Beneath the Wheel

Beneath the Wheel

ISBN: 031242230X

ISBN 13: 9780312422301

Publication Date: July 01, 2003

Publisher: Picador USA

Pages: 192

Format: Paperback

Authors: Hermann Hesse, Michael E. Roloff

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In Hermann Hesse's Beneath the Wheel or The Prodigy, Hans Giebenrath 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 with more crushing assignments. When Hans befriends a rebellious young poet, he begins to imagine other possibilities outside the narrowly circumscribed world of the academy. Finally sent home after a nervous breakdown, Hans is revived by nature and romance, and vows never to return to the gray conformity of the academic system.

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