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Steppenwolf
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse
Thomas Wayne presents a fresh new translation of this classic that is a particular favorite of young adults confronting life's deepest questions and equally liberating for readers facing a mid-life crisis. Basil Creighton's 1929 version (revised in 1963 by Joseph Mileck) is the best-known version in English; it skips words, smoothes out long, involved passages, unnecessarily "improves" the text all things Thomas Wayne refuses to do. As with his already published translations of Nietzsche's Thus Spake Zarathustra, Ecce Homo, and The Antichrist, he emphasizes a strict adherence and reverence for the literal a Hesse for the 21st century, meaningful and faithful to the original.
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kam01
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I didn't enjoy this book as much siddartha, and the message of story was more challenging to interpret.

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KarinWestbrook
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Working on hitting my 2020 goal of 70 books!

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BkClubCare
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse
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This little book, 3.5”x5.75”x1”, is NOT what I expected! Sometimes, the fun of requesting a library book is what it will look like when it arrives. I honestly have no idea what this book is about. It‘s my #ClassicsClub #Spin #ccspin

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TheBibliophilicOwl
Lupul de step? | Hermann Hesse
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Mi-am putut da seama că Haller era un geniu al suferinței, că își formase o capacitate de a suferi genială, nelimitată, îngrozitoare, de genul celei pe care o evocă Nietzsche în unele din maximele sale.

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bouktique
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Panpan

206 pages. Extremely boring. Childishly philosophical, felt like depressed teenager's tragedy when it really isn't. I don't know what's all the fuss about. Finished reading only because I hoped for a strong ending but my prayers were not answered.

#steppenwolf #hesse

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Buechersuechtling
Der Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse
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@RamsFan1963 @hannah-leeloo @Erofan wanted to see my #ThankfulThursday-surrealism-choice @Cosmos_Moon

No gimme. Chose 🇩🇪 „Der Steppenwolf“ but all the same could‘ve ended up tagging 🇩🇪„Kafka am Strand“ or 🇩🇪 „Der Wal und das Ende der Welt“. 🤷🏽‍♀️

1. No plans. But: Australia 🇦🇺‼️

2. For my significant other and my bestie to reach out • For my physiotherapist • For my independence/sovereignty and my relative good health.

3. ⬇️

hannah-leeloo 🤗❤️ 2y
Buechersuechtling @Heideschrampf Ich bin ziemlich sicher, als Hörbuch würde ich ihm noch mal eine Chance geben. ? Vielleicht bin ich auch mehr mimimi als du und weniger aufgeschlossen als ich es von mir selber denke. 2y
Heideschrampf @Buechersuechtling i found the second half much more readable as the first, but i fully get that this is not an easy read that needs it‘s own time and space and doesn‘t work whenever. In the end i was just so suprised that this was a book about gender fluidity written SO EARLY! 2y
Heideschrampf Aber eigentlich ging mir das ? viel eher um punkt zwei: you go girl! Self-care und friend-care und dankbar dafür zu sein dass man selbst schon ne ziemlich coole sau ist unterstütze ich immer. Wir frauen müssen erstmal lernen uns selbst zu feiern! 2y
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Dazen
Der Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse
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Meine H.H. Bücherserie.
Steppenwolf mittlerweile 2 Mal.

Buechersuechtling Chapeau. ? Sehr weit habe ich es darin nicht gebracht, ich bin einfach weder mit dem Schreibstil noch mit der Geschichte klargekommen. Vielleicht eines der Bücher, das für mich als Hörbuch besser funktionieren würde. ??‍♀️ 2y
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Heideschrampf
Der Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse
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Pickpick

Now that i've finished i understand why this novel is such a legend. A great meditation on gender identity, mental health and the arrogance of the intellectual elites. I'm sure i'll be gifting this book a lot (it's perfect for any millenial humanist) and will be revisiting it myself again and again.#bookandbath

Moray_Reads My boyfriend loves this one. One of our first conversations was a (friendly) argument about it. Now I'm wondering if I missed something or if it's much better in German! 2y
Heideschrampf @Moray_Reads it's a bit stream-of-consciousnessy, so if you're not into long rambling sentences this will never be your book. Not sure how well translated it is, but i'm curious to check it out. It might be well worth a re-read if you don't mind reading about a self-absorbed prick coming off his high horse ;) oh and the second half is better than the first, maybe skip 100 pages? What was it you didn't like abiut it? (edited) 2y
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Heideschrampf
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This one's a bit tricky since it the book has a fictional preface which reads as follows...

"Vorwort des Herausgebers: Dieses Buch enthält die uns gebliebenen Aufzeichnungen jenes Mannes, welchen wir mit einem Ausdruck, den er selbst mehrmals genrauchte, den 'Steppenwolf' nannten."

#FirstLineFridays

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Heideschrampf
Der Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse
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What Goethe tells the Steppenwolf about lifetimes and eternity: "Auch ich habe den Wert der Zeit einst überschätzt, darum wollte ich hundert Jahre alt werden. In der Ewigkeit aber, siehst du, gibt es keine Zeit; die Ewigkeit ist bloß ein Augenblick, gerade lang genug für einen Spaß."

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Heideschrampf
Der Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse
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Another day another #bookandbath

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Heideschrampf
Der Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse
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"..., dass ohne Liebe zu sich selbst auch die Nächstenliebe unmöglich ist."

Today I learned that RuPaul has read Hermann Hesse. #ifyoucantloveyourselfhowinthehellyougonnalovesomebodyelse #canigetanamenupinhere #halleloo #bookandbath

Buechersuechtling I also thought of Erich Fromm, when I read that but it seems that Hermann Hesse is older. 2y
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Paperback.Propensity
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse
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Pickpick

Finished Steppenwolf recently, and I really liked it. I found the "Steppenwolf" relatable (which maybe is a sad thing), and I also really liked the philosophical bits. Best of all I felt it ended on a hopeful note.

SW-T Lovely teacup and saucer set. 😊 2y
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Paperback.Propensity
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse
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"The illusion that cost India the efforts of thousands of years to unmask is the same illusion that the West has labored just as hard to maintain and stengthen."

I've been reading this book for a little while now, and I often have to stop and consider some of these things.
I think it will become one of my favorites.

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danx
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse
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“the desperate clinging to the self and the desperate clinging to life are the surest way to eternal death”

So far slow going, 77 pages in. I just don‘t care about Harry Haller and the ramblings of bourgeois disenfranchisement and focus of individualism, but I understand it picks up soon.

danx Finished it, overall worth the experience of reading it, I still recall some of the scenes and mood, but still they‘re all rather unlikable characters. 1y
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Billypar
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse
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#7days7covers #covercrush Day 5
@merelybookish
@Susanita if you want to play, 7 covers posted in 7 days, no explanations & tag someone new each day.

Cathythoughts Great cover. I remember I read this over 40 years ago .... would definitely need a reread 👍🏻 3y
Billypar @Cathythoughts I love this book: probably read it 6 or 7 years ago but it really stuck with me. 3y
merelybookish What a striking cover! (And maybe creepy? 😬) 3y
merelybookish @Cathythoughts It's been a while for me too! Would be interesting to re-read! 3y
Billypar @merelybookish It is a bit creepy. I think it's the effect of it taking up the entire cover and maybe that you have 'wolf' in your brain, but it's the wrong color. So you don't really know what you're looking at. 3y
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Buechersuechtling
Der Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse
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Bailedbailed

I was quite puzzled when I read Thomas Mann‘s praise at the back of the book. He says this book taught him what reading means. 🤔 Sorry, this is intellectual blah-blah for me.

The long sentences need concentration and it‘s far away from being as fluently read as Hesse‘s „Siddhartha“. This book is so overly intellectual that I am not willing to „work through it“ in my leisure time. Call me a whimp but this is too vigorous for me.

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Buechersuechtling
Der Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse
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„Araukarie“ (p. 37)

I can‘t help it but I think Kristopher from my last book would have loved that word.

In case you, like me, don‘t know what I am talking about:

🇩🇪 https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Araukarien?wprov=sfti1

🇬🇧 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Araucaria?wprov=sfti1

Heideschrampf Never heard that before. Thanks for the links! 📖🌿 2y
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Buechersuechtling
Der Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse
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Skipping the preface for the moment seems to be a good idea. I mean, look, it obviously has 32 pages. The story itself starts on page 33.

Brings me to think, that at least one third of the preface must just be waffling.

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Buechersuechtling
Der Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse
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After a few lines I decided to skip the preface of the publisher because I‘m afraid that it will take away too much of the story for me.

I want to read it unbiased.

I will come back to it when I‘m through with the book and then read it as a postface. 😁

Heideschrampf I had to read a few pages ti debate whether it was part of the novel or not. Still not sure... 2y
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Buechersuechtling
Der Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse
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Took this one home from the bric-a-brac only because I knew title and author – even though I couldn‘t have put my finger on that they belong together. 🤭

I thought: „It‘s kind of a classic so maybe one should have read it.“ So it went home with me.

I made mixed experiences with so-called classics – what is it all about Robert Louis Stevenson‘s „Treasure Island“ 🤔 – so I hope to not be too disappointed.

I‘m curious, so let‘s start‼️

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BooksAndTea97
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse
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One of my all time favourites, and my #AdventRecommends day 19 recommendation.

I'm not that good with English to give this book justice, so here is a part of the synopsis.
"Steppenwolf is a poetical self-portrait of a man who felt himself to be half-human and half-wolf. This Faust-like and magical story is evidence of Hesse's searching philosophy and extraordinary sense of humanity as he tells of the humanization of a middle-aged misanthrope"

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Billypar
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse
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Please give a #howl if you're also a fan of Steppenwolf and the Magic Theater for Madmen Only.
#OctoberXFiles @Robothugs @Cinfhen

Cinfhen 😊 4y
JazzFeathers I haven't read it yet, but l plan to 4y
Cathythoughts Well that‘s just perfect 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 4y
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WrittenCasey
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse
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calling all idiots, punks, and meanderers-Give this "un a (re-) read.

No complaints (moans generally relished) it's only 200 pgs and has the goods

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XenaBooks
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse
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Mehso-so

I don't think I read this at the right time. There were basically no animals in it. Spoiler, the worlf is a metaphor.

DebinHawaii Welcome to Litsy! 🎉📚🎉Hope you enjoy it here! Also check out @LitsyWelcomeWagon to get connected--there are links in the profile to tips for navigating Litsy.👍 4y
DebinHawaii And cute kitty! 🐱❤️ #catsoflitsy 4y
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ephemeralwaltz
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse
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Folio Society are having an INTERNATIONAL giveaway for their edition of Steppenwolf over on their Instagram!

ju.ca.no Such a great book😍 4y
GatheringBooks oh em gee. 4y
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GoneFishing
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse

He gave at the very first glance the impression of a significant, an uncommon, and unusually gifted man. His face was intellectual...He had thought more than other men, and in matters of the intellect he had that calm objectivity, that certainty of thought and knowledge, such as only really intellectual men have, who have no axe to grind, who never wish to shine, or to talk others down, or to appear always in the right.

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GoneFishing
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse

There was once a man, Harry, called the steppenwolf. He went on two legs, wore clothes and was a human being, but nevertheless he was in reality a wolf of the steppes. He had learned a good deal of all that people of a good intelligence can, and was a fairly clever fellow. What he had not learned, however, was this: to find contentment in himself and his own life.

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GoneFishing
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse

All interpretation, all psychology, all attempts to make things comprehensible, require the medium of theories, mythologies, and lies.

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GoneFishing
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse

The man of power is ruined by power, the man of money by money, the submissive man by subservience, the pleasure seeker by pleasure.

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GoneFishing
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse

There are always a few such people who demand the utmost of life and yet cannot come to terms with its stupidity and crudeness.

Leftcoastzen Such a great book! 4y
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GoneFishing
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse

A wild longing for strong emotions and sensations seethes in me, a rage against this toneless, flat, normal and sterile life. I have a mad impulse to smash something, a warehouse perhaps, or a cathedral, or myself, to committ outrages...

Joyfulmimi Wow! 😳 4y
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GoneFishing
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse

For what I always hated and detested and cursed above all things was this contentment, this healthiness and comfort, this carefully preserved optimism of the middle classes, this fat and prosperous brood of mediocrity.

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GoneFishing
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse

You are willing to die, you coward, but not to live.

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MLRio
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse

Now and again I have expressed the opinion that every nation, and even every person, would do better, instead of rocking himself to sleep with political catchwords about war guilt, to ask himself how far his own faults and negligences and evil tendencies are guilty of the war and all the other wrongs of the world, and that therein lies the only possible means of avoiding the next war.

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MLRio
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse

None of us intellectuals is at home in reality. We are strange to it and hostile.

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MLRio
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JazzFeathers
Der Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse
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Had the opportunity to by this at my bookshop. Not that my German allow me to read it... at the moment. But one day... 😆

Sarah83 And then you will start with Hesse? 😊 4y
JazzFeathers @Sarah83 l wish. I've read him in ltalian and l like him. I read a couple of children's books in German shortly after l finished school, years and years ago. I wish my German were still at that level 😭 4y
Sarah83 Maybe you should try bilingual books? On one side English, on the other German. 😉 4y
JazzFeathers @Sarah83 That might be an idea. But first, l need to refresh my German 😜 4y
Sarah83 You can learn it while reading. So I train my English. 😊 4y
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MLRio
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse

A wild longing for strong emotions and sensations seethes in me, a rage against this toneless, flat, normal and sterile life.

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MLRio
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse
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Pickpick

This book is absolutely batshit and I loved it.

AllenTStClair Any book reviewed as “batshit” has to go on the TBR pile! 😂 4y
MLRio @AllenTStClair Be warned the first quarter is deceptively uneventful. 4y
AllenTStClair @MLRio I can deal with little boring bits if it pays off. 😂 4y
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readinginthedark
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse
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Started this one on audio! I‘ve been meaning to read it for ten years and never did for some reason, but I love Siddhartha, so I have high hopes! #germany #readaroundtheworld

Izai.Amorim This is such a great one! 👍👍 4y
readinginthedark @Izai.Amorim Good to know! No one ever talks about it, but he‘s such a good writer! (edited) 4y
Izai.Amorim @readinginthedark Wonderful writer. Such an optimist, and the uplifting stories! The this book, it breaks your heart, you can feel his disappointment with life/world.., My favorite Hesse (I have all his books and read them many decades ago. But Steppenwolf I reread often.) 4y
readinginthedark @Izai.Amorim Well, I love it so far, but I‘m only an hour in. I‘ll let you know what I think! 👍🏻 4y
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MLRio
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Well, I guess I‘m in the right place.

JazzFeathers Steppenwolf is supposed to be one of Hesse's best books. On my TBR. Can't wait to hear what you think. 4y
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m.ahmadvand2001
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse

I've found myself through this book
I wish I could meet the author & say thanks my bro 😂

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Sha0102
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse
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Pickpick

Fantastic book!!! It can be seen by most as a sad depressive book and it is in many ways, but his final message, in my opinion, was optimistic. As Hesse says himself, despite the sickness and crisis the novel deals with, the objective is not death or destruction, it's redemption. I'll read this book again and again later in life cause I'm sure depending on the stage we are, it will add new contents to the reading. #Sha2017 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

MrBook Great review! 5y
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ShelvesAndCandles
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse

I want to read, but...

I really love reading. However, sometimes I can't find my inspiration for reading. It usually happens after I finish some book which I didn't like, and then I am stuck with another one.
Several days ago I read This Savage Song and I didn't like it, then I re-read Steppenwolf though I love that book, I couldn't find myself enjoying. What is going on?

Q: Anyone with the same problem? Any kind of help is welcome!

Redy2trvl I've gone through this several times. In years past, have gone months without reading. Now, I find if I'm in a big slump or have that "I don't want to read at all" feeling, I head to the bookstore. Even if my TBR stack is piled high, I go there for inspiration. Sometimes you need a new "little black dress" to give you a jolt and a little pep in your step. Hang in there. ? 5y
Cinfhen I like your analogy @Redy2trvl ‼️‼️#ReadingSlumps are the worse 😩I find mindless thrillers or easy #PaletteCleansers usually do the trick! This was a gripping thriller...Have you read 5y
CareBear I also find reading something completely different from what I usually read can kickstart my reading again. 5y
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Notafraidofwords I listen to bookish podcast and it usually gets me out of it. 5y
KrystleTheBookSlayer Yes, that actually happens to me quite a bit, but I'm lucky because my current job allows me to read when it's quiet, which I do or else I get really bored throughout my shift. It kind of forces me out of my reading slump. Sometimes I will choose quick/easy reads, so it's not too much of a commitment when I'm in my slump. 5y
Blaire I have some go tos for slumps. Either a series I know I love - jack reacher, inspector gamache, an Agatha Christie. Or a fave children's literature book. Something I know is quick to get into and will only take a day or so to read. 5y
dylanisreading I do the same as @Notafraidofwords - reminds me how many books are out there waiting to be read. 5y
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GoneFishing
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse

When I have neither pleasure nor pain and have been breathing for a while the lukewarm insipid air of these so called good and tolerable days, I feel so bad in my childish soul that I smash my moldering lyre of thanksgiving in the face of the slumbering god of contentment and would rather feel the very devil burn in me than this warmth of a well-heated room. A wild longing for strong emotions and sensations seethes in me

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Lkardos12
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It was almost too cerebral to get through in the beginning, but now it's too weird that I have to finish. Unexpectedly pairing well with all my yoga readings this week.

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BarbaraBB
Steppenwolf | Hermann Hesse
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Panpan

Harry Haller (half man, half steppenwolf) realizes suicide can be a way out of his struggle between his very varying moods. Then he meets Hermine, and their relationship is very healing to him. Hesse himself assures us in his afterword that Harry is being cured.
I don't know what to believe. I don't know what's real in the story and what's not. Hesse lost me once again along the way. #1001books

Libby1 That view. ❤️ 5y
BarbaraBB Haha, you recognize it? It is de Leidsegracht (where A Fault in our Stars was filmed). 5y
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vivastory
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#riotgrams
A tiny book.