With parallels to the enlightenment of the Buddha, Hesse's Siddhartha is the story of a young Brahmin's quest for the ultimate reality. Steeped in the tenets of both psychoanalysis and Eastern mysticism, Siddhartha presents an original view of man and culture, and the arduous process of... show more
With parallels to the enlightenment of the Buddha, Hesse's Siddhartha is the story of a young Brahmin's quest for the ultimate reality. Steeped in the tenets of both psychoanalysis and Eastern mysticism, Siddhartha presents an original view of man and culture, and the arduous process of self-discovery that leads to reconciliation, harmony, and peace. The word Siddhartha is made up of two words in the Sanskrit language, siddha (gotten) + artha (meaning or wealth). The two words together mean "one who has found meaning (of existence)" or "he who has attained his goals". The Buddha's name, before his renunciation, was Prince Siddhartha Gautama, later the Buddha. In this book, the Buddha is referred to as "Gotama".
Publish date: December 1st 1981
Publisher: Perfection Learning
Pages no: 152
Edition language: English
, European Literature
, Historical Fiction
, German Literature
I finally finished my first read for the 16 festive tasks! Yea! And even better, I loved it. If it'd been a bit longer I probably would have given it the full five-stars. Siddhartha is about a man who's searching for enlightenment, or a peaceful existance, and goes on a pilgrimage to find it. Yo...
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 ...
4.5 starsI had never read Hermann Hesse until I picked this up and I'm glad I picked this one.