Literary Giveaway Blog Hop


Welcome to the Literary Giveaway Blog Hop!

feb18Thank you to Judith from Leeswammes’ Blog for hosting the  fourth Literary Giveaway Blog Hop.

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What am I giving away?

beneath_the_wheelI need to make room on my shelves so I am giving away a used copy of  Hermann Hesse’s Beneath the Wheel. This is the blurb:

Hans Giebenrath lives among the dull and respectable townsfolk of a sleepy Black Forest village. When he is discovered to be an exceptionally gifted student, the entire community presses him onto a path of serious scholarship. Hans dutifully follows the regimen of study and endless examinations, his success rewarded only with more crushing assignments. When Hans befriends a rebellious young poet, he begins to imagine other possibilities outside the narrowly circumscribed world of the academy. Finally sent home after a nervous breakdown, Hans is revived by nature and romance, and vows never to return to the gray conformity of the academic system.


Above is a picture of the actual book you will be getting. It is in good condition, but it IS a used book, so please don’t expect it to be pristine!

Enter the giveaway

To enter all you need to do is leave a comment. Please, don’t just leave your email address without a word! Tell me whether you have read anything else by Hesse. What was it and how did you like it? Why would you like to read “Beneath the wheel”?

Please, don’t forget your name and email address. The giveaway is international.

The other participants

Don’t forget to hop on to the other participating blogs and have fun! You will find a list at Leeswammes’ Blog.


  1. Thank you for the giveaway and for opening it to worldwide entries.

    I last read Hesse very many years ago and can only vaguely recall his writing but I would like to re-accquaint myself with his work.

    Carol T

  2. I’ve read Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha more than once, the first time when I was in college. It’s a book that gives insight into Buddhist. I’m interested in reading Beneath the Wheel because I already like the man’s writings and have never even heard of this one. It sounds like he may have had a problem with “the gray conformity of the academic system.”
    Bonnie Jacobs’s last post ..Quote from Plato

  3. Thank you for your giveaway. I have never read anything by Hesse, but would love to! Email is cerievans1[at]gmail[dot]com. Thanks

  4. Good morning! I’ve never read Hesse before – I have Siddhartha sitting on my shelves somewhere though – but have heard some of my bookshop customers raving about his writing and how much his books have changed them. If it’s good enough for them… ! I was also at school with a boy who was pressed into scholarship, given more and more academic work to do, accepted it all without question – then had a nervous breakdown and never returned to education. Sound familiar?!

    Thanks for the giveaway anyway, and have a great weekend!

    emp501 (at) hotmail (dot) co (dot) uk
    Ellie’s last post ..Desert Angel, by Charlie Price

  5. Thanks for the giveaway, Rikki.

    I’ve read Hesse a very, very long time ago: Der Steppenwolf (possibly even in German) and Siddharta. I don’t remember a great deal about them but I’ve felt a bit intimidated by de Big German Writer so I haven’t tried anything else. I’m still intimidated but this story sounds good and I’d love to try it.
    Leeswammes (Judith)’s last post ..The Literary Giveaway Blog Hop Starts Here!

  6. Both my husband and I were in the same class in high school (and only one class, to the best of our knowledge). In that class, Western Thought (a philosophy class), we read Magister Ludi by Hesse. We still love all things Hesse-ish. I’ve not read this one.

    debnance at gmail dot com

  7. Hesse is one of those authors who I’ve heard of and yet know pretty much nothing about! All I know is that a lot of his books are on the 1001 books to read before you die list, and I’m pretty sure that means he’s good, right?!

    devouringtexts [at] gmail [dot] com

  8. Somehow I have missed reading Hesse, but now seems like fateful timing for this one… it’s my last semester of graduate school.

  9. I’ve reads Narcissus and Goldmund, The Glass Bead Game, Sidhartha & a couple of others whose names escape me, but this was years ago, when I was going through a German phase. Don’t recall this one so would be an ideal chance to investigate some more, thanks.
    Parrish’s last post ..The Natty Hat Comp #3

  10. I haven’t yet read anything by Hermann Hesse, and that’s a big part of why I’m interested in reading this – I’ve heard enough about his books that I feel like I might be missing out.

    ikkinlala AT yahoo DOT ca

  11. I have heard many ‘critics’ tell me that I have to read Herman Hesse as one of the classics. I had always worried that his books might be a little too heavy for me. Would love to try one though.
    deanna_boocock (at)

  12. Thanks for the giveaway! I’ve never read anything by Hermann Hesse, but I want to because I’ve heard good things about his novels.

    susanna DOT pyatt AT student DOT rcsnc DOT org

  13. I haven’t read anything by Herman Hesse but have had Siddhartha on my TBR list for quite a while. Maybe this would be the impetus I need to dip into his backlist!

    Thanks for a great giveaway!


  14. thanks for the great book hop.
    follow your blog by twitter as vinci777
    Have not read anything from Hesse,
    thanks for the interesting comments.
    Read the Good Reads review and
    was convinced that it would be my
    kind of book to read.

  15. I recall avidly reading Hesse when i was in high school, Siddhartha being the favorite of many. I don’t know how I would feel reading his oeuvre now.

  16. I’ve never read anything by Hesse but I’m always looking to expand my reading horizons so I’d love the chance to read this.
    Thanks for running the giveaway.

  17. I actually haven’t had the pleasure of reading any books by Hesse, so this would be a first for me. Why would I like to read “Beneath the Wheel?” Mmm…I have great respect for gifted people. Who doesn’t? I’m curious to see the protagonist’s relationship with a poet and his evolution. How is he “revived by nature and romance?” This is what I’d like to know.

    Thanks for a chance at winning your giveaway.

    I am also an avid reader, a book reviewer, and book blogger. If you’d like to drop by my page to take a look, please visit:

    Zara D. Garcia-Alvarez
    Email: zgarcia(dot)alvarez(at)gmail(dot)com
    On Twitter: @ZaraAlexis

  18. I’ve read Siddhartha, which was a pretty good book. Apparently, one of my favorite albums (Yes’s Close to the Edge) is based on the book, but you’d never know from the lyrics.

    Thanks for the giveaway!

  19. I’ve never read Hesse, but I’m all about expanding my literary horizon, so bring it on. :) Thanks! oneagainst at hotmail dot com

  20. Thanks for the giveaway !!!
    I haven’t read anything by Hesse and Beneath the Wheel sounds like an interesting story.


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