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Ast enchanted forest holding gruesome dangers accursed treasures and emerald castles in its impenetrable depths He had entered a little way into this wilderness but he had become weary before he had found miracles 138He stared at her with a mixture of unfamiliar desire and bad conscience In this hour something broke inside him and a new alien but enticing land with distant blue shores opened up before his soul He did not know or could only guess what the apprehension and sweet agony signified and did not know which was stronger pain or desireBut the desire signifiedthe first intimation of the mighty forces of life and the pain signified that the morning peace had been broken that his soul had left that childhood land which can never be found againHe must find his own way and be his own savior 150Fearful but shaken to the roots of his being he felt the nearness of a great mystery not knowing whether it would be delicious or dreadful but having a foretaste of both 153The pain and anger over this loss and the restlessness of his inflamed but unsatisfied passion came together in a single agonizing confusionIn this way he discovered perhaps too soon hi 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 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 "the most popular title by this author and like other teens who like reading I read and loved 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 existence of On the Road or LolitaSchool started this week and I wonder what today s teens are reading Life lessons and a great protagonist occupy this second Hesse novel that I read BENEATH THE WHEEL Great book If ou re an educator Gate Digest in Agricultural Engineering you need to read this book It s unfortunate that today s education crushes the individual spirit and is 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 Hesse uses the eastern philosophy ofin and The Fertile Earth: Nature's Energies in Agriculture, Soil Fertilisation and Forestry (The Eco-Technology Series, Volume 3) yang when aoung student meets his opposite at school a new world opens up A must read Unterm Rad Beneath the Wheel Hermann Hessespoiler alertBeneath the Wheel is the story of Hans Giebenrath a talented boy sent to a seminary in Maulbronn His education is focused completely on increasing his knowledge and neglects personal development His close friendship with Hermann Heilner a less academically assiduous and liberal fellow student is a source of comfort for Hans Heilner is expelled from the seminary and Giebenrath is sent home *after his academic performance decreases in tandem with the onset of symptoms of mental illness Back home he finds *his academic performance decreases in tandem with the onset of symptoms of mental illness Back home he finds with his situation difficult having lost most of his childhood to scholastic study and thus having never formed lasting personal relationships with anyone in his village He is apprenticed as a blacksmith and seems to find satisfaction in the work it is visceral and concrete as opposed to the intellectual abstraction of scholarly pursuit Despite some personal fulfillment in his existence Hans never fully adjusts to his new situation On a pub crawl in a neighbouring village he and his colleagues get drunk Giebenrath leaves the group to walk home early Later he is found to have drowned in a river 1990 1367 241 It is not so much that it was a bad book but it made me want to kill myself Vintage HesseSad 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 oung to get to grips with life and not just give up and drift alongAs important and relevant now as when it was writte. Ktualität verdanken Wie kein anderes Werk des Dichters hat dieses Buch eine genau dokumentierbare Vorgeschichte die hier erstmals in allen überlieferten Lebenszeugnissen vorgestellt wird und ein authentisches Bild der Pädagogik vom Ende des 19 Jahrhunderts entwir. ,

Sums up the view of society and life just as well Every day true scholarship seemed beautiful difficult worthwhile In this novel Hesse shows life as beautiful difficult and worthwhile if one can overcome the obstacles presented by a society intent on suffocating dreams The clear menace in this tale is the system of school organized religion and "PEOPLE WHO PLACE THEIR DEMANDS ON STUDENTS INSTEAD OF "who place their demands on students instead of them explore the world Our protagonist *Is The Victim But The Intended Effect *the victim but the intended effect that the reader take away this lesson and not join their ranks Hesse still celebrates life and the poetry of every moment and he viciously attacks those who suppress it in this tragic taleOne uestion I had while reading this novel is whether or not adulthood itself is another enemy The transition from childhood to adulthood is performed though love which Hans experiences first through friendship then through a hint of homosexuality and then finally through heterosexual longing The transition into adulthood opens the door to pain and suffering Though love is beautiful it is not clear in this novel whether or not Hesse thinks its beauty is worth the price of innocence lost The passages describing Hans falling in love are absolutely stunning however the cost of love remains unsettled Is adulthood and love worth the pain of growing up Hesse leaves this unanswered which is a surprise in this novel Another surprise is the passage about a homosexual experience and an unlikely person at the end of the book to accept any of the blame There are uestions open to consideration through a tale that describes the beauty of life through poetic prose A damn good book classic HesseuotesIt was possible to live in this town and give the appearance of being educated without knowing the speeches in Zarathustra 5Thus his future was mapped out for in all of Swabia there existed but one narrow path for talented boys that is unless their parents were wealthy 5In a single hour he introduced Hans to an entirely new approach to learning and reading Hands received an intimation of what tasks and puzzles lay hidden in each line and word how thousands of scholars and investigators had expended their efforts since the earliest times to unravel these uestions and it seemed to him that he was being accepted into the ranks of these truth seekers this very hour 47Every day true scholarship seemed beautiful difficult worthwhile 47It has occurred to many people while they stood on this suare that it would be just the right place for the good life and happiness for something lively and gratifying to grow for mature and good people to think glad thoughts and produce beautiful cheerful works 57Proud and praiseworthy feelings and high hopes swelled in their breasts and it did not occur to a single one of them that this day he was selling his child for a financial advantageit did not occur to any of the boys nor to their fathers that all this would perhaps not really be free 65 He realized that there are certain sins and omissions beyond forgiveness and repentance and it seemed to him that the stretcher bore not the tailor s little son but Heilner who now took all the pain and anger caused by Han s faithlessness with him far into another world where people were judged not by their grades and examination marks and scholastic success but soley in accord with the purity or impurity of their consciencesthey realized for a fleeting moment how irrecoverable and uniue is each life and outh 94Anyone with a touch of genius seems to his teachers a freak from the very firsta teacher s task is not to produce extravagant intellects but good Latinists arithmeticians and sober decent folkamong true geniuses the wounds almost always heal As their personalities develop they create their art in spite of schoolthus the struggle between rule and spirit repeats itself New Daughters of Africa year afterear from school to school 100He was like someone in love for the first time he felt capable of performing great heroic deed but not the daily chore of boring petty work 103Their faces displayed the whole spectrum of shadings between vanishing childishness and budding manhood 106Hans thoughts and dreams now moved in this world to which he had been so long a stranger He sought refuge from his great disappointment and hopelessness in a past that had been good to him In those days he had been full of hope had seen the world lying before him like a Seine Erzieher den 14jährigen in einer Heilanstalt für Schwachsinnige und Epileptische unterbringen zu müssen Es war der Leidensdruck dieser frühen Erfahrungen der ihn zum Schriftsteller gemacht hat und dem auch seine späteren Werke ihre Brisanz und zeitlose

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This is only Hesse s second novel and not his Best It Is Somewhat Autobiographical And Like Many Of The It is somewhat autobiographical and like many of the s novels is a tale of a Fall of Giants 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 aoung spirit An English translation of my review can be found belowDieser Roman erinnerte mich daran was ich schon in meiner Jugend an Hermann Hesse so verlockend fand Er war ein wunderbarer Schriftsteller Seine pr zisen Beschreibungen sowohl des Innenlebens des ungl cklichen Klostersch lers Hans Giebenrath wie der widerspr chlichen Sch nheit der physischen Umwelt in der er zu Grunde ging sind au erordentlich Die wundersch ne Sprache des Romans bt eine fast magische Wirkung auf den Leser aus Unterm Rad ist autobiografisch in dem Sinne da Hesse sich selbst in Hermann Heilner dem besten Freund von Hans darstellt Hermann ein sehr begabter aber aufr hrerischer junger Mensch kommt in der repressiven Schule nicht zurecht Da er es prinzipiell ablehnt sich der Gesellschaftsordnung anzupassen wird er entlassenHans wiederum verk rpert Hesses gleichnamigen Bruder der wegen seiner eigenen ualen Selbstmord begangen hat nachdem die Schule ihn psychisch gebrochen hat Im Roman wird Hans ebenfalls entlassen aber haupts chlich wegen seiner schlechten Gesundheit schwindelerregende Kopfschmerzen obwohl der Rektor es ihm auch belnimmt da er unter den Einfluss von Hermann geraten ist Aus beiden Gr nden kann er dem Leistungsdruck nicht standhalten Das Kloster Maulbronn wo Hesse nach dem bestandenen Landexamen Latein gelernt hat und wo der Roman sich abspielt wurde von der UNESCO als Weltkulturerbe anerkanntVor diesem Hintergrund ist es leicht nachzuvollziehen wie Hesse in dem Roman das Bed rfnis hatte sich mit der autorit ren Erziehung in Deutschland des fr hen zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts so schonungslos auseinanderzusetzen Seine Bildungskritik ist berzeugendLieblingszitat Nur nicht matt werden sonst kommt man unters Rad This novel reminded me what I found so compelling about Hermann Hesse in my Outdoor Medical Emergency Handbook youth He was a wonderful writer His precise descriptions of both the inner life of the unhappy cloister student Hans Giebenrath and the contradictory beauty of the physical environment in which he perished are extraordinary The wonderfully beautiful language of the novel has an almost magical effect on the reader Under the Wheel is autobiographical in the sense that Hesse represents himself in Hermann Heilner Hans s best friend Hermann a very gifted but rebelliousoung man cannot cope with the repressive school Since he refuses as a matter of principle to conform to the social order he is expelled Hans in turn personifies Hesse s eponymous brother who committed suicide because of his own torments after school destroyed him psychologically In the novel Hans is likewise expelled but primarily due to his poor health dizziness inducing headaches although the headmaster also resents the fact that he has fallen under Hermann s influence For both reasons he cannot handle the pressure to perform UNESCO has recognized the Maulbronn Cloister where Hesse studied Latin after passing the state examination and where the novel is set as a World Heritage SiteAgainst this backdrop it is easy to understand why Hesse had the need in the novel to deal with the authoritarian style of schooling in Germany in the early 20th century so unsparingly His critiue of the educational system is convincing Favorite uote Just don t wear ourself out otherwise ou ll end up under the wheel This story showcases Hesse s brilliant prose mixed with his thoughts on life aging and love In a story centered around a bright gifted et timid boy Hesse "Shows Both Sides Of The "both sides of the celebrating the pain and sorrow along with the joys and surprises of life The boy s tale is eually 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 wheel like a cog in the machine and the world does not benefit from his talents and vision This boy was called to join in the higher realm of thinkers and people et due to the conditions of society he is unable to live this out Perhaps a line where Hesse describes learning. Zu den wichtigsten Frühwerken Hermann Hesses gehört sein Schulroman Unterm Rad über das Schicksal eines begabten Kindes das am Erwartungsdruck seines Vaters und der Umwelt zerbricht Hesse hat darin viel von dem verarbeitet was er selbst erleben mußte So glaubten. Unterm Rad