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Siddhartha Mass Market Paperback – December 1, 1981
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Hilda Rosner contributed to The Journey to the East from Picador.
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Siddhartha is one of the names of the historical Gautama and while the life of Hesse's character resembles that of his historical counterpart to some extent, Siddhartha is by no means a fictional life of Buddha and his teachings.
Siddhartha is divided into two parts of four and eight chapters, something some have interpreted as an illustration of Buddhism's Four Noble Truths and the Eightfold Path to Enlightenment.
Elements of Hinduism can also be found in Siddhartha. Some critics maintain that Hesse was influenced largely by the Bhagavad Gita when he wrote the book and that his protagonist was groping his way along a path outlined in that text. Certainly the central problems of Siddhartha and the Gita are similar: how can the protagonist attain a state of happiness and serenity by means of a long and arduous path?
Hesse's protagonist, however, seeks his own personal path to fulfillment, not someone else's. It is one of trial and error and he is only subconsciously aware of its nature. Although many see Siddhartha's quest as embodying the ideals of Buddhism, Siddhartha objects to the negative aspects of Gautama's teaching. He rejects Gautama's model for himself and he rejects Buddhism; Siddhartha insists upon the right to choose his own path to fulfillment.
The primary theme of Siddhartha is the individual's difficult and lonely search for self-fulfillment.Read more ›
As the son of a Brahmin, Siddhartha would naturally have enjoyed access to all of the finest lessons and things of life. Knowing of his natural superiority in many ways, he becomes disenchanted with teachers and his companions. In a burst of independence, he insists on being allowed to leave home to become a wandering Shramana (or Samana, depending on which translation you read). After three years or so, he tires of this as well. Near the end of that part of his life, Siddharta meets Gotama, the Buddha, and admires him greatly. But Siddharta continues to feel that teachers cannot convey the wisdom of what they know. Words are too fragile a vessel for that purpose. He sees a beautiful courtesan and asks her to teach him about love. Thus, Siddhartha begins his third quest for meaning by embracing the ordinary life that most people experience. Eventually, disgusted by this (and he does behave disgustingly), he tires of life. Then, he suddenly reconnects with the Universe, and decides to become a ferryman and learn from the river. In this fourth stage of his life, he comes to develop the wisdom to match the knowledge that direct experiences of the "good" and the "sensual" life have provided to him.Read more ›
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It did have some grammar errors, maybe due to translation but that bothered me a little. It was also very short, I think the story would have been even more beautiful had it been... Read morePublished 18 hours ago by Bryanna Riccio
When I began my career in education, a psychology instructor, where I worked, placed SIDDHARTHA on reserve in the college library. Read morePublished 23 hours ago by Turkiye
The story line is awesome! I gave three stars for the copy of the book that I have, as it's riddled with punctuation and grammatical errors. Read morePublished 2 days ago by Shanda
Wonderfully translated, and small enough to carry with me anywhere. Hermann Hesse does an incredible job of indirectly explaining Buddhist philosophy through the narration of... Read morePublished 5 days ago by Sebastian Lloret
Never has there been a more poignant, emotional and lovely story as Siddhartha. Vivid, beautifully translated and completely honest and timeless. A must read.Published 6 days ago by Michael Mullaney
I loved this book. It moved me. The quality of the paperback was excellent and it arrived very quickly.Published 6 days ago by PatsDad
I read this book yet again today, and discovered another layer of truth. A masterpiece that's written in such a simple language, the book deals in great depth with some of the most... Read morePublished 7 days ago by Pawan Mishra
This review is not for the content of the book but for technical issues. The download link to the free audiobook is not working. Read morePublished 7 days ago by Dominic Baldemor