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Modern Classics Siddhartha

byHermann Hesse

Paperback | September 23, 2008

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Hermann Hesse's moving and inspirational chronicle of spiritual evolution, Siddhartha, includes a new introduction by bestselling author Paulo Coehlo in Penguin Classics. Siddhartha is perhaps the most important and compelling moral allegory our troubled century has produced. Integrating Eastern and Western spiritual traditions with psychoanalysis and philosophy, this strangely simple tale, written with a deep and moving empathy for humanity, has touched the lives of millions since its original publication in 1922. Set in India, Siddhartha is the story of a young Brahmin's search 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. Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) suffered from depression, endured criticism for his pacifist views, and weathered series of personal crises which led him to undergo psychoanalysis with J. B. Lang; a process which resulted in Demian (1919), a novel whose main character is torn between the orderliness of bourgeois existence and the turbulent and enticing world of sensual experience. This dichotomy is prominent in Hesse's subsequent novels, including Siddhartha (1922), Steppenwolf (1927), Narcissus and Goldmund (1930) and his magnum opus, The Glass Bead Game (1943). Hesse was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946. Paulo Coelho was born in Brazil and has become one of the most widely read authors in the world. Especially renowned for The Alchemist and Eleven Minutes, he has sold more than 100 million books worldwide and has been translated into 66 languages. If you enjoyed Siddhartha, you might like Hesse's Steppenwolf, also available in Penguin Classics.
One of the most influential writers of our time, Paulo Coelho is the author of many international best sellers, including Adultery, The Alchemist, Aleph, Eleven Minutes and Manuscript Found in Accra. Translated into eighty languages, his books have sold more than 195 million copies in more than 170 countries. He is a member of the Braz...
Title:Modern Classics SiddharthaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:144 pages, 7.8 × 5 × 0.3 inPublished:September 23, 2008Publisher:Penguin UkLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Beautiful book First of all, can we talk about this Penguin Modern Classics edition? The cover is so gorgeous! The book within is just as beautiful. It is a very interesting and compelling story that spans the course of a few decades as we follow the life of Siddhartha, who begins rebelling at a young age to find enlightenment. Unlike The Alchemist, which I feel has similar messages, this book is more plot-oriented - not saying it's better, but it may appeal more to those that aren't into philosophical or 'self-help' enlightenment books. I would recommend this one to everyone.
Date published: 2018-01-09
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of his best I have a deep connection with his work for some reason. This one really gives you insight into the beginning of Buddhism.
Date published: 2017-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Interesting Lots to think about after reading this book.
Date published: 2017-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Read it in one sitting Insightful views into the world of spirituality and wisdom. Sometimes yearning and seeking and searching becomes a routine no different than getting up every day and doing the exact same things. Let us reinvent ourselves everyday in ways that matter
Date published: 2017-03-16
Rated 4 out of 5 by from not at all what i expected This book was suggested to me because i am a yogi, but i am not the type of yogi that is in search of a deeper meaning, i just like yoga. so i went in expecting to find it long and tedeious but i fell in love with this book! it has a simplicity to it that wasn't condescending or judgemental. i've lent it to a few friends since and they all enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-02-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Breathtaking The most beautiful story I've read in a very long time. I would read this book again and again and again. Again when I'm older, again when I've lost my way, again on my death bed, perhaps.
Date published: 2017-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite classic book describes Sidharta (Budha) and his life as he becomes enlightened. Beautifully written.
Date published: 2016-12-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Classic Spiritual journey as novel.
Date published: 2016-12-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Thinking This book really makes the reader think and consider their journey through life. Its not quite as easy an read as The Alchemist but is a similar tale
Date published: 2016-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sublime, Even To A Hitchensian Atheist Easily some of the most affecting, beautifully written prose imaginable. There's a reason this novel holds the status that it does.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 5 out of 5 by from compelling i think this could be read by most or questioning... contemplative and reassuring
Date published: 2016-11-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from a must have ! a beautiful retelling of the grand journey of life .
Date published: 2016-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Classic A classic, must read, and re-read, just beautiful
Date published: 2016-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Contemplative meditations Insightful views into the world of spirituality and wisdom. Sometimes yearning and seeking and searching becomes a routine no different than getting up every day and doing the exact same things. Let us reinvent ourselves everyday in ways that matter.
Date published: 2015-10-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Phenomenal I picked up this book on a whim, I had read and heard a lot about it and thought I would give it a try. I was not disappointed, Hermann Hesse writes in a way that is totally captivating, while using simple, beautiful language. The story of Siddhartha's life is inspiring! I highly recommend this book to anyone!
Date published: 2012-08-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Simply Great!! This was my first novel by the author Hermann Hesse and definitely not my last. Even though it has been so long last i read this book, its memory imprinted on my heart, i will not soon forget. The details and tedious words of description of any book we may appreciate, but we forget, what stays with us is the message behind the words. This, is what makes the book great. They say big things come in small packages, well this book is a testimony to just that. The book itself is rather short, but the thought compacted inside once opened will explode from the pressure. You will indeed be left fully satisfied at the end of reading this novel. I can only express to a certain extent my aggression to share this book with others. Whether you read the book or not, matters not to me, i would however be to blame if after reading this review left you with less a desire to read the book than in the first place. My enjoyment, as i would like to express should prompt your initial action to read, as is intended. Now all that is left say is to read, read, and read like you've never read before.
Date published: 2011-01-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Invitation to the spiritual quest Some of us learn through teachers; others choose the experiential path. Siddhartha, written by Hermann Hesse in 1922, is a fictional account of the latter. A moving and revelatory work made more personally profound by my own life experiences, I reread Hermann Hesse's little novel with greater insight and maturity after three readings in as many decades. Set in sixth century India circa 500 BCE, the novel's protagonist, Siddhartha, the son of an Indian Brahmin, is a contemporary of Siddhartha Gautama, the Buddha. Reluctantly accompanied by his close childhood friend, Govinda (representing his spiritual shadow side), Siddhartha departs from the orthodoxy of brahminic (Hindu) belief to experience deprivation as a wandering sadhu. Yet Siddhartha chafes as a student and yearns to learn experientially. After three years as mendicant monks, Govinda and he encounter the Buddha; Govinda embraces the Illustrious One's teachings about suffering as the result of cause and effect and becomes a disciple. Siddhartha, who encounters the Buddha by himself, rejects further spiritual tutelage and departs alone to experience the world, where he shortly experiences an epiphany that creation is more than shadow and illusion; it is beautiful in itself. It is on this first stage of his solitary journey that he encounters a ferryman, Vasudeva (Charon), who together with his river (Styx) later become significant in Siddhartha's life. No longer a sadhu, Siddhartha encounters a courtesan, Kamala, through whom he intends to learn about carnal knowledge. Their long and intimate relationship becomes the vehicle for his successful career as a rice merchant in partnership with Kamaswami, an avuncular type who, like Kamala, mentors him in the ways of the material world such as possessions, commerce, wealth and status. During the following decade, Siddhartha eventually grows more than satiated with material success and hedonism; he becomes sick (literally 'dis-eased') in his soul (samsara) and seeks release through suicide. Rejecting his material life, he stumbles back to the river, careworn, tired of existence, and intent on drowning himself. In his despair, a childhood spiritual memory returns, the sound of OM; in its repeated pronunciation, he begins the path of inner peace. Divesting himself of his formal life, he apprentices himself to the ferryman and receives both friendship and spiritual instruction through association with the river (representing the eternal now). Siddhartha is the story of one life - it is the story of every life. There comes a point in our existence where we must choose to walk beyond our parents, teachers, and other authority figures and strike out on our own to learn through direct experience. Some, like Siddhartha, embark on this path early; others, like his shadow friend Govinda, never really enter the solitary path and remain lifelong dependants of gurus and other guides, spiritual fledglings more secure as sheep than shepherds. (They are those about which Hebrews 5:12 refers.) In his depiction of Siddhartha, Hesse demonstrates that we are each the captain of our life and the master of our destiny. In choosing to remain dependent on others, we deny ourselves independence of thought. In seeking the approval of others, we deny ourselves self-confidence and maturity of character. Such is the contrast between Siddhartha and Govinda; such is the contrast between the spiritual adherents of mass religious movements of whatever creed and those rare few individuals whom Soren Kierkegaard called the 'chevaliers of the faith'. To those who choose to be receptive and open-minded, Hesse's novel remains a powerful instruction about the spiritual path, from ignorance to enlightenment, from infancy to maturity, from craving to nirvana.
Date published: 2010-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Like a Breath of Air I had high expectations for this book, and I have to say, it definitely delivered. The book follows Siddhartha's life, searching to quench his thirst for knowledge, and it will change the way you process what people tell you. It has made me want to become more in tune with nature and give up my material and vain life. This is a book that you will be thinking about constantly.
Date published: 2009-06-28
Rated 1 out of 5 by from .......... Ok, don't get me wrong the novel has a good point and stuff, but this is without a doubt the most boring novel I have ever tried to read. I say "tried to read" because it is just to hard to focus on, and so repetitive, my mind just wonders well I read it. The only way could take in what I was reading was to read each page at least 3 times. If your looking for a novel that you can be amused with don't try this book. If you think this is a novel you can just read over and over again you have horrible taste and need to be smacked. Thats all i have to say.
Date published: 2008-08-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from It's my new bible!!!! Through all the books I have read. I remember I had to read this for english class for high school. I found it, very spirital and thought provoking. I think anyone can relate to this book, when it comes to love, pain, and suffereing but most of all finding yourself, by going through the trials of life. I have read it 6 times and get something new out of it every time. I would definatley say it is a must read.
Date published: 2006-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A good life lesson Herman Hesse is really among the best writers of the twentieth century. Siddhartha helped me to realize essentials life values that we usually overlook. A good reading for someone who likes philosophy and buddhism.
Date published: 2002-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Everyone is seeking. Siddhartha is a wonderfully crafted story about a man on a quest of knowledge and wisdom. Filled with symbols and metaphors, Siddhartha takes the reader on a journey of self-realization and discovery.
Date published: 2002-02-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant A stunning tale of a man's search for meaning which leads him beyond the paths carved by others. A strong contrast from the Glass Bead Game, but equally enthralling.
Date published: 2001-07-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Too Meaningful Siddhartha is an extraordinarily profound book. The symbolism throughout the story becomes rather tiresome; it made me wish something would actually HAPPEN, as a change from all of these meaningful half-happenings. The book provides a useful outlook on life, however, and it is worth reading-once.
Date published: 2001-06-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Siddhartha One of the most important pieces of fiction ever written.
Date published: 2000-10-07
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great!!! I really enjoyed this novel. It decribes the inner journey in such a new light. The circular plot forces the reader to understand and really look into Siddhartha's journey from the time at his father's place to when he leaves on his own. I highly recommend this book to those who are on their own spiritual path.
Date published: 2000-04-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Siddharta I was drawn to this book because of its connection to Buddhism. Allow Hesse to take you on a journey to discover the meaning and depths of life, the foundation of wisdom and nirvana. A must-read for intellectually growing teens and for those looking for insight into the Eastern way.
Date published: 1999-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Siddhartha Undoubtedly the most profound and thought provoking book I have ever read. A must for anyone who wishes to explore the mysteries of life.
Date published: 1999-06-28