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    steppenwolf

    has anyone read this?

    i picked it up yesterday and bought it based on the authors intro. if you've read it, what were your thoughts?

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    I think it was attempt on Hesse's part to portray the crisis within an individual who is undergoing a battle between his better nature and his "animalistic" urges
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    Apparently Hesse says it's not about that at all

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    Where does Hesse say it's not about that at all?
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    I've picked this one up too. It's still in my to-read pile, so I can't really comment yet.
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    I picked one up in Borders before they shut down. It has a "Design it yourself" cover?!!!

    Anyway, I wanted to read it again because I read it when I was much younger and didn't understand it too well. Again, it is in my pile.

    I do like Hawkwind's song Steppenwolf base on the book. It quotes fom the text.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGb17_gTXho

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    I've nominated Steppenwolf for the March book club so I won't be reading it until then. Care to join me? (tries to sound not too desperately in need of extra votes )
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    I read Steppenwolf a couple of years ago, and while it is a fascinating book, it is far from being Hesse's best work. I found it to be basically a book about the battle that goes on within an individual.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheFifthElement View Post
    I've nominated Steppenwolf for the March book club so I won't be reading it until then. Care to join me? (tries to sound not too desperately in need of extra votes )
    Yes, everyone. Let's vote this one for the march book club read and we can discuss it.
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    Ok. I'm up for that. I've got a gazillion books to read from Christmas, so it'll give me an excuse to start it.

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    I think it was attempt on Hesse's part to portray the crisis within an individual who is undergoing a battle between his better nature and his "animalistic" urges

    That seems to be one obvious interpretation... and certainly a valid one regardless of what the author says. The artist is quite often not the best one to analyze his or her own work. I personally found the book to be a great read... merging elements of German Expressionism and Surrealism, Hesse was certainly attempting to confront the Modern world in which he felt the traditional narrative forms were no longer fully adequate. My personal favorites by Hesse are the Glass Bead Game and Narcissus and Goldmund, but Steppenwolf would not be far behind.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jermac View Post
    Where does Hesse say it's not about that at all?


    introduction.

    He says that it is his most misunderstood work to date because it is not about a mans inner struggle, it is in fact, about healing.

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    Just a reminder that this book is nominated for the March 10 book club read and it needs more votes! Please register your vote here: http://www.online-literature.com/for...ad.php?t=49886

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    I read this a few years back and loved it.
    I'll vote for this choice, but I don't know just how active I'll be in the discussions (don't get here a lot these days).
    Good choice, btw!
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    ***Bump***

    Those that wish to read Steppenwolf can vote in the book club forum for the March read. Here:
    http://www.online-literature.com/for...ad.php?t=49886
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