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Steppenwolf is a novel by Hermann Hesse originally published in Germany in 1927. It is a mix of autobiography and psychoanalysis, as well as a critical view of the intellectual hypocrisy of the period.
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  • Lauren Jenkins
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "This is a good solution to the topic. This is a well known book that has some great reviews. While it may or may not be the most influential books of the 20th century is to be determined by person to person. This does seem like a good solution."
  • Silvia Vera
    Written on March 8, 2018
    "this is my favorite part Hesse's searching philosophy and extraordinary sense of humanity as he tells of the humanization of a middle-aged misanthrope. I would read because it have philosophy "
  • Ananya Kapur
    Written on February 23, 2018
    "Steppenwolf is an interesting read on the history of psychiatry. I read it for a bit to kill time on a trip but I couldn't finish."
  • Jose Mendez
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse is an enjoyable read. As an introvert and someone who frequently questions the world, I was really able to relate to the main character Harry Haller. Hesse has a witty writing style which is really thought-provoking."
  • Lauren Morrison
    Written on April 12, 2018
    "Hesse's original classic is one that can change your life, and help you learn to be a more introspective and self-critical person. I highly recommend it to anyone who hasn't read it yet. Truly one of Western literature's greatest philosophical narratives."
  • Jose Delgado
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I fell in love with the novels of Hermann Hesse as a high school student, at least as far as I was able to understand them. One of the elements I was most immediately attracted to back then was the prominent theme of alienation from the modern world. Hesse's focus in Steppenwolf, and his depiction of a moody, intelligent, searching young man, left a lasting impression on me, and may do the same for you. "
  • Kelly Barrett
    Written on April 22, 2018
    "A good book a someone that has a great imagination and can bury your thoughts into the book."
  • Billy Phillips
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I think a Hermann Hesse novel is a reasonable choice for selecting a best book with a title starting with r, s, or t. However, I am lukewarm on this being the choice of Hesse's works to be included. Essentially, like many of Hesse's works, Steppenwolf is a novel describing the spiritual journey of a human trying to reconcile varying and conflicting characteristics of the self. In this particular book, the focus is often on the conflicts presented when the wild, natural part of the human character meets the artificial, rational aspect. Discovery follows, but it isn't easy. My lukewarm rating is not so much a reflection on Hermann Hesse, but rather knowledge of another Hesse candidate work, Siddhartha, which I think would be a better entry in this category. Siddhartha has many of the same themes of Steppenwolf, plus it incorporates a good deal of Hesse's interest in Asian and Buddhist thinking. "
  • William Hopkins
    Written on May 18, 2018
    "Hesse wrote this book partly to tell about his life, but also to analyze his problems. It's a stunning narrative about a particularly bad era of German history. It's still very valid in today's chaotic world."
  • Carolyn Hill
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "This is one of the great classics in my eyes. It is a story I would recommend all reading at some point."
  • Walter Carr
    Written on February 17, 2018
    "Steppenwolf is an amazing Novel and journey back in time. It provides a very engaging story about a man who believed himself to be half wolf. It touches upon self examination and is one of the best books I have ever read. I would reccomend it to anyone!"
  • Gregory Peters
    Written on April 13, 2018
    "I think one of my favorite absurdist fiction books is Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse. It has a mix of a couple different things and talks about the hypocrisy of that time period. It's a really good read and I would recommend it. "
  • Carolyn Salazar
    Written on May 12, 2018
    "Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse is a true classic. Published way back when in 1927, Hesse delivers a captivating tale of philosophical introspection and asceticism. While not a light read by any means, it is still intriguing and a definite read for fans of psychoanalyst material. "
    Harry Spencer
    Written on May 10, 2018
    "I picked up this book because it was on Ian Curtis's list and it turned out to be okay. It was a little stereotypical but it took a turn towards the end that surprised me. "
    Henry Walsh
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "This might be where the band got the name. This old classic gives a good look at the old way and it's flaws. A fun read!"
  • Gloria Edwards
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "A true classic and one that I have read a few times and like to make my son read."
  • Tyler Wilson
    Written on April 28, 2018
    "Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse is almost 100 years old but is still pretty relevant in today's society. It's part autobiography and part analysis of intellectual hypocrisy of the 1920s. It's an exploration of how blind ambition can alter who we are as human beings."
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  • Paul Medina
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Not sure if this really relates the the topic. Not sure what the connection is between Joachim Scholl and the solution however the book itself isnt that great anyway."
  • Ishan Pillai
    Written on April 20, 2018
    "Such an inspirational book. If you are curious about learning more about Steppenwolf, then this is the book to read!"
  • Estela Ordoñez
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "While this book is incredible, and one could make a case for the lead character being autistic most certainly... that is not what this book is about. It is never mentioned within the text, and it isn't even really implied. If I were his psychoanalyst, however, I'd put him on the spectrum."
  • Samuel Russell
    Written on April 14, 2018
    "a strange but good read"
  • Susan Barrett
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This is one of the strangest books that I have ever read. I don't feel like it's really written for people like me. The main character is a loner and introvert who uses drugs and often masks that with euphemisms. If you feel like you are part of the counterculture or against the flow so to speak then I believe that this book would be for you. It's definitely very interesting and anti current culture but it wasn't for me."
  • Debra Torres
    Written on April 29, 2018
    "Wanting to learn about Germany. This book does just that. "
  • Edward Sanchez
    Written on April 23, 2018
    "A good story written in the Hesse style many are drawn to, but not one of his best. Worthwhile for Hesse fans."
  • Stephen Romero
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "Hesse is a great author and I really enjoyed this book. I bought it for a flight and couldn't put it down. It really speaks to my inner introvert."
  • Randy Bryant
    Written on May 2, 2018
  • Jerry Carlson
    Written on April 18, 2018
    "I enjoyed reading this book. It was interesting to learn about the story."
  • Andrew Pierce
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "This book definitely has a sense of mystery and interest to it. Reading it makes me come off as someone who's a little more cultured and interesting as well. The only complaint is that it's fictional, and something non-fiction might make me seem even smarter - but that wouldn't be as fun to read!"
    Dorothy Wallace
    Written on April 26, 2018
    "I think this probably does fit into what I am looking for. The solution does do a nice job of giving me something different that seems to touch on a lot of things. Overall I do like this and think it's a good solution."
  • Kelly Hill
    Written on April 19, 2018
    "Steppenwolf seems like a magical tale. Who knows where the twist and turns of this story will lead you!"
  • Andrea Pierce
    Written on April 25, 2018
    "I just finished reading Steppenwolf and I really enjoyed the book. It is thought-provoking, philosophical and touching all at the same time. I found the book very interesting and it kept me entertained the whole way through. "

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