A book—rare in our arid age—that takes root in the heart and grows there for a lifetime.Here the spirituality of the East and the West have met in a novel that enfigures deep human wisdom with a rich and colorful imagination. Written in a prose of almost biblical simplicity and beauty, it is the... show more
A book—rare in our arid age—that takes root in the heart and grows there for a lifetime.Here the spirituality of the East and the West have met in a novel that enfigures deep human wisdom with a rich and colorful imagination. Written in a prose of almost biblical simplicity and beauty, it is the story of a soul's long quest in search of he ultimate answer to the enigma of man's role on this earth. As a youth, the young Indian Siddhartha meets the Buddha but cannot be content with a disciple's role: he must work out his own destiny and solve his own doubt—a tortuous road that carries him through the sensuality of a love affair with the beautiful courtesan Kamala, the temptation of success and riches, the heartache of struggle with his own son, to final renunciation and self-knowledge. The name "Siddhartha" is one often given to the Buddha himself—perhaps a clue to Hesse's aims in contrasting the traditional legendary figure with his own conception, as a European (Hesse was Swiss), of a spiritual explorer.
Publish date: January 1st 1951
Publisher: New Directions
Pages no: 128
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Historical Fiction
, German Literature
My first impression of this book was that it read a lot like Narcissus and Goldmund, but I can't really critique it for that because Narcissus was actually written after this book (by about eight years). However, having read Narcissus it felt as this thing book was pretty much going over the exact s...
i read it because of Hesse. the theme and the story said nothing to me. i probably lack the life exeprience to fully appreciate the book.
Siddhartha is a character that portrays the initiate in his early stages of development, immersed in life, yet desiring the ultimate knowledge The book is about the process experienced on the road to enlightenment. Based on the lives of Gotama Buddha the book describes the journey of Siddhartha as ...
Malgrado lo stile lento, troppo mistico per i miei gusti e a tratti noioso l'ho letto con piacere, anzi mi sono immersa nelle riflessioni del protagonista, nel suo sentirsi spaesato, nelle sue descrizioni circa la vita, il mondo e la natura... se dovessi trovare un termine per questo libro, direi ch...
4.5 starsI had never read Hermann Hesse until I picked this up and I'm glad I picked this one.