An important volume in the Hesse canon which tells us much about the workings of the... Read morePublished on Jan. 27 1999 by ARoth57@aol.com
In this book plenty of sensibility and, sometimes, hardness Hesse show us the negative consequences of some educative systems, which are efficient for success at expense of... Read morePublished on Oct. 13 1998