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.
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.
Great book if your are a Buddhist, search for spirituality, or enjoy Eastern culture.
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.
"Siddhartha" is a shimmering, iridescent tale of spiritual quest. It is Nobel Prize-winner Herman Hesse's most famous and influential work.
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.
A relaxing and interesting little page turner about Buddist culture.
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.
This book is exceptional. I loved it and carried some of it with me. Thank you.
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.
The first real text that introduced me to the life of the Buddha. It's a facinating, quick read. A must read.
a very insightful book about life.
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.
this may be viewed as tantamount to sacrilege to some, but i was relatively unimpressed with this book.
I think this book is a MUST READ!
This is a beautifully written book about Siddhartha, a young man who goes on a journey of self-discovery. I found this book a lot easier to read than I expected with lots of words about the meaning of our existence. Published in 1951 in the US and became very influential in the 1960's hippie movement. Experience, the totality of conscious events of a human life, is shown as the best way to approach understanding of reality and attain enlightenment. The novel is structured on three of the traditional stages of life (student, householder and recluse). Lesson learned: "it's not just intellectual cognition, not just learning and knowing, but spiritual experience that can be earned only through strict discipline in a selfless life." If you haven't read Siddhartha yet, you should give it a try as it may enlighten you as the direction of your life.
This book is a Nobel Prize-winner.