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Siddhartha: A Novel Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1982
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- Lexile measure : 1010L
- Item Weight : 2.96 ounces
- Mass Market Paperback : 160 pages
- ISBN-10 : 0553208845
- ISBN-13 : 978-0553208849
- Dimensions : 4.15 x 0.45 x 6.87 inches
- Publisher : Bantam (January 1, 1982)
- Language: : English
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,429 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The best thing about this book was that it helped me understand some things about my own journey. Some of the decisions of Siddhartha resonated with me as I have had similar inner thoughts about certain aspects of seeking knowledge and wisdom. I specifically enjoy how he reacted to the Buddah, and while I don’t want to spoil it for anyone who hasn’t read it, his reasons for moving forward - I find - to be very valid. We are our own best teachers, but it does us no good if we can’t realize it and then figure out how to utilize it.
There are so many insightful words and ideas in this book. Some new, some I already knew. The story is gripping and I read the book in 2 long sessions. This is an absolute must read for the knowledge seeker who is already versed in a variety of general writings. This is also a book that could be read every year or two as you progress on your own personal path of inner growth - you’ll take more away from it each time.
One of the most beautiful and telling things about this book was that as Siddhartha progressed through his life, and with all his wisdom, he still learned from others at every chance he could. This is part of becoming a real master of yourself - never assuming you know it all or that others have no knowledge to offer you. I really felt great after reading (and learning from) this exceptional story. It’s more than a story, however. It’s a tool - another piece of the puzzle in discovering who you really are.
On the surface I could describe the book merely as one man's journey to "enlightenment". But that seems so vague and undervaluing of what this book truly is. It is a reflection of self, of life and its ups and down, it's quirks. Each chapter, or even at times, each phrase has become a point of discussion between me and my husband. We are both introverted intuitives and love to pontificate on the depth of knowledge Hermann Hesse lends this Siddhartha character.
So often we read and discuss psychology books or self-help books to really delve into the analysis of life and how to not just deal with but to accept suffering. This book stands alone in its unique understanding and concise verbiage of the path of wisdom that eludes so many of us. It is a true gem in the library of analytical knowledge and discovery of self. A book you could read annually and still never tire of the ever evolving messages and discoveries of self-actualization.
The prose style does take some getting used to with lots of run on sentences and comma splices such such as this example: "Under black hair, which made to tower high on her head, he saw a very fair, very delicate, very smart face, a brightly red mouth, like a freshly cracked fig, eyebrows which were well tended and painted in a high arch, smart and watchful dark eyes, a clear, tall neck rising from a green and golden garment, resting fair hands, long and thin, with wide golden bracelets over the wrists." But overall an incredible read for anyone seeking higher thought.
Upon finishing this book, I was so inspired and still wanting more, I looked up study guides and questions to help me delve deeper. Also learned that it has been made into a movie, twice. Looking forward to watching it & hoping it lives up to the ridiculous expectations I have now :)
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It looks like a cheap version knocked out by Seven Treasures Publications and printed by Amazon. I'm a fan of Hermann Hesse and so it's a shame as I'm sure the proper text is a pleasure to read.
"Hermann Hesse's book SIDDHARTHA is immensely beautiful. It repeats the story of Buddha in a different way, but in the same dimension, with the same meaning. It is unbelievable that Hermann Hesse could write it but could not become a siddha himself. He remained a poor writer – yes, a Nobel prize winner, but that does not matter that much. You cannot give a Nobel prize to a buddha; he will laugh and throw it away. Hermann Hesse was not an enlightened one. He was just an ordinary human being, but in a poetic flight he has written one of the greatest books in the world, SIDDHARTHA."
There's just so much in here that will relate to anyone.
The writing style has such a thought provoking essence to it as well.
What I love the most about this book is how much you become involved with the main character and see how he changes over the course of this book.
Highly recommend it!