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The Prodigy, originally dating from 1905, is Hermann Hesses's bitter indictment of conventional education. It is the story of Hans Giebenrath, the brilliant young son of provincial bourgeouis in southern Germany who becomes the first boy from his town to pass into a prestigious Protestant theological college. His spirit, however, is systematically broken by his parents and ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published August 1st 2011 by Peter Owen Publishers (first published 1906)
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Luca Szabo A teacher of Hans' (the protagonist of the novel) warns Hans, when he begins to neglect his schoolwork, that he is in danger of being "crushed beneath…moreA teacher of Hans' (the protagonist of the novel) warns Hans, when he begins to neglect his schoolwork, that he is in danger of being "crushed beneath the wheel," a metaphor for saying that if Hans does not apply himself robotically to his school work, he will suffer. Of course, the main concept of the novel is realizing the value of succeeding in a school compared to that of living soulfully and poetically, is inferior.(less)
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Lisa
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobels
Vintage Hesse!

Sad story about an ambitious boy who slowly breaks down when facing the pressure of the adult world. While showing the catastrophic effects of a rigid educational system and of excessive parental expectations, it also hints at the responsibility of the young to get to grips with life and not just give up and drift along.

As important and relevant now as when it was written!
Damien
Jul 03, 2007 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
It is not so much that it was a bad book, but it made me want to kill myself.
Thom Young
Jul 10, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're an educator, you need to read this book. It's unfortunate that today's education crushes the individual spirit and is more about bubbling scantrons. It's all about money by the testing companies, no wonder most americans are clueless about our nation's history. Years of watching reality television and American Gladiators I suppose. Hesse is the best writer ever in my opinion, just his use of description is amazing in itself. I love the ending of this book. It is sad and beautiful. Hess ...more
Raha
Jul 21, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
فوق العاده لطیف و زیبا بود...واقعا از خوندنش لذت بردم .وقتی به پایان کتاب رسیدم حس خیلی عجیب و گنگی داشتم.تنها نویسنده ای که من در گذشته بعد از پایان کتاب هاش چنین حسی رو تجربه کردم "هاروکی موراکامی" بوده....شباهت های زیادی بین کارهای این دو نویسنده دیدم و عجیب و بعید هم نیست اگر "موراکامی" تا حدودی از کارهای "هسه" الهام گرفته باشه

داستان کتاب روایت پسر نوجوانی است که هوش و استعدادی استثنائی دارد و این باعث می شود که پدر و معلمینش بی توجه به خواسته های کودکانه او همه ی وقت استراحت و تفریحش را از
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J.K. Grice
Oct 03, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Life lessons and a great protagonist occupy this second Hesse novel that I read, BENEATH THE WHEEL. Great book!
أحمد جابر

تحت العجلة، أولى رحلاتي مع هيرمان هسه، الفائز بنوبل 1946، تتحدث عن النظام التعليمي الظالم الذي يفرض نفسه على الطلاب، حيث يقيدهم ضمن حدود ما تريده المدرسة، وخاصة إن كانت دينية، فلا تدع لهم مجالاً للتعمق في الذات، أو الطبيعة، أو النهل من علوم الفلسفة، وهذا ما حدث عندما عارض المدير والمعلمون الطفل هيرمان هايلنر الذي كان يقرأ لهوميروس والشعر والفلسفة، مما أدى به إلى الهروب بعيداً.

البطل هنا، هانز، هو الضحية، حيث يتعرض لضغوطات عدة، من المجتمع والدين والمدرسة، ففي البداية، نجد المجتمع المحيط يضغط عليه
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huzeyfe
Sep 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hans'in hikayesini kucumsemek istemiyorum ama bizim donemde bircok cocugun, gencin yasadigi problemlerin benzerini yasadigi icin hikaye cok tanidik geldi. Onu enfes bir hikaye yapan ise Hesse'nin duru, akici ve etkileyici uslubu. Basit bir dille nasil da etkileyici bir kitap yazilabiliyormus onu goruyorsunuz.

Nacizane gorusum, isi egitim olan herkesin ve ailelerin mutlaka okumasi gereken bir kitap. Zira, cocuklarimiz ile ilgili beklentilere girerken, onlara belki de kaldiramayacaklari sorumlulukl
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Andy
Jul 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: mid-term finals freaks
Shelves: kool-imports
Underrated brilliance from Hesse about an insanely hard-working student who finally cracks like an egg and has to slow down and appreciate the world around him, even if it kills him. This kind of tale gets pretty trite very easily, but Hesse's Germanic Zen outlook defines existence in a marvelous and offbeat light.
Akemi G.
Sep 07, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-fiction
In Japan, this is one of the most popular title by this author, and like other teens who like reading, I read and loved it. It doesn't look very popular in the US . . . interesting.

A few other books I picked up in those days partly because my friends were reading them -- ah, the peer pressure! -- should I mention I was a top student? --were: The Sorrows of Young Werther, Strait is the Gate, Bonjour tristesse, short stories by Chekhov Anton . . . lovely assortment, isn't it? We didn't know the e
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Murat S. Dural
Nov 10, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mevzu Hermann Hesse olunca tarasız olmam düşünülemez. Can Yayınları'ndan çıkan "Çarkların Arasında" yine o esrik, hayal dozu yüksek, akışkan, lirik, kendinizi kurtaramadığınız, sizi sürükleyen anlatıya sahip. Kitap uçarcasına okunuyor. Hans'ın hayatı, çocukluğu ve gençliği bir dramın, hayat karşısında genç insanların yükseliş ve inişlerinin, sorunlarının ve aralarına sıkıştıkları çarkın küçük bir resmi. Hangimiz hangimize daha çok zorluk çıkarıyoruz, sistem mi? Yoksa aslında bizi koruması gereke ...more
SJ Loria
Nov 29, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This story showcases Hesse’s brilliant prose mixed with his thoughts on life, aging, and love. In a story centered around a bright, gifted, yet timid boy Hesse shows both sides of the spectrum, celebrating the pain and sorrow along with the joys and surprises of life. The boy’s tale is equally beautiful and tragic. He has extraordinary gifts that simply do not fit into the demanded “one narrow path” of life for small town German students at the time. Unfortunately, he is crushed beneath the whee ...more
Guillermo Gonca
Jun 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Esta fue la segunda novela escrita por Hermann Hesse, maestro del Bildungsroman o novela de iniciación. Aunque fue escrita en 1906, una época en la que la mayoría de los escritores jóvenes iniciaban la búsqueda de nuevos caminos literarios, nuestro autor prefiere guiarse por el sentido académico, escribiendo con una limpieza y claridad notables, propias del siglo anterior. En este breve y conciso libro no hay experimentos ni artificios que pudieran complicar su lectura. No obstante, contiene la ...more
Torsten
Oct 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
ტუბინგენში ჰესეს პატარა მუზეუმში ყოფნისას, გიდმა მკითხა, რომელია საქართველოში ჰესეს ყველაზე პოპულარული წიგნიო. "ტრამალის მგელი" - მეთქი ვუპასუხე. აი, იაპონიაში "Unterm Rad" ყველაზე მეტი იყიდება და ყველაზე მეტად უყვართ ახალგაზრდებსო. წიგნი აქამდე არ მქონდა წაკითხული , თუმცა ცხადია ვიცოდი მისი შინაარსი და არ გამკვირვებია, თუ რატომ უყვართ იაპონელ ახალგაზრდებს ეს პატარა წიგნი . იქ ყოფნისას, უნივერსიტეტისა და გამოცდების გადამკიდემ ვერ შევძელი წიგნი წამეკითხა, თუმცა კი შევიძინე .
დაახლოებით ერთი თვე
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Seth
May 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An English translation of my review can be found below.

Dieser Roman erinnerte mich daran, was ich schon in meiner Jugend an Hermann Hesse so verlockend fand. Er war ein wunderbarer Schriftsteller! Seine präzisen Beschreibungen sowohl des Innenlebens des unglücklichen Klosterschülers Hans Giebenrath wie der widersprüchlichen Schönheit der physischen Umwelt, in der er zu Grunde ging, sind außerordentlich. Die wunderschöne Sprache des Romans übt eine fast magische Wirkung auf den Leser aus.

„Unterm
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Perihan
Apr 21, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Aşırı zorlanmış olan bu küçük at,
şimdi yolun kıyısına uzanmıştı
ve kendisi dahil hiç kimseye artık bir yararı da yoktu..." (Çarklar Arasında, sayfa108)

Nasıl bir hikayeydi bu Hesse, yoksa yine kendini mi yazmıştın yoksa!
Okuduğum kitaplarında hep yaralı karakterin adı H. ile başlıyor.
Sanırım hepsinde de kendinden bir şeyler var.
Bir anne olarak bu kitaptan çok etkilenmiştim.
Evet abartmıyorum parlak zekalı bir çocuk Hans,başarılı iken herkes tarafından seviliyordu, sonrasında ise...
Hans'ın babası o
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Harith Alrashid
Oct 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
رواية حزينة لهرمان هسه الكاتب الكبير تعبر عن ازمة الطالب الموهوب او العبقري في انظمة التعليم القديمة والمتخلفة واظن ان هذه الازمة مازالت موجودة في مجتمعاتنا العربية فالضغوط الكبيرة التي تقع على هذا الطالب وعدم اعتبار انسانيته ورغباته وربما شهواته قد تؤدي الى انهيار هذا الطالب في النهاية
ابدع هرمان هسة في وصف شخصية الطالب وتطورها من طالب مهتم وطموح الى طالب الى ان يصل في النهاية الى مرحلة الاكتئاب والانهيار كما ابدع ايضا في وصف مرحلة المراهقة وازماتها وخاصة الاعجاب المتبادل بين الاصدقاء
Shaghayegh.l3
Jan 15, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
بعد از "دميان" هرمان هسه رو به تاثير گذار بودن ميشناسم . توصيفات و كندو كاو كردن روحيات ِ شخصيتاش انقدر واقعى و قابل لمسه كه شخصن منو منقلب ميكنه (منقلب براى اولين بار در جاى درست خود بكار برده شده :دى) .. پوچى و فكر و خيال و توى گذشته سير كردن .. آدم چقدر خودشو تو يه كتاب پيدا كنه خوبه ؟
Erik Graff
May 11, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Hesse fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: literature
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."
Bennard
from The Book Hooligan

"For he was aware that in the academy he would have to be even more ambitious if he wanted to outstrip his new fellow students. Why did he want to surpass them actually? He didn't really know himself." - Narrator

I was raised believing that education and blind respect for authority are two of the most important things that I child should value. I studied for the sake of moving on to the next level of education with a good school. At that time, academic growth was more valued
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Agir(آگِر)

چند سال قبل كه خودم دانش آموز دبيرستان بودم اين كتاب را امانت گرفتم ولي اون موقع نتوانستم بجز چند ورق چيزي بخوانم.
حتي فاجعه بزرگتر از اين ها هم بود فكر مي كردم اسم كتاب گرگ بيابان است.
چند روز قبل كه ياد طعم عجيب آن چند ورق افتادم بالاخره كتاب را خواندم.
بيشتر به اين فكر ميكردم كه اگر اين داستان را 10 سال قبل مي خواندم چه تاثيري روي زندگي ام مي گذاشت.
چون يك مقدار ناچيز انحراف در مسير در طول چندين سال بعد شايد كل مسير را عوض كند
هانس كودكي كه هنوز كودكي را خوب نچشيده،رداي بزرگان را به تنش كردند.
وي ن
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Dalia
رواية تشعر بواقعيتها رغما عنك من اسلوب الاهالى والمعلمين فى الضغط على ابنائهم من اجل تحصيل العلم والثقافة والتعلم وانكار اهمية ان يعيش الابناء اعمارهم الحقيقية وان يكون لهم اهتمامات اخرى غير المذاكرة وتحصيل العلم وتأثير هذا الضغط على الشخصيات والاهتمامات . وعندما يصبح كل اهتمامات المعلمين هو انتاج شخصيات متماثلة تحترم وتتقيد بالنظام ورغبات السلطات وان لايحيدوا عن النظام الموضوع لهم . ومن يخرج عن التعليمات ويكون مختلف يصبح منبوذا من المعلمين والمجتمع وحتى ممن يماثلونه فى السن.
Anastasja Kostic
Aug 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics, favorites
Zašto ova knjiga nije poznatija? Ja sam savim slučajno naletela na nju i ne mogu da vam opišem koliko mi je neizmerno drago da se to desilo.
Pedro
Oct 03, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Seré poeta o nada. Dijo Hesse cuando huyó del seminario.

Hesse, con un beso furtivo, transmite la duda implícita del adolescente; la camaradería a la que sólo es posible llegar a esa edad, el agobio frío en el estómago del estudiante inseguro, y la tensión sexual del que no ha sentido el primer amor.

Calma

Giebenrath se sentó al lado de Heilner y permaneció unos instantes contemplando las aguas verdosas. El viento jugueteaba con las hojas secas y entre las ramas susurraba su eterna canción. Los sauces
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Andrés Cabrera
Mar 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bella novela: sencilla en su escritura y precisa en las imágenes que evoca. Como primer acercamiento a la obra de Hermann Hesse, termino más que satisfecho. Sin ser pretencioso, el escritor logra crear toda una fábula sobre la vida del hombre: desde su miedo hacia el fracaso social, hasta su capacidad para determinarse libremente, la vida de Hans Giebenrath se enfrenta a la presión de tener que asumir un rol en la sociedad. Confundido y extraviado, el joven se encuentra a la deriva, esperando la ...more
Henna
Sep 21, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
يك آموزگار ترجيح مي دهد كه تمامي دانش آموزان كلاسش بچه هاي كودن باشند ولي هيچ شاگرد نابغه اي بين آنان نباشد، و از حق نبايد گذشت كه حق با اوست، زيرا او موظف نيست كه بچه هاي غير طبيعي را آموزش بدهد بلكه موظف است لاتين دان، رياضيدان، و ابلهان درستكار و فرمانبردار به بار بياورد. حال كدام يك از دست ديگري رنج مي برد، آموزگار از دست شاگرد يا شاگرد از دست آموزگار كه خودكامه و شكنجه گري بزرگتر است ونيز كدام يك به سهم و به نوبه خود زندگي و روح روان آن ديگري را به تباهي مي كشاند و از بين مي برد، موضوعي است ...more
Vic005
Apr 17, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classics
To be honest, this was probably the first book I had to read for school that I really enjoyed.
It actually had something to do with students and school which is why I was interested to read it.
I loved the tragedy and the idea behind the story.
I could even connect to Hans and his situation and felt truly sorry for him.
The only thing that bothered me was the overly descriptive deciption of the nature and the surroundings; these parts were rather boring to read.
Tempo de Ler
Quando consegue passar no exame estatal em Estugarda para entrar no seminário Hans - que sempre se destacou dos demais jovens da sua idade pela sua inteligência e aplicação nos estudos - pensa que o sucesso do seu futuro está garantido. No entanto, durante o período das férias, Hans repara em tudo o que deixou de fazer pelos estudos e finalmente, livre de inibições e preocupações, aproveita para recuperar os tempos perdidos. Já no seminário, apesar do seu sucesso inicial nas disciplinas. Hans é ...more
Marwa Bouhadda
Jun 22, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
على عكس بقية رويات هرمان هسة التي مرَّت عليَّ سابقا، كانت هذه أثقلها.. ربما
لأنني كنتُ على غير العادة أسرح كثيرا أثناء القراءة، وأشيح بنظري لساعات في الفراغ
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مأساوية بشكل مفزع، عنت لي أحداثها الكثير وربطت الكثير منها بتفاصيل معينة من حياتي
لغة هرمان هسه ساحرة، ألفاظه منتقاة بعناية، والأماكن التي يضع في شخصياته أشد جاذبية
الطريقة التي يفصح بها عن هواجس شخوصه واضطراباتهم، واضطرامات مشاعرهم دوما
ما كانت مميزة.. لأن ما أرقه طيلة مشواره الأدبي هو البحث عن جوهر الإنسان في وسط
بورجوازي يحاول التضييق على ا
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Meltem Sağlam
Sep 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Eğitim konusundaki yanlış fikirlerimizi ve daha da önemlisi cehaletimizi anlama, düzeltebilme ve mutlu nesiller yetiştirme özlemi ile okudum. Sanki bugün yazılmış, 100 yıllık bir şaheser.

"...Eleştiri ile yaratı, bilim ile sanat arasında öteden beri sürüp gelen bir savaştır bu, birbirine denk sayılmayacak güçlerin savaşı; öyle bir savaş ki, bilim hep zaferle çıkar savaştan ama bunun kimseye yararı dokunmaz; oysa sanat dönüp dolaşıp inanç, sevgi, teselli, güzellik ve edebiyat sezgisinin tohumların
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Kalkwerk
"Unterm Rad" zeigt auf bedrückende Weise die Zerstörung eines begabten Kindes durch den falschen Ehrgeiz und die überhöhten Anforderungen des Vaters und der Institution Schule. Ein Text, der ordentlich auf die Tränendrüse drückt, aber vielleicht gerade deshalb so wunderbar ist.
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Hermann Hesse was a German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize for Literature. His best known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game (also known as Magister Ludi) which explore an individual's search for spirituality outside society.

In his time, Hesse was a popular and influential author in the German-speaking world; worldwide fame only c
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“Teachers dread nothing so much as unusual characteristics in precocious boys during the initial stages of their adolescence. A certain streak of genius makes an ominous impression on them, for there exists a deep gulf between genius and the teaching profession. Anyone with a touch of genius seems to his teachers a freak from the very first. As far as teachers are concerned, they define young geniuses as those who are bad, disrespectful, smoke at fourteen, fall in love at fifteen, can be found at sixteen hanging out in bars, read forbidden books, write scandalous essays, occasionally stare down a teacher in class, are marked in the attendance book as rebels, and are budding candidates for room-arrest. A schoolmaster will prefer to have a couple of dumbheads in his class than a single genius, and if you regard it objectively, he is of course right. His task is not to produce extravagant intellects but good Latinists, arithmeticians and sober decent folk. The question of who suffers more acutely at the other's hands - the teacher at the boy's, or vice versa - who is more of a tyrant, more of a tormentor, and who profanes parts of the other's soul, student or teacher, is something you cannot examine without remembering your own youth in anger and shame. yet that s not what concerns us here. We have the consolation that among true geniuses the wounds almost always heal. As their personalities develop, they create their art in spite of school. Once dead, and enveloped by the comfortable nimbus of remoteness, they are paraded by the schoolmasters before other generations of students as showpieces and noble examples. Thus teh struggle between rule and spirit repeats itself year after year from school to school. The authorities go to infinite pains to nip the few profound or more valuable intellects in the bud. And time and again the ones who are detested by their teachers are frequently punished, the runaways and those expelled, are the ones who afterwards add to society's treasure. But some - and who knows how many? - waste away quiet obstinacy and finally go under.” 52 likes
“A soul that is ruined in the bud will frequently return to the springtime of its beginning and its promise-filled childhood, as though it could discover new hopes there and retie the broken threads of life. The shoots grow rapidly and eagerly, but it is only a sham life that will never be a genuine tree.” 30 likes
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