Funny, a guy from BC recommended I read this two days ago. Are you him!? Haha, nope not me. Weird coincidence, or maybe not? Hesse seems to be exceedingly popular on the West Coast. I think it's all of our hippy-era parents passing his books down, because they still think Steppenwolf is just about drug induced orgies and listening to Jazz. It's a great read though, so consider this a second recommendation. Particularly if you are unfamiliar with Hesse's prior work. This one serves as a nice culmination of the themes and philosophies that define his catalog.