An Indian Tale


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Siddhartha by Herman Hesse









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An Indian Tale


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An allegorical novel that follows the spiritual journey of an Indian man called Siddhartha during the time of Buddha (6th century B.C.). Beginning with the main character's departure from his Brahmin home the search for enlightenment takes Siddhartha through a series of changes and realizations.

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ed, unsown cloak. He ate only once a day, and never something cooked. He fasted for fifteen days. He fasted for twenty-eight days. The flesh waned from his thighs and cheeks. Feverish dreams flickered from his enlarged eyes, long nails grew slowly on his parched fingers and a dry, shaggy beard grew on his chin. His glance turned to icy when he encountered women; his mouth twitched with contempt, when he walked through a city of nicely dressed people. He saw merchants trading, princes hunting, mourners wailing for their dead, whores offering themselves, physicians trying to help the sick, priests determining the most suitable day for seeding, lovers loving, mothers nursing their children--and all of this was not worthy of one look from his eye, it all lied, it all stank, it all stank of lies, it all pretended to be meaningful and joyful and beautiful, and it all was just concealed putrefaction. The world tasted bitter. Life was torture.

A goal stood before Siddhartha, a single goal: to become empty,

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For all the confused people: this is not a story on the perhaps most widely known Siddhartha, the Buddha.
This is another person with the same name. Gautama in the story is the Siddhartha y'all are talking about.

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"TOTALY WRONG. He was born in Nepal in Lumbini, and he "

Thought it said it was an "allegorical" novel. Thought that meant it was metaphorical in nature.
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I have been highly recommended by one of the book lover about this book and very amazed to found a brief information about Siddhartha which absolutely not right. which I accept that the author might be misguided but still wonder whether the author has made any excuses yet after knowing the facts!!!
Okay, first off all the whole story on this book about siddhartha is wrong............. TOTALY WRONG. He was born in Nepal in Lumbini, and he was the prince of Lumbini at that time............. and he was not son of any BRAHMAN. He was son of Shakya "which means current Shrestha" I think writer have to go to the birthplace of Siddhartha Gautam Buddha and consider rewriting the book again.
One of the greatest works of fiction of all time written by the greatest author of his time. I have read Siddhartha four times and like Maugham's Razors Edge it is impossible to read it too often. There is not a sufficiency of superlatives in the authors native German or in our language to describe or accurately praise Hesse or his work.
Those of you who have never read this exceptional book do yourselves a favor and commence doing so now. If there is one word which describes Siddhartha it is ennobling.
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This is one of the best books that i know, I like the way that explain the human desire to known itself...
Beautiful book, couldnt have captured the inner thirst better and more concisely than this. Loved it.
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