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Siddhartha
Siddhartha
Author: Hermann Hesse, Hilda Rosner (Translator)
This classic novel of self-discovery has inspired generations of seekers. With parallels to the enlightenment of the Buddha, Hesse's SIDDHARTHA is the story of a young Brahmn's quest for the ultimate reality. His quest takes him from the extremes of indulgent sensuality to the rigors of asceticism and self-denial. At last he learns that ...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780553208849
ISBN-10: 0553208845
Publication Date: 1/1/1982
Pages: 160
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3.8 stars, based on 340 ratings
Publisher: Bantam Classics
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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In the novel, Siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the flesh. He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on again. Near despair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound. This sound signals the true beginning of his life--the beginning of suffering, rejection, peace and, finally, wisdom.
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i'm glad i HAD to read this book for philosophy class. I'd tried to read it once before and got bored with it. but after i read it twice for class, i found it one of the most beautiful and moving books i've ever read.
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Great book if your are a Buddhist, search for spirituality, or enjoy Eastern culture.
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Full of sensory images and rich description. Kind of stalls in some point. It can be dubbed as a self-help book, which I don't like, but subtly enough to be enjoyable as the classic it is.
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awesome book for anyone who's ever been unsure of what their purpose in life is. its quite wordy and sort of repetetive, but still so beautiful that it's worth it.
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My son was required to read this book as all freshmen were who entered the University of Virginia. I read it after he did and found it so thought provoking that I read more of Herman Hesse's books and his life.
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This book had been recommended to me multiple times, and I know many people who love it. However, I had a hard time getting through it. Its emphasis is more so a spiritual/philosophical message (which my friends tell me has meant different things to them at different points in their lives which is why they often reread it), but I just couldn't connect to the plot or the writing style.
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I'm still reading this book for my religious studies class but I really like it so far. It poses very real questions about what we as individuals consider sacred and how we view ourselves in relation to the divine. I can't wait to see how it's going to end just because I don't think there are any answers.


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