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Siddhartha' is an allegorical novel by Hermann Hesse which deals with the spiritual journey of an Indian boy called Siddhartha during the time of the Buddha. The book was written in German, in a simple, yet powerful and lyrical style. It was first published in 1922, after Hesse had spent some time in India in the 1910s.

The story revolves around a young man who leaves his home and family on a quest for the Truth. Embarking on a journey that takes him from the austerities of renunciation to the profligacy of wealth. That leads him through the range of human experiences from hunger and want, to passion, pleasure, pain, greed, yearning, boredom, love, despair and hope. A journey that leads finally to the river, where he gains peace and eventually wisdom. This is the story of Siddhartha as told by Nobel Laureate Hermann Hesse in his most influential work.

About the Author
Hermann Hesse (b. 1877) was a German-born Swiss poet and author, best known for writing the novels 'Steppenwolf', 'Siddhartha', and 'The Glass Bead Game'. He was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946. His themes focus on man's struggle to break away from the rigid structures of civilization and follow his essential and inner spirit. For this, Hesse became a literary cult figure.

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Author Hermann Hesse
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Publisher General Press
Publication Year 2012
ISBN-13 9789380914145
ISBN-10 9380914148
Language English
Binding Paperback
Number of Pages 168 Pages
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Highly Recommended for everyone with mind, soul and heart

At some point or the other, We have all asked ourselves the fundamental question, ''How do we find lasting peace? Why we suffer the way we do and is there a way out for cessation of suffering?''

All the religions of the world have explored the answer to the question in their own unique styles. Some have tried to answer it from within and some from without. As Hesse intelligently points out that we often try to simplify the question for finding the answer to it while within and without are one and the same. In doing so he mentioned that we are subject to deception that time is a reality while it is not. And if time is not real, then the divide which seems to separate the world from eternity, suffering from bliss and evil from good, is a mere deception.

When i chose this book, i was also deceived by the name 'Siddhartha'. I thought that the book is an autobiographical account of Gautam Buddha who was born as Siddhartha and after finding knowledge, named Buddha i.e. the enlightened one. While the book contains story of a Brahmin boy Siddhartha who goes for an individual search for lasting peace during the time of Gautam Buddha and how his life is inspired by Samanas, Gautam Buddha, a courtesan Kamala, a ferryman Vasudeva and by a river profoundly.

Notably the Book 'Siddhartha' is one of the most acclaimed novels of Nobel Laureate Hermann Hesse. It was first published in 1922. It contains the philosophy of Hesse towards life which is inspired by individualism, it finds it's own answers to the question which are different as well as similar to the answers found by Buddha.

The philosophy of the book can be summed up in some beautiful and meaningful quotes like:

''The opposite of every truth is just as true.''

''Wisdom cannot be passed on. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to pass on to someone always sounds like foolishness.''

''Every life is indestructible, every moment is eternity.''

''Showing your wound to a listener is just like bathing it in the river until it had cooled and become one with the river.''

''Learn from the river: it is good to strive downwards, to sink and to seek depth.''

''I had to learn how to leave the world as it is, to love it, and to enjoy being a part of it.''

''Siddhartha is excited with the discovery and realizes that all suffering, all self-torment, anxiety, all difficulties, all hostility are anchored in time and all will disappear when time is overcome, when time can be thought away.''

To sum up, It is a must read for those who are interested in Philosophical depths but for others with a little interest in philosophical matters, this book may sound a bit boring as it dwells deep into the philosophical questions while at the same time Hesse has tried his best and succeeds much in keeping the book simple for all.

The book is a 4 out of 5 and is highly recommended for the book enthusiasts who seek depth!

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15 March 12
Helps in Soul searching

It is said that Siddhartha by Hermann Hessee is one of the books that changed the world because since then the western world was influenced by Eastern Philosophy.Another noteworthy movement where the Western world was inspired by Eatern Philosophy is the Hare Krishna Movement or the ISKCON in the 1960's is still very relevant.I recommend this book to anyone who is in need of peace and needs some souls searching in life.Great book.In addition to Siddhartha you can read J.Krishnamurti available on flipkart.com.

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Siddhartha : An extraordinary book

Written in an allegorical style, Siddhartha is a masterpiece by Hermann Hesse. Once read, the book shall haunt the reader for a long time. It is one of those books that goes to evoke fundamental philosophical questions in the minds of the readers. One can keep chewing the contents of the book for years. Written by a western author but the book reflects the fundamental ethos of the eastern minds. It is just not a simple buy, but a life time investment.

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Alex Nodopaka
29 December 09
Siddartha

This book is an extraordinary piece of intelligent literature. A must read for every human being. It is written in simple language dealing with human experiences and emotions and philosophies applicable to any spiritual or metaphysical followers. I also recommend the 1972 movie by the same name. They both were masterpieces back then when I first saw and read them.

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Fantastic, unputdownable

A journey of enlightenment (not to be confused with that of Guatama Buddha). The essence of the novel is that wisdom is something one has to explore and experience for oneself and can not be communicated through words. This novel is one of my all-time favourites. I had read this book in one read. A 5/5 for this book.

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IT IS AWESOME.... The language is so lucid and expressive that you want to know more about Lord Budd...

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