Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse, Joachim Neugroschel & Ralph Freedman

Siddhartha

By Hermann Hesse, Joachim Neugroschel & Ralph Freedman

  • Release Date: 1999-01-01
  • Genre: Classics
Score: 4.5
4.5
From 79 Ratings

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H is for Hesse. A young Brahmin named Siddhartha searches for ultimate reality after meeting with the Buddha. His quest takes him from a life of decadence to asceticism, from the illusory joys of sensual love with a beautiful courtesan, and of wealth and fame, to the painful struggles with his son and the ultimate wisdom of renunciation. Integrating Eastern and Western spiritual traditions with psychoanalysis and philosophy, written with a deep and moving empathy for humanity, Herman Hesse’s strangely simple Siddhartha is perhaps the most important and compelling moral allegory the troubled twentieth century ever produced.

Reviews

  • Life changing

    5
    By rocking j
    I'm 12 years old and I read this book because I wanted something spiritual. I read this book until 3 in the morning and finished it in a day. It is truly a masterpiece, and this translations writing flows so perfectly with the moods of the book. The only other book that has changed me this much must be a river runs through it. Though they are from different times, both Norman McLean and the man named siddharta are haunted by waters.
  • A great book but not his best

    3
    By Ledflashing
    Hesse was a visionary and his is the gateway. But if you have a grip on Buddhism already try the glass bead game ... Which isn't on iBooks yet, and that is mainly why I'm making the point. We all agree Hesse is a worthy author, so get the Nobel willing stuff up in here.
  • The Best Book Ever Written

    5
    By fiercelyindependent
    I needn't say any more. This book is life changing.