EWL Book Editorials--

Monday, October 24, 2005

Steppenwolf by Herman Hesse

The most autobiographical of Hesse's works, Steppenwolf is the profoundly memorable and affecting story of Harry Haller--an evocative portrayal of the wrenching conflict between the needs of the flesh and the spirit and a searing appraisal of Western civilization.


  • Steppenwolf is a fictional tale explaining the published records of a man going through his mid-life crisis with the problem of a Steppenwolf. To have a Steppenwolf, is to be disturbed and conflicted by two incompatible personalities. Throughout the latter years of Harry Haller’s life, his experiences with the people he meets and the situations he faces force him to assimilate his personalities into one.

    I believe the book was interesting throughout, starting with the presentation of the book in a published record form to the ending where Harry goes through an inner, yet physical journey. Hermann Hesse added humor to a sad situation about a man that could not thrive in society. I also liked the idea presented about the Steppenwolf and believed that the inner motif of the Treatise was a splendid idea. I think that Steppenwolf would be a great book for the project for EWL. The book is somewhat interesting and has a complex ending that makes one think. The book is short enough yet long enough to be able to get something out of the book. The reading difficulty makes it a little harder than what I was used to but didn’t really find the language distracting.

    I would definitely suggest Steppenwolf by Hermann Hesse for this project. It presents ideas for all the requirements of the project. The advice I would give is to definitely follow the optional due dates. It helped tremendously and made the weekend before the project was due extremely easy.

    By Blogger JeremyH, at 10:23 AM  

  • To read Steppenwolf is to plunge into a psychological realm so vast, that it may be hard to escape. Herman Hesse's revolutionary novel is written about the conflicting character traits of one man, taking place in a German speaking country in the twenties. It deals with depressiona and loneliness, as well as the frivalous joys of bourgeois society. The structure of this novel is interesting in that it is of written records by Harry Haller, the main character. The manuscript is supposedly published by his nephew. Symbolism and metaphors are quite abundant, making for an interesting piece of research material. The whole story has a sense of fairy tale likeness and has a somewhat happy ending. Definitly an interesting read, but "for madmen only, enter if you dare!"...Do not be discouraged by the slow start, the pace quickly picks up.

    By Blogger gschulte, at 11:01 PM  

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