Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

A simple, well narrated book dealing with almost every stage of life a person goes through, Siddhartha by Herman Hesse is a breeze to read, but is more enriching if you  can go beyond the written words. The book talks about many factors that influence our decisions, our struggles in life, our experiences and the various lessons we learn throughout the journey of life.

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The story of begins as young Siddhartha runs away from his home and a lavish life to find answers to some questions that bothered him continually. He gains experiences and knowledge in his life journey and Siddhartha is never the same after each different stage of life. But it is so much more than the story of a boy who is in search of himself and the Truth, the book contains all the learning we need to have in order to live our life in the best possible manner, and the book does it without making it sound like a preaching. This book somehow teaches you that there are no insignificant people or things in life, they are there for a particular reason, which may not be visible at first, but will be unraveled as you move ahead in life.

This is definitely a book not only worth reading, but also worth owning. It makes a mark on your spirit, changes the way you look at life and makes you live a little bit more. This journey of self discovery is so relate-able, we can all find pieces of ourselves in Siddhartha.

“Was there still any kind of filth he had not soiled himself with, a sin or foolish act he had not committed, a dreariness of the soul he had not brought upon himself? Was it still at all possible to be alive?”

 

Herman Hesse, according to the wiki, was a German poet, novelist, and painter. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game, each of which explores an individual’s search for authenticity, self-knowledge and spirituality. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature, “for his inspired writings which, while growing in boldness and penetration, exemplify the classical humanitarian ideals and high qualities of style”.

 

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Writing to me is therapy, it frightens and comforts at the same time. Liberates like nothing else. A book in my own name is a dream, but a bigger dream would be to write something that haunts the reader even after the last page is turned and the book is shut. I enjoy reading and music, spending time with family whilst battling my social awkwardness.

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15 thoughts on “Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

  1. Absolutely one of my favorite of all times . . . SUCH a Great Book.

    AND – YOU are such a wonderful friend.
    love & love,
    -g-

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