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Siddhartha (Dover Thrift Editions) Paperback – December 23, 1998
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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!
I see myself reading this book many more times in the future, while dense it really was a pleasure to read.