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Text: English (translation)
Original Language: German
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  • Series: Dover Thrift Editions
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Dover Publications; Advance Review Copy edition (December 23, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0486406539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0486406534
  • Product Dimensions: 0.5 x 5.2 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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57 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Michael Cunningham on December 19, 2011
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I just finished reading Siddhartha, and I can safely say without a shadow of a doubt, that it is now my favourite book. It's simply amazing that this was published in 1922, it is a timeless breath of simplicity and creativity. Herman Hesse was known for writing semi autobiographical novels, and this one is no exception; the character Siddhartha is even recognised for his writing ability at one stage of the novel. Siddhartha is heavily influenced by Hesse's close relationship with the great Swisse psychologist Carl Jung, and it is a treat to experience the archetypal imagery that Hesse manages to bring to life with sheer mastery. The novel reads like an old mythic tale, told with simple descriptive prose, and playful dialogue: the characters even refer to themselves in the third person! While reading Siddhartha, I couldn't help but picture the novel's world as being hand drawn, like the old drawings of the Buddha and the Hindu and Buddhist mythologies of old. The book is divided into three parts, which symbolically follow Siddhartha's birth, death, and rebirth. The Siddhartha in the novel is not related to the Siddhartha Gautama (Buddha), but he exists in the same time as him, and the two cross paths in the book. Even though they are unrelated, and the story hasn't much to do with the Buddha, the novel implies that the Buddha exists everywhere and in everyone and is merely a representation of the enlightenment available to anyone, at any moment. Whether it be at the moment of physical death, sickness, wealth, sadness, or simply holding and looking at a rock, one is capable of `waking up' and seeing the inter connectedness of everything.

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.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By L. Brown on October 10, 2012
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I read Siddhartha for the first time for a college class I'm taking called "The Hero's Journey." (It's a class that explores Jungian ideas and the concept of the hero's journey, so I thought that this book fit right in.) I thought the story was interesting and thought-provoking and I would be interested in reading it again for myself when I'm not so pressed for time. Those interested in finding meaning their own lives may find this book similarly enlightening, as some of Hesse's ideas contain a great deal of wisdom. The text itself is short, but if you truly want to get into it, you can expect to invest a fair amount of time into it.

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.

~A. Brown
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jess on February 26, 2014
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The only thing that confused me at the beginning was that Siddhartha met the Buddha. I was concerned because Siddhartha is the first name of Buddha, but after reading the intro, I understood that the protagonist was someone entirely different. After clearing that up and realizing that I was not reading about the path of Siddhartha Gautama, I finally got to let the story sink in. It is one of the most spiritual writings I've ever read, and it resided harmoniously with my own views.I learned a lot throughout the journey, but I have to say that finding peace with the river (and nature) had to be the most rewarding part.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Nathan H. on February 23, 2015
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For a short book, it took me weeks to get through. I could only digest a couple of pages a night! It is full of though-provoking prose that applies to many aspects of life, and I really enjoyed it.

I see myself reading this book many more times in the future, while dense it really was a pleasure to read.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By G. Sanchez Estrada on December 7, 2011
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This is one of the best books I've ever read. Profound, beautifully written, elegant and deep. I love this book, and I think everyone should read it at least once.
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By Merlin on February 27, 2003
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Infact it's been written by a German. It doesn't get you into eastern spirituality: it's a man's life tale. More common than it might seem.
If feel like becoming a buddhist after reading this, then take a peak at R.Bach's "Johnathan Livingston" novel, or Paulo Cohelo's "The Alchemist". You'll find a common pattern.
And maybe read something about Hermann Hesse, the period he lived, the theosophy and the overwhelming romantic quest for the sublime.
And have a good life.
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By Kuban1763 on November 30, 2010
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I really enjoyed this book. If you are interested in a fast read with a meaningful concept, read this book. I appreciate how his journey was not typical of an enlightened man who finds the realizations of life through obvious or direct ways. Siddhartha had to work and live to find the meaning of his life and how those around him fit into that.

I found this book through what others have bought on this site. Please comment if you have any suggestions on any books that are good as well. Thanks!
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By Sarah Schu on April 25, 2014
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I love, love, love Siddhartha. This book really spoke to me. There are so many amazing quotes and lessons to be pulled from this novel. I recommend this to any and everyone. Especially those traveling, living simple life and those trying to find themselves in this big, big, world.
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