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Hermann Hesse's spiritual autobiography, Beneath the Wheel, is a touchstone of the Nobel prize-winning author's lifelong examination of the conflict between self-affirmation and self-destruction. Based on his own experience, his second novel attacks an educational system that fosters intellect and ambition at the expense of emotion, soul, and instinct. Beneath the Wheel te ...more
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Published October 1970 by Bantam Books (first published 1906)
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Damien
Jul 03, 2007 Damien 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 Lisa 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 Thom Young 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 Raha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: hermann-hesse
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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Andy
Jul 23, 2008 Andy 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.
SJ Loria
Nov 29, 2009 SJ Loria 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 Guillermo Gonca 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
Seth
May 27, 2013 Seth 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 Perihan 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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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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Andrés Cabrera
Mar 14, 2017 Andrés Cabrera 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
Akemi G
Sep 07, 2016 Akemi G 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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عبدالله ناصر

خمسون صفحة تناول فيه هرمان هسه قصة الطفل الذي سرق قلادة التين المجفف و هرمان هسه كما هو الحال بالنسبة لكنوت هامسون كاتب يسبر أغوار النفس و يجلو ما يعتمل فيها و لولا الحياء لقلت أنه يكاد يرقى لمرتبة علماء النفس . فالطفل الذي سرق دون حاجة لم يعد في وسعه أن ينسى أو يغفر إذ يتمكن منه الخزي و يفضل الموت أو حتى قتل والده كيما يتخلص من عار السرقة و يمضي هرمان بخطوات الخطأ من البهجة ثم تأنيب الضمير مروراً بالريبة و الخوف . ليس ثمة الكثير من الأحداث ، هناك ذهن الطفل المتعب و أفكاره الخجلى و المتهورة على
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Erik Graff
May 11, 2011 Erik Graff rated it really liked it
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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Pedro
Oct 03, 2016 Pedro 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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Afshar
Jun 22, 2014 Afshar rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition

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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Henna
Sep 21, 2013 Henna 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
Marwa Bouhadda
Jun 22, 2017 Marwa Bouhadda 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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Katie
Nov 03, 2009 Katie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is Hesse's indictment of educational systems that value memorization and dissection over appreciation of beauty, that convey knowledge without provoking understanding. Students are working, working, working, but never getting anywhere worthwhile. In my favorite passage, student/poet Hermann Heilner articulates the failures of his highly respected and competitive school:

"We're reading Homer...as though the Odyssey were a cookbook. Two verses an hour and then the whole thing is masticate
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Esmeralda
Sep 23, 2009 Esmeralda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
The writing is wonderful. The descriptions of a 1900s village, natural environment, and people are outstanding. Hans Giebenrath is a sympathetic protagonist. He is pushed into academia and does not develop emotional ties with people. It is a strange concept that parents, teachers, and clergy all get behind one person and make such demands. It is a bygone culture or asian style. It was a well paced nervous breakdown. The character got in touch with his own needs.

After that he glorifies physical l
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Raw Sun
Jul 28, 2016 Raw Sun rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
مرة أخرى ، هيرمان هسه الرااائع !!
هذه الرواية مبنية على جزء من السيرة الشخصية لهسه ، أكثر ما يميزها إتقان تصوير مرحلة المراهقة بكل تفاصيلها
Nectar Terzian
κάτι λίγο, μια ιδέα φλύαρο μου φάνηκε...
Shaimaa Ali
Aug 19, 2010 Shaimaa Ali rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
هذه هى الرواية الثانية التى كتبها هيرمان هسة فى مطلع حياته بعد "بيتر كامنستد" وأستطيع تصنيفها الى أنها تنتمى الى المرحلة الرومانسية من كتاباته .. حيث ركز فى هذه المرحلة على الصراعات النفسية (خصوصاً للبطل المراهق) ، اتحاده بالطبيعة ، توقه الى الحرية والحياة ، غياب الطفولة و أحاسيس مشاعر المراهقة الأولى وخاصةً نحو الجنس الآخر ..

هذه المرحلة أيضاً تكاد تخلو من الحوارات الطويلة العميقة كما هو ملاحظ فى رواياته التالية: "ذئب السهوب"، " سدهارتا" ، "نارسيس و جولدمند " ، و "دميان" .. ولكن احتفظت بواحدة م
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Ana Zec
Jul 31, 2016 Ana Zec rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"Hans položi ruku u ispruženu desnicu moćnika, koji je gledao u njega ozbiljnim i blagim pogledom.
-"Tako i treba, dragi moj. Ne treba posustati, inače se ode pod točak."
/.../

Događalo mu se isto što se događa mladim zaljubljenicima: Osećao se sposobnim za velika herojska dela, ali ne i za svakodnevan, dosadan i sitničav rad. /.../ I sam zapravo nije znao zašto već odavno ne visi na onoj lepoj grani. Odluka je pala, njegova smrt je bila rešena stvar... Mogao je da otputuje svakog dana, i tako je
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cashman_cool
Took me off guard since I anticipated a standard bildungsroman, but it adds more of a tragic flair to the genre. The book is really compact and paced just right, and it seems a bit more linguistically ornate than some of Hesse's other novels (no diss to Steppenwolf or anything, of course). I guess I was more impressed than I thought (especially with all the early descriptions of Heilner's poetic melancholy and rebelliousness, and damn that ending, damn) since this is one Hesse novel that no one ...more
Lolita Church
"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.
Erjon 7
Feb 13, 2015 Erjon 7 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The story of a young boy seeking a false ideal.His motivation of being the first of the school in study fade away and he find himself with a life of no content and point.
It's so simple as a book and short but interesting and humanistic enough.I give it a 4 star!
Abu Hasan
رواية خفيفة وعميقة في الوقت نفسه
أقرؤها للمرة الثانية بعدما قرأتها لأول مرة منذ ما يقارب الثلاث عشرة سنة...
هرمان هسه قادر على تصوير التفاصيل النفسية بسلاسة ودقة ودون تعقيد أو فلسلفة
ملاحظة: ترجمة الكتاب جيدة
Kelsey Dangelo
Teachers are cruel assholes that only seek to destroy the individuality, art, and childhood of their students and destroy all the poetry of the books they teach.

It’s No Child Left Behind, the Bildungsroman/Incredibly Tragic Novel.

So, me, an English teacher of little bildungsroman adolescents moving from childhood to adulthood, in the present time where we are all embracing of individuality and art, a nature lover and a lover of small town life, I at once agree with the beauty and message of th
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  • 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.” 42 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.” 24 likes
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