- Mass Market Paperback: 160 pages
- Publisher: RHUS; Reissue edition (1 December 1981)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0553208845
- ISBN-13: 978-0553208849
- Product Dimensions: 10.6 x 1.1 x 17.4 cm
- Average Customer Review: 321 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Siddhartha Mass Market Paperback – 1 Dec 1981
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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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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.See all Product description
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"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."
Herman Hesse, the noble laureate, in Siddhartha, has tried to convey that knowledge is transferable, but wisdom is not. Wisdom can only be experienced by oneself,can't be acquired from some one in the form of knowledge. The tag line is experience is the real Guru.
A very different way of writing style and the best part is that I find the content quite engaging. At the same time, it will induce many thoughts inside you while reading, and you will re-read the phrases to make sure that you understood it correctly.
Definitely, this is not for all. It brings out a different taste of spiritual philosophy which might give you a bitter taste in case you are not accustomed to this type of story telling. Still, you can try your hand, bitterness kills many viruses, and it will work on your mind with out letting you know.
He creates pictures in front of you with his language and thoughts and helps you experience what the boy has gone through, how the boy attains enlightenment and has a fulfilling journey. There are many books on Siddhartha and this is definitely one of the best. There is however, some issue with the translation and I had to let go of strict sentence formation. Deducting one star for that. Message is more important that the language and therefore translation issue can be ignored if you want to get the essence of this book.