I read this book for the first time in high school on my dad's recommendation, and I've read it at least once a year, every year since. This book is wildly imaginative. It is so beautiful to read; it's as if you're staring at a painting the entire time you're reading. Everything that the protagonist, Harry Haller sees, from the mundane (plants and desolate streets) to the vivid and fantastical (the magic theater) is so captivating. … more
This is a great psychological, spiritual, soul-seeking drama. Ever wonder about the part of you that wants something the other part feels is not beneficial to you or not right for you perhaps? Ever wonder if you are coforming to rules made by others that go against your true nature? Ever wonder if you are supressing the real you to fit in with society? Or perhaps society is what is keeping your sane. This is what Steppenwold brings to mind... Crazy character. Crazy story. Crazy good.