Siddhartha

Siddhartha
An Indian Tale

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Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

Published:

1922

Pages:

108

ISBN:

0142437182

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Siddhartha
An Indian Tale

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4.25
(20 Reviews)
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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uhhhhh this book is okay i kind of like it...it is very simple but the beginning is kind of boring...im reading it in my High School (Sophmore Requirement Book). It's nothing like what i usually read but im just trying to bare with it. The middle is kind of good though =]
Truly one of the most influential books I have ever read. I return to it every few years, not because the book has changed but because I have.
Probably one of the greatest story you can read. Its language simple yet thoughts provoked profound.

Hesse captured an essence of Buddhism in a mortal's quest for salvation. Taking a leaf from Buddha's life and philosophy, the character Siddhartha's worldly odyssey led eventually to his spiritual discernment of reality, the nature of life and true happiness.

The English version is flawless. Unruffled reading with subtle imageries. Inspirational.
this is a great novel by Herman Hesse. The author takes us back in time and decoratively describes the journey of a young man to salvation, the path of which is unique to each individual.
Good short book. Very simple (almost Biblical) language. An easy read, and has a good message. Highly recommended (for non-German speakers). NJD
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An allegorical novel which deals with the spiritual journey of an Indian man called Siddhartha during the time of the Buddha.

The book was originally written in German, using simple, powerful and lyrical language. First published in 1922 after Hesse had spent some time in India, it became quite influential during the 1960s.

"Siddhartha" means "he who has attained his goals". The full name of the Buddha was Siddhartha Gautama.
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