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The Prodigy

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In Hermann Hesse's Beneath the Wheel or The Prodigy, 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 ...more
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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.
Lisa
Jul 21, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobels
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 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 topic now as when it was written!
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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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.
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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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
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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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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/lit/: Beneath the Wheel by Herman Hesse 1 39 May 25, 2012 12:33PM  
  • Professor Unrat
  • Gantenbein
  • Jugend ohne Gott
  • Romeo und Julia auf dem Dorfe
  • Deutschland, ein Wintermärchen
  • Das siebte Kreuz
  • Wellen
  • Der Schimmelreiter
  • Draußen vor der Tür
  • Götz von Berlichingen
  • Der zerbrochne Krug
  • Bronsteins Kinder
  • Heldenplatz
  • Drei Frauen
  • Der Schüler Gerber
  • Die Strudlhofstiege oder Melzer und die Tiefe der Jahre
  • Spring's Awakening
  • The Hothouse
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Hermann Hesse was a German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in 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 ca
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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.” 46 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.” 27 likes
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