Beneath the Wheel

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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 ...

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Overview

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.

A prodigy achieves academic distinction at great physical and spiritual cost.

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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

Ralph Freedman
One of the defining spirits of our century.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312422301
  • Publisher: Picador
  • Publication date: 7/1/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 366,414
  • Product dimensions: 5.72 (w) x 7.95 (h) x 0.54 (d)

Meet 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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  • Posted July 18, 2012

    Beneath the Wheel should be required reading for anyone going in

    Beneath the Wheel should be required reading for anyone going into education.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 1, 2005

    wonderful words

    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.

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