No, but Peter Weller did an amazing job bringing Haller to life.
Hesse captures what it means to live, and if read (or listened to) properly, offers a hopeful warning for the young, while also presenting a means of communal acceptance for those who have lived much of their years already.
Not the magic theater--it was too "beat you over the head with moralizing symbolism"--although, I would never suggest it isn't a necessary component of the piece. I liked the bar scene where Haller went to avoid his apartment in an attempt to forestall his suicide.
A film could never do the book justice.
After reading Hesse's Siddhartha, I expected a good deal of musings on life. However, where Siddhartha presents ideas in a simplistic archetypal fashion, Steppenwolf has nuance and depth. Excellent, raw emotional exposure.
Steppenwolf is, indeed, taught too early in school; a slightly more mature perspective enhanced this reader's enjoyment of the tale.
The cinical perspective at the heart of this story is dry to the marrow ironic perfection.
Peter Weller possesses the perfect voice for the re/telling of this story. His performance is suberb.
If you aren't laughing, you should stop listening.
This classic is an absolute must read/listen, even if you have read it in school - especially if you have read it in school; it is far more enjoyable from an adult perspective.
I've answered this now-cliche question to my satisfaction in a couple ways, but nothing beats a great example, and this is one of them. I can see where it's not for everyone at every time, but I was so glad I stuck it out (the beginning was a little slow in parts). And I don't believe it could have been read any more perfectly. Please put me on the list of people who want to be notified when any audiobooks with Peter Weller as Narrator are released. Thank you!
Weller's delivery of this potent work is spot on in every way. This novel is a favorite of mine, but I will be looking into other audio books Weller narrates on the strength of this performance.
This is one of those books that need not really have a plot. The writing is so superb, so rich, even in translation, that the concept of a storyline is almost superfluous. That said one has to admit that the story is less than riveting, however the intellectual richness of the writing requires little else to support it. This is one of the classics, brilliantly narrated and a true masterpiece. I won't spoil it for you by giving a summary of the content, just read it and lose yourself in the (now sadly uncommon) luxury of superb writing.
I have read this book 3 times during different times of my life and get a different feel each time.
I'm 60 now and just finished listening to Peter Weller's reading. Amazing....Amazing...Amazing.
The lights turned on monetarily and I saw something wonderful!
what a morbid pathetic story. waste of time. depressing. when i read it 45 years ago i thought it had a message. now its just a misguided tour of a purposeless mans woes.
...not to say that the spell mightn't push its luck once or twice (like the infrequent flirtations with silliness don't provide much needed relief). As it is with Finnegan's Wake, this would be a good one to save up for a while, seeing as how it leaves a lot of other very worthwhile novels reading like so much fan fiction. Also as it is with Finnegan's Wake, you're more or less guaranteed at least one moment where some long-forgotten-dream memory will burst its banks.