Steppenwolf

Steppenwolf With its blend of Eastern mysticism and Western culture Hesses best known and most autobiographical work is one of literatures most poetic evocations of the souls journey to liberationHarry Haller is

  • Title: Steppenwolf
  • Author: Hermann Hesse
  • ISBN: 9780030853180
  • Page: 150
  • Format: Hardcover
  • With its blend of Eastern mysticism and Western culture, Hesses best known and most autobiographical work is one of literatures most poetic evocations of the souls journey to liberationHarry Haller is a sad and lonely figure, a reclusive intellectual for whom life holds no joy He struggles to reconcile the wild primeval wolf and the rational man within himself without surWith its blend of Eastern mysticism and Western culture, Hesses best known and most autobiographical work is one of literatures most poetic evocations of the souls journey to liberationHarry Haller is a sad and lonely figure, a reclusive intellectual for whom life holds no joy He struggles to reconcile the wild primeval wolf and the rational man within himself without surrendering to the bourgeois values he despises His life changes dramatically when he meets a woman who is his opposite, the carefree and elusive Hermine The tale of the Steppenwolf culminates in the surreal Magic TheaterFor Madmen Only Originally published in English in 1929, Steppenwolf s wisdom continues to speak to our souls and marks it as a classic of modern literature.

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    1. Although magic is usually not the subject of literary novels, even less so when magic involves hallucinogens, visions, dreams, and phantasmagoria, many literary novels are page-turners, filled with a compelling, straightforward storyline and lots of action; think of Our Mutual Friend and Crime and Punishment, think of Heart of Darkness and No Country for Old Men, or novels like The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo or The Spy Who Came in from the Cold. Hermann Hesse's novel Steppenwolf is a work of a [...]

    2. I read this book on a twenty four hour train journey surrounded by the bourgeois. It was a terrifying experience. The book didn't change my life and was not meant to, but it gave me hope and hope is always a good thing. The influence of Indian spirituality on this book is apparent, but Hesse chooses to dissect it using the prism of Western pessimism. He talks about the multiplicity of the self and the infinite potential associated with it, how we often choose to attach fanciful restrictions to t [...]

    3. Kurt Vonnegut, one of my literary heroes, said of Hermann Hesse’s novel Steppenwolf that is was “the most profound book about homesickness ever written”. Vonnegut also went on to describe how Hesse speaks to young readers, how he speaks to the essence of youth and offers hope.Like many readers, I first encountered Hesse as a young person, for me it was when I was in high school. Hesse’s illustration of isolation and being misunderstood spoke to me as a youth, as I imagine it has for many [...]

    4. Hermann Hesse’s words are timeless. Here they represent an entire disaffected generation, a generation who is on the cusp of radical change but still partly exists in the old world. They are out of space and out of time: they are lost within themselves. However, such things can aptly be applied to a number of individuals across the ages. And, for me, this is what made the novel so great. Through these pages Hesse evokes a character I have seen many times before across literature, but never bef [...]

    5. This novel:1. Initially reminded me very much of my own mental imbalances.2. Started to make me feel like I'd been had, and that it was, in fact, just pretentious, overly self-aware "me me me" wackoff shite.3. Redeemed itself (AND THE NARRATOR!) in the end with its exploration of drug-induced Jungian dreamscapes and subconscious mental states.4. Successfully summoned that strange emotion that I like to call "happysad." 5. Did not change my life forever, but did act like aloe on a sunburn for my [...]

    6. آنچه برای شخص من جنبه لذت اشراق و تعالی دارد چیزی است که مردم دنیا حداکثر آنرا در عالم ادبیات می جویند و دوست دارند، ولی درصحنه زندگی آنرا چیزی دیوانه وار تلقی می کنندو در واقع اگر حق با دنیا باشد، اگر حق با این موسیقی کافه ای، با این کِیف های دسته جمعی، با این مردم آمریکائی مآب [...]

    7. “There are always a few such people who demand the utmost of life and yet cannot come to terms with its stupidity and crudeness.” ― Hermann Hesse, Steppenwolf There is this bourgeoisie period in every man's life. A midpoint between birth and death where man is trapped alone. Unable to exist in the hot or cold of the absolutes he tries to find his way between the extremes in the comfortable center. Fearing life and death, he just |exists| barely. This is not a novel for the young. Just lik [...]

    8. Um. What the? What?What the hell did I just read? First third, BRILLIANT -- one of the most interesting bits of philosophical fiction I've ever read. Seriously. I was completely enthralled. Second third -- hard to believe that two people would ever actually have conversations such as these, but still engaging. Third third -- what the F*CK? No, really, what the f*ck? It was some sort of crazy funhouse reality blurring, whacked out Kubrick film. I don't know if I liked it or I hated it. My brain i [...]

    9. Likely the dumbest Important Book that I've read.Yeah, it's cool that the narrator thinks he's a werewolf, but is really just a recluse pseudo-academic--and then reads a manuscript that describes fake werewolves and outs them as poseurs. Cool, also, that the preface, by the manuscript's fictional finder and publisher, records the impression that the horrors of the middle ages were non-existent: "A man of the Middle Ages would detest the whole mode of our present day life as something far more th [...]

    10. Συγκλονιστικό έργο. Βαθιά φιλοσοφικό και ψυχολογικό. Σε πολλά του σημεία είδα τον εαυτό μου. Δεν ξέρω γιατί αλλά μου θύμισε πολύ έντονα την πρώτη φορά που διάβασα Καμύ και συγκεκριμένα την πτώση.Δεν έχω να γράψω κάτι, παρά να σας παραπέμψω στην κριτική της Ειρήνης που τα είπ [...]

    11. Half Bourgeois/Half Wolf"Steppenwolf" starts with a fascinating 20 page preface that places a more conventional perspective on the rest of the novel (which is quite radical, if not exactly nihilist).The unnamed first person narrator could be one of us. He purports to be "a middle class man, living a regular life, fond of work and punctuality, [as well as] an abstainer and non-smoker."He gets to know the Steppenwolf, Harry Haller, while they both rent furnished rooms in his aunt's apartment.He fi [...]

    12. Harry Haller fights a battle ever day against his animalistic nature, the Steppenwolf, the thing keeping him from fitting in with society. Will he conquer the Steppenwolf before it drives him to suicide?I'd toyed with the idea of paraphrasing the opening of the 1970's Incredible Hulk TV show but it felt disrespectful to a book of this power. Steppenwolf is one of the more thought-provoking books I've ever read. I lost count of the number of times I stopped and pondered my own Steppenwolfishness. [...]

    13. The Best Novel on the Intellectual Male's Midlife CrisisI might well have ridiculed this novel at 20, when I was unconquerable, infinite, the world my oyster. Thirty years on, having been through the process of disenchantment called life, and survived the tragic ends (de facto and de jure) of each chapter of my personal myth--the perfect job, a huge house, insane wealth, and adoration of both my looks and smarts--I find this novel profound.Hermann Hesse wrote this in his late 40s and I can see p [...]

    14. Solitude is independence. It had been my wish and with the years I had attained it. It was cold. Oh, cold enough! But it was also still, wonderfully still and vast like the cold stillness of space in which the stars revolve.I wrote a review a couple of weeks ago and I am still not sure about sharing it. It is too personal. This book is so close to my heart and my first review reflects that; a little too much. I mean, I didn't know what to expect and it blew me away. It is a fascinating work abou [...]

    15. I've read a few of Hesse's novels and I keep coming back to Steppenwolf time and time again. It's not as if books like Demian and Beneath the Wheel aren't worthwhile, either. It's just that there is something so grabbing and memorable about Steppenwolf. I was truly changed after I read this and I can't really say that for the majority of the books I've read.One thing I think Hesse was obsessed with a little is the duality of life-the light and the dark side. Steppenwolf takes you to some dark ca [...]

    16. Written at a time when his own life was in some disarray, while battling his inner demons through depression and being treated as an outcast because of anti-war/military views, it comes as no surprise to me that Hermann Hesse wrote 'Steppenwolf' more semi-autobiographical rather than a work of out and out fiction, but this only makes for a more heightened reading experience with elements of realism that keep things from falling into the realms of complete fantasy. So thus begins a mythical, phil [...]

    17. يتكرر الأمر بجنائزية مرعبة.ندفن شيئاً، نطمر أشياء.نقف مكتوفي الأيدي حيال الكثير.ولا نفقد الجاذبية التي تُجَمّع ذرّاتنا إلا في السر،حيث نثق أن لا أحد.ستبنوولفالقيوطذئب البراريذئب السهولرواية أو سيرة ذاتية أقرب ما تكون لقلب هيسه فقد لمحت ذلك وهو يصف الصور التي علّقها ذلك ال [...]

    18. Personality should be integral, some psychoanalysts suggest.Here we have an old, solitary and independent man ruminating upon his self, or his selves; a part human, and another one wolf-like.Is he alienated? Is it a midlife crisis? An existential one? Do those parts cooperate with each other? Or, are they set apart, conflicting? He just had a normal, gently-killing-time day. This is how the book introduces us to this character. One hot bath, some breathing exercises, some meditation,…old-books [...]

    19. Recomand acest roman tuturor celor care vor să descopere infernul dinlăuntrul lor.Mi-am propus de foarte multe ori să scriu o recenzie asupra romanului "Lupul de stepă" de Hesse. Mă obseda însă ideea că nu aș fi capabil, că nu aș putea spune tot ce aș vrea să spun, că n-aș găsi cuvintele necesare pentru a descrie această carte. Ieșind din aura ei și scriind DESPRE ea, mi-e frică de faptul că o să-i ciopârțesc valoarea (nu sunt deloc un bun sculptor). Poate cuvintele mele [...]

    20. 684. Der Steppenwolf = Steppenwolf, Herman Hesseعنوان: گرگ بیابان؛ نویسنده: هرمان هسه؛ انتشاراتیها: بنگاه ترجمه و نشر کتاب - اساطیر، ارغوان، فردوس، علمی فرهنگی، جامی؛ تاریخ نخستین خوانش: ماه ژوئن سال 1974 میلادیعنوان: گرگ بیابان؛ هرمان هسه؛ مترجم: کیکاووس جهانداری؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، بنگاه ترجمه و نش [...]

    21. Part 1: A relevant tabletop game (December 27, 2015): (view spoiler)[One of the tabletop (board/card) games I've played the most over the last couple of years (probably over 100 times) is One Night Ultimate Werewolf, which is in the category of social deduction games. Some of you may be familiar with Mafia, the pioneer game in the field conceived in the 80's. In the Werewolf versions that are popular nowadays, each person is dealt one character card at the beginning, which assigns them a role as [...]

    22. Ο Αριστοτέλης έλεγε πως για να ζήσει κανείς μόνος του πρέπει να είναι ή θηρίο ή θεός. Η μοναξιά είναι ανεξαρτησία σύμφωνα με τον Έσσε αλλά ας μην ξεχνάμε και τον Φρόυντ ο οποίος πίστευε ο πολιτισμός είναι η πηγή της δυστυχίας για τους ανθρώπους.Ο Έσσε λοιπόν μας δίνει ένα ψυχ [...]

    23. “Life is not an epic poem with heroic roles”But full of sheep and wolves, forming the human life. These wolves are not “Born to be wild”, but alienated for their hunger to findthe meaning in everything. For the sake of argument, I am going to singularize the pack of wolves to a single, certain wolf - STEPPENWOLF. And you are allowed to assume any arbitrary number of sheep and if required, a mama sheep can be also brought in for contentment and coziness. Well, Isn’t this how the stories [...]

    24. Now that I’ve reached middle age, I thought it was time to revisit that classic of earnest adolescent angst (despite the fact the novel’s hero is nearly 50 years old), Hermann Hesse’ Steppenwolf.I found the early sections of the book dull, flat, pretentious, and swimming in its own vanity. But the later sections corrected some of these faults, and made the book interesting and worth reading overall.My main problem with the early parts of Steppenwolf is that the novel is constantly tells us [...]

    25. "Ν'αγαπάς ιδεαλιστικά και τραγικά,ω ναι,φίλε μου,αυτό ξέρεις να το κάνεις άψογα,δεν αμφιβάλλω καθόλου,σου βγάζω το καπέλο.Τώρα θα μάθεις ν'αγαπάς και λίγο πιο συνηθισμένα και ανθρώπινα." Αυτό το βιβλίο με ανάγκασε να προβληματιστώ και να σταματήσω αρκετές φορές κατά τη διάρκ [...]

    26. Ο λύκος της στέπας γεννάει στον αναγνώστη αμέτρητα ερωτήματα ενώ δίνει πολύ λιγότερες ή λιγότερο ξεκάθαρες απαντήσεις. Θα πρέπει να ζούμε, ακολουθώντας τα κοινωνικά στερεότυπα και πρότυπα, την κοινή αντίληψη και λογική που θα μας οδηγήσουν σε μια συμβατική μεν αλλά λιγότε [...]

    27. _Steppenwolf_This is a great book. It really is. It is philosophical and spiritual and deep and it demands your attention while reading it. It is the kind of book that i would love and cherish and adore. But i could not connect with it. It seemed distant and i felt frustrated most of the time. I didn't have problems with it, it's just, I couldn't feel along with it. And on top of that, by the times i thought me and book started to communicate it started slipping away again. And again. And again. [...]

    28. Goodness what a delightfully interior novel this is, I had quite forgotten or more possibly never noticed. It was some years ago when I last read it, rather as Mark Twain allegedly said of his father, I find it much improved in the interim.Before I reread The Glass Bead Game I was weighing up which to return to first. I think this was the better way round at least for me, I had a feeling that Harry was in want of Castalia, or that the Castalian life was developed to avoid the development of Step [...]

    29. ‎دوستانِ گرانقدر، بدونِ تردید خواندنِ این کتاب میتواند کاری با ذهنِ شما انجام دهد که ساعت ها بر روی جملات و موضوع داستان و حتی استعاره های به کار رفته بیاندیشید <هرمان هسه> با خلاقیت و هنرمندی بسیار زیاد، این داستان را به نوعی نوشته است که شما نمی دانید آیا عناصر و شخصیت ها [...]

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