Beneath The Wheel

Paperback | July 31, 2003

byHermann Hesse

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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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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 crus...

Format:PaperbackDimensions:192 pages, 8.26 × 5.48 × 0.49 inPublished:July 31, 2003Publisher:Picador USALanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:031242230X

ISBN - 13:9780312422301

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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"