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Originally published way back in 1881, Spyri’s novel about a young girl who goes to live in the Alps with her grandfather has become a beloved children’s classic and one of the best-selling books of all time. When Heidi’s aunt conspires to move her to town, the young protagonist fights to get back to the grandfather and mountain life she loves.
Although I wasn’t a fan of this book (or Hesse’s other “masterpiece,” Steppenwolf), I recognize that it’s considered a classic in many cultures — in Switzerland and Germany, both of who claim the author as their own, and in Nepal and India, where the story, which prominently features Buddha and Buddhism, takes place. Several well-known music artists (Yes, Pete Townshend, Nick Drake) have written songs based on the book, so maybe you need a musical ear to get Hesse.
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