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Siddhartha (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – Unabridged, December 23, 1998
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I won't elaborate any further on the book, I would hate to subtract any of your enjoyment out of reading it yourself, and if you haven't, I urge you to.Read more ›
By buying this Dover Thrift version of the book however, I ended up buying a translation that no one else in my class had (since my professor did not specify which edition to buy). And listening to the professor read his edition of the book, I realized that the translation in this book is actually rather dry and stuffy, lacking warmth and a more conversational-like tone.
Overall, I liked this story and I would read it again, but I would choose a different translation the next time around.
I see myself reading this book many more times in the future, while dense it really was a pleasure to read.
For this text, I was surprised how well the new translation is. I love the Thrift editions and have most of them. They are really very high quality for a low price, but sometimes in order to keep costs down they use very old or clunky translations. This translation is completely new. If you are used to the "Blue Book" that is the classic for Siddhartha and you like this work by Hesse in general, I am confident you will at the very least appreciate this translation and maybe even prefer it to the "Blue Book." The translator understands Buddhism and if you also are aware of Buddhism in a non-superficial sense I believe that you will appreciate the care used in translating Siddhartha's spiritual journey as it is infused with the translator's understanding of the religious/philosophical system.
Other than that, the book cover is beautiful and the feel of the book is great. It makes you really want to consume the work. The introduction is a real intro by the new translator so it is meaningful and not just a few paragraphs of biographical material that is typical with the thrift editions. Overall, well pleased!
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A great little book for those with an interest in Eastern religions.Published 1 month ago by Big Daddy Z. Top
Wonderful story. Herman Hesse is the ultimate storyteller. You FEEL what the characters go through. Will never cease to be meaningful. Classic!Published 6 months ago by Diane R. Wallace