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Random House, Inc.
The classic novel of a quest for knowledge that has delighted, inspired, and influenced generations of readers, writers, and thinkers—a perennial favorite for graduation gifts.

Nominated as one of America’s best-loved novels by PBS’s The Great American Read

Though set in a place and time far removed from the Germany of 1922, the year of the book’s debut, the novel is infused with the sensibilities of Hermann Hesse’s time, synthesizing disparate philosophies–Eastern religions, Jungian archetypes, Western individualism–into a unique vision of life as expressed through one man’s search for meaning.

It is the story of the quest of Siddhartha, a wealthy Indian Brahmin who casts off a life of privilege and comfort to seek spiritual fulfillment and wisdom. On his journey, Siddhartha encounters wandering ascetics, Buddhist monks, and successful merchants, as well as a courtesan named Kamala and a simple ferryman who has attained enlightenment. Traveling among these people and experiencing life’s vital passages–love, work, friendship, and fatherhood–Siddhartha discovers that true knowledge is guided from within.

Baker & Taylor
Blends elements of psychoanalysis and Asian religions to probe an Indian aristocrat's efforts to renounce sensual and material pleasures and discover ultimate spiritual truths

Blackwell North Amer
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.

Publisher: Toronto : Bantam, 1971
ISBN: 9780553208849
Characteristics: 152 p. ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Rosner, Hilda


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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

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!

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

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.

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.

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.

Mar 17, 2016

Abit to Freudian for my tastes but it makes sense during the time it was written that it Sigmund Freud's ideas would have a lot of weight. None the less still an okay read.

Apr 08, 2015

A simple story beautifully told.

slothsrule Dec 09, 2014

Written in 1922 by the German author Hermann Hesse, about a young man and his coming of age story in quest of a spiritual truths and enlightenment. Many of the themes are timeless and definitely an insightful (and short read).

Apr 15, 2014

Once I read this book back in High School, I began to read on a regular basis. I also became a fan of an author for the first time.

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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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