This is one of Hesse's most well-known works that differs stylistically from his other works like Siddartha, Narcissus and Goldmund, etc. Steppenwolf is written in a more complex manner, sometimes requiring the reader to reread passages or read very closely throughout the whole book. The story and the themes are typical of Hesse; human exploration, psychology, self-discovery are all important ideas. A wonderful book, well written. Great for fans of Hesse, not necessarily the best book of Hesse's to read, if you have not read any of his other works.