Siddhartha

Siddhartha

An Indian Poem

Book - 2008
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Publisher: New York : Modern Library, 2008, c2006
Edition: Modern Library pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780812974782
0812974786
Branch Call Number: Fiction
Characteristics: xxii, 129 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Bernofsky, Susan

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ranvapa
Nov 20, 2018

I was underwhelmed by this book.
The language is overly flowery. The message is simplistic.
Maybe a product of its time.

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 16, 2018

Siddhartha takes the reader on a spiritual journey inside the mind of a troubled devotee to the Hindu faith. By being brought up with high education, the main character Siddhartha has been allowed to form the basis of his belief but he sets out in the world yearning for a more substantial meaning to his faith. Written in the early 20th century, Siddhartha poses many philosophical arguments that can be transcribed to our current day-to-day life. For much of the novel, Siddhartha is struggling with who he is as a person. He takes many different paths in life in a desperate attempt to help fill this void but ultimately reaches a conclusion which satisfies not only him but the reader as well. Hesse’s novel has been the subject of countless translations, awards, and use in popular culture. It has been a staple in classic literature and after reading it, it makes sense why! So if you want to challenge yourself, and explore within you what defines you as a person, read Siddhartha and obtain everlasting knowledge.
@LordoftheBooks of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

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NaMe24
Sep 16, 2018

This was on my short book classic recommendation list. I enjoyed it especially as it got towards the end. I can't remember the quotes but I loved the idea that you can only experience wisdom as opposed to being taught it.

RogerDeBlanck Jul 27, 2018

Hermann Hesse’s timeless classic is one of the greatest novels of self-discovery ever written. The character of Siddhartha represents the legendary historical figure of the Buddha himself, Siddhartha Guatama, who devoted his life to the fulfillment of self-understanding and spiritual release. The ideas Hesse expresses through the character of Siddhartha are reminiscent of the paths that many Eastern religions, such as Buddhism, endeavor upon to reach ultimate self-knowledge while renouncing worldly possessions. Hesse’s fluid prose and transcendent philosophy masterfully convey the anguish and adversity Siddhartha faces in pursuit of cleansing his body and mind of desire in an effort to merge with the greater spiritual forces of the cosmos. Arguably Hesse’s most important piece of writing, this short novel has been and will probably remain his most popular for centuries to come due to its brevity, inspiration, and accessibility. Readers will finish this book feeling uplifted and rewarded with a new perspective on how to approach and appreciate the value of life.

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bluzlbee
Apr 11, 2018

Good clean, poetic writing

Talks about Buddhist aspects without making it complicated

A good introduction to seekers of truth

Story flows from start to finish

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humming
Sep 27, 2017

Definitely a keeper to reread occasionally just to notice the growth of my own "understanding" and application of the principles of the Oneness path. Recommend simply experiencing the story without trying to understand it.
I appreciate any writing, art, music that open my heart to more joy, peace and love!

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Sep 20, 2017

The book is a story about Siddhartha, the story of a young man who is the son of a Brahmin. Siddartha, seeking to gain enlightenment, leaves his father and the future that his father had set for him. Siddhartha has various interactions in which he learns more about the meaning of life. First, he finds a Buddhist group that believes that the physical world is the direct source of pain and that the material world does not provide meaning. He then meets with Kamala, who teaches him about affection and love. He also learns about the art of trading with a wealthy trader named Kamaswami. Siddhartha abandons his lifestyle of lust and greed and becomes angered with himself, considering suicide. At the end of the journey, Siddhartha realizes the true meaning of life and achieves enlightenment. Siddhartha found that time did not mean anything and that wisdom can only be achieved through experience. Siddhartha could not find wisdom by asking others but through the combination of all the events that occurred in his journey to enlightenment. I think that this story is somewhat relatable to everyone. I would rate this 4/5 stars.
- @SuperSilk of the Teen Review Board of the Hamilton Public Library

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kwsmith
Feb 24, 2017

A young man living in India struggles to find true meaning in his ordinary life. The obvious allegory is that Siddhartha's life closely follows the life of Buddha. This fascinating Nobel Prize winner contains many gems of wisdom (ironically the book teaches that true wisdom must be experienced and cannot be communicated). I found the writing style very accessible and at times almost poetic.

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kaiseryang7
Dec 12, 2016

I am not Buddhist, but intuitively felt that this book held some of the secrets to the meaning of life. The author had a nervous breakdown while mid-way through composing this poetic prose, and I could tell why. Some of the lessons are inscrutable, but seem to bear the ring of truth. Reading this short book felt like a warm meal after fasting.

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rlvinthe415
Oct 18, 2016

A simple book with a powerful message, I found Siddhartha a poetic tribute to Buddhism. I did not like how the book was so driven by a single character. I prefer a story with multiple viewpoints. For a more action oriented tribute to Buddhism, read Buddha by Osamu Tezuka.

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Fortunate son Siddhartha discards his earthly pleasures to seek inner peace living the life of a wandering ascetic.

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