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"No living English-speaking actor outshines Derek Jacobi, nor any audiobook reader for that matter. He sings, rather than speaks, with extraordinary lyricism, expressiveness and depth...Jacobi approached the text with a direct, childlike fervor. He brings home the subtleties of Siddhartha's inner journey with amazing clarity and resonance, which he makes more exciting than the most thrilling thriller." --AudioFile, October/November 1998

"Filled with timeless truths and told so beautifully with images that burn deep into your being, Hesse's novel speaks powerfully to every generation of spiritual seekers. . . . A fresh translation of Siddhartha that offers greater authenticity than any other translation—while still preserving the unique beauty of the original prose."— Branches of Light --branchs of light --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Nobel Prize-winner Hermann Hesse was a German-Swiss poet, novelist and painter who is best-known for his seminal novels Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, and The Glass Bead Game. A child of missionaries, Hesse s writings are heavily influenced by Eastern mysticism, spirituality and the search for self-knowledge, themes that resonated with the hippie culture of the 1960s and which contributed to a resurgence in interest for Hesse s work following his death in 1962. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 110 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Brown (June 7, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1613820836
  • ISBN-13: 978-1613820834
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.3 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,122,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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There is nothing wrong with the original, however this version, published by Simon & Brown, is full of typos and mispellings. For instance, the word "the" will be written twice in a row, or the word "nit" instead of "not." It makes me wonder if the translation is bad also, since I don't have another version to compare it to.
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This is a pretty good book. Short but good. My friend and a Indian acquaintance told me about Sidartha. I first downloaded the audio book but shortly after made the decision to purchase it. Its a great book to lend out to people.
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I have no doubt that Hermann Hesse would find this translation of his masterpiece insulting. The book is replete with grammatical errors, spelling errors, incorrect words, syntax errors, and various other anomalies that expose the amateurishness of the translator, remiss of the editor, and failure of the publisher. Read reviews and find a different version, but read the story nonetheless.
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Without getting to existential, I will simply say that this is an incredible read for anyone. Just a great all around story. So many other reviewers have summarized this so I will just say, BUY IT! You won't regret it.
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Struggling with your relationship and understanding of God? This little novel might just help put questions into perspective. I read this when it was originally published in the 60s and came back to it this year. It profoundly changed my life in my early 20s, and still rings true today.
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I read this for a summer ready project for school and it blew my mind. This book, I can imagine, would be particularly powerful for those who are restless or discontent with life. Although it is a short book, it is a long read because (at least for me) many passages require anotehr read or two to understand the depth of the character and his mien. This is truly a fascinating journey.
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I had an early version and lost it. Then I decided to read it again from another perspective and bought this version. Though informative it too away from the early version. Where it was just the stoy
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