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.
Maybe it works for the test.
So many mispronounced words and names. Also, the narrators are dreadful readers of poetry.
No. I didn't like either.
The plot was predictable--even the twist at the end. The dialogue was false. The profanity was overdone in a lame attempt to make it seem authentic. All in all, it was a waste of time and money except that I will know to avoid this author in the future.
He had a nice deep voice, but his lady characters all come across as unconvincing transvestites without the benefit of hormone therapy. In addition, in an attempt to mitigate his deep voice, he characterizes all the women's voices as annoyingly demure, lilting, and breathy regardless of the situation. This narrator should stick to books without dialogue.
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