Herman Hesse's Siddhartha is perhaps the most important and compelling moral allegory the 20th century ever produced. Integrating Eastern and Western spiritual traditions with psychoanalysis and philosophy, this strangely simple tale, written with a deep and moving empathy for humanity, has... show more
Herman Hesse's Siddhartha is perhaps the most important and compelling moral allegory the 20th century ever produced. Integrating Eastern and Western spiritual traditions with psychoanalysis and philosophy, this strangely simple tale, written with a deep and moving empathy for humanity, has touched the lives of millions since its original publication in 1922. Set in India, Siddhartha is the story of a young Brahmin's search for ultimate reality after meeting with the Buddha. His quest takes him from a life of decadence to asceticism, from the illusory joys of sensual love with a beautiful courtesan, and of wealth and fame, to the painful struggles with his son and the ultimate wisdom of renunciation This Penguin Classics edition of Hesse's beloved novel features Joachim Neugroschel's stunning translation and an indispensable introductory essay by Ralph Friedman, Hesse's definitive biographer.
Publish date: December 31st 2002
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 132
Edition language: English
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.