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What the community says about Steppenwolf
- "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. "
- "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. "
- "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. ""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. "
- "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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- "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."
- "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."
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- "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!"