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Beneath the Wheel by Hermann Hesse
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May 11, 11

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Recommended to Erik by: no one
Recommended for: Hesse fans
Read in June, 1971, read count: 1

This is only Hesse's second novel and not his best. It is somewhat autobiographical and, like many of the author's novels, is a tale of a young man's disillusionment, rebellion and self-discovery. My notes on the book from the time of reading summarize it as follows: "Raised without a mother and crushed by the ordered, competitive, masculine world's expectations. The destruction of a young spirit."
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Mohit Parikh Hey Erik,
Would you know of novelists beside Huxley and Hesse who explore Eastern philosophy in literature? Characters who struggle with *duality* so to speak?


Erik Graff Thomas Mann. His Transposed Heads.


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Mohit Parikh Looks good. Thanks.
By the way, have you seen the movie 'Mindwalk'? The book description reminded of it and I couldn't help mentioning it. The movie is based on Capra's The Turning Point and is a conversation between a poet, a physicist and a politician on the need to move on from Cartesian Philosophy and adopt a non-reductionist systems thinking approach, in all academic fields.


Erik Graff No, I haven't.


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