Beneath the Wheel: A Novel

Beneath the Wheel: A Novel

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In Hermann Hesse's Beneath the Wheel, Hans Giebernath lives among the dull and respectable townsfolk of a sleepy Black Forest village. When he is discovered to be an exceptionally gifted student, the entire community presses him onto a path of serious scholarship. Hans dutifully follows the regimen of study and endless examinations, his success rewarded only with more crushing assignments. When Hans befriends a rebellious young poet, he begins to imagine other possibilities outside the narrowly circumscribed world of the academy. Finally sent home after a nervous breakdown, Hans is revived by nature and romance, and vows never to return to the gray conformity of the academic system.

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ISBN-13: 9780312422301
Publisher: Picador
Publication date: 07/01/2003
Edition description: First Edition
Pages: 192
Sales rank: 389,669
Product dimensions: 5.64(w) x 8.27(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

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.

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Beneath the Wheel 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
BooksForDinner on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hesse takes on parents' expectations and education without personal growth in this early novel of his. There is a little of Hesse's life in every one of his novels. Great as all of his works are.
RajivC on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I had not heard of this book by Hesse, and I stumbled on this by accident. It is quite a brilliant book. You go along with the short life of the young hero, from the point where he is selected to go to the university, his friendship, his falling out with the "establishment"; his nervous breakdown and eventual death. The writing is very low key, and there are parts that I can sympathise and identify with. While the writing style is low key, I recognise the malaise that still afflicts us today, how the "system" can break you down unless you know how to play ir, or unless you rebel. Rebellion, however, is not normally encouraged..
brianinbuffalo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The blurb on the book's back cover describes this work as the "touchstone" in Hesse's "lifelong examination of the conflict between self-affirmation and self-destruction." But the promotional blurb doesn't really do the book justice. It's also a touching and insightful tale of a young man's struggle to find his place in society. Most readers will undoubtedly find some twists in Hans Giebenrath's personal odyssey oddly familiar. The story moves along at a nice clip, introducing credible characters in situations that are as relevant today as they were a century ago.
katie.ann on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Hesse's lyrical yet uncomplicated language (even in translation) provides a sensitive and beautiful examination of nature's triumphant reclamation of a failed academic. A heartbreaking and humane study of archetypes set against a brilliantly rendered landscape, this is a dark and gentle story inviting patience and reflection. Excellent.
DbMcCoy More than 1 year ago
Beneath the Wheel should be required reading for anyone going into education.
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Although not one of Hesse's best stories, Beneath the Wheele offers a true pleasure in reading. He is a vivid and poetic writer that it makes the reader place the the events in the background and just to enjoy the words beautifully sown together. You can expect the story flow similar to Hesse's Demian.