October Books 11) Steppenwolf

11) Steppenwolf, by Herman Hesse

I woke this morning feeling very groggy, and gradually realised that I was not even going to make it late to the office; so managed to read this (recommended to me by way way back) between naps. It’s fundamentally a depressing German psychological-mystical novel, but I enjoyed it a lot more than I was expecting to. I was very much drawn into the narrator’s story of reconciling what he imagines to be the two sides of his own nature, and coming to terms with music, dancing and sex while remaining true to himself. The ending is a bit peculiar but that is in keeping with the tone of the rest. As I look back at my entries about Nobel prize-winners I see that I’ve ended quite a lot of them with the feeling that I might read more by that author, but this time I really mean it!

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1 Response to October Books 11) Steppenwolf

  1. scott_lynch says:

    I think, even in the context of the time it came out, They’d Rather Be Right (’55) is still a fierce competitor. And I’m personally allergic to Foundation’s Edge (’83). But I think Blackout/All Clear could easily make a troika.

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