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Siddhartha

3.95 of 5 stars 3.95  ·  rating details  ·  311,982 ratings  ·  8,202 reviews
The classic novel of ancient India. A young man searches for enlightenment.
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 2008 by Red and Black Publishers (first published 1922)
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Lorilee I did not fully appreciate it until the end which filled me with gratitude for having read it. Being a parent, really helped me understand the…moreI did not fully appreciate it until the end which filled me with gratitude for having read it. Being a parent, really helped me understand the complexity of love that comes across so beautifully in this work. I often stopped reading and just sat there thinking. Then I'd reread with delight and contemplate the extraordinary gift of being alive, suffering, and moving into our own power, our own enlightenment. This book makes that all much more understandable.(less)
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Kemper
So there’s a damn dirty hippie in India named Siddhartha who is supposed to be seeking spiritual enlightenment, but instead of going to a good Christian church like a normal person, he wanders around the woods for a while with some other damn dirty hippies. After he meets Buddha, he finally gets tired of being broke-ass and homeless, and he goes into town where he makes a pile of money. This is good because everyone knows that engaging in capitalism is the only proper way to go through life. As ...more
Stephen
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My apologies if this review reeks of "GUSHness." However, it gave me that ONE-OF-A-KIND reading experience that doesn't come along often and so I think it is certainly worthy of the praise I shall heep upon it. Beautifully written and a deeply personal story, Hesse has created the ultimate expression of the journey of self-discovery.

The book details the story of Siddhartha, the young and brilliant son of a Brahmin in ancient India. The Brahmin are the uber revered caste comprised of poets, pri
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Michelle
Whatever. Blah blah blah Samana. Blah blah blah Kamala. Blah blah blah Samsara. Blah blah blah River. Blah blah blah Om.
Paquita Maria Sanchez
If I could turn back time*or perhaps pass through some portal which brings me face-to-face with my 14-year-old self, there are so many books I would recommend to little me, grabbing my shoulders to shake my malnourished frame and insisting that I get to reading them as soon as effin possible instead of waiting until I'm too old and cynical and hyper-critical to appreciate and relate to what they have to say. If this ever is/was the case, this time-warp, today I would probably see a lot more nove ...more
John
I taught this book to juniors, and when I did I became frustrated with a student when I introduced it, because he let his classmates know that he'd already read it and it sucked. I'm happy to report, now that we've finished it, that his comments didn't seem to hurt the class's opinion of the book too badly. In fact, that student himself said it was pretty good and that he'd only skimmed it the last time he read it. Lousy kids.... Another student said it was his favorite book that we'd read so fa ...more
Nandakishore Varma
Most religions know of it as "Enlightenment" - when the individual transcends himself and sees himself as one with the ultimate reality. It can be theistic (the Aham Brahma Asmi - "I am the Brahman" or Tat Tvam Asi - "Thou Art That" of Hinduism) or atheistic (the Buddhist Nirvana, based on the Anatman - "non-soul"); but the person who achieves it, according to all sources, is caught up in profound rapture. To reach this stage, one has to tread an arduous path. Carl Gustav Jung called the process ...more
Sheila
When I edited my high school newspaper, we produced a popular feature called “Phot-O-pinion” where we asked a question about a (sometimes) pressing topic, quoted the student or teacher and snapped their pic. For one issue, at the suggestion of my journalism teacher Mrs. Kelley, I asked teachers to name a book that changed their lives. I can’t remember all the responses, but without hesitation, one teacher told me, “Siddhartha, because it showed me a completely different perspective on life.”

A fe
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Shayantani Das
Dec 31, 2011 Shayantani Das rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shayantani by: stephen's review
When I picked up Siddhartha, I was expecting something totally different. Buddha’s life being not on the list of things I am completely unaware of (the list including sports, business, computer etc), I expected to hear stories which my grandmother told me since I was a toddler. Since Siddhartha is the former name of Gautama Buddha, I thought this was his biography. Hence, I was greatly surprised and confused, especially in parts about Kamala. I know, it makes sense that my grandmother wouldn’t m ...more
J.G. Keely
By the latter part of the 19th Century, the colonial spread of European powers across the world was in full swing. The British ruled India and Australia and had gone to war with China to force opium on the population. Africa, South America, and the Philippines had been portioned out for Western rule and control of resources.

But tyranny does not travel only in one direction, from conqueror to subject. When Medieval European knights returned from the crusades, they brought with them mathematical p
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Megha

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Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol, and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suit on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are
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Dan Schwent
Siddhartha rejects his life as a Brahman's son and goes out into the world in a quest for enlightenment, to live as an ascetic. After meeting Buddha, Siddhartha rejects the ascetic life for a more material one, the life of a merchant, learning the ways of love from a courtesan, and in time leaves that life behind as well. Will Siddhartha ever find what he is looking for?

Normally, a Nobel prize winning book wouldn't get a second look from me. I'm more into people getting pistol whipped and big mo
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بــدريــه  الـبـرازي
" الحكمة شيء لا ينقل الحكمة التي يحاول
حكيم أن ينقلها تبدو دائماً سخيفة ..
المعرفة يمكن أن تنقل "

نقرأ الكثير من نصوص لكن ثمة نصوص
تسكننا ونعبر معها من مرحله القراءة
إلى مرحله فيها مسكن للنصوص بداخلنا
نحس بأن النص يتحدث عنك أنت بذات
ثم نقرأها مرة أخرى لتمنحنا أسرارا جديدة
وآفاقا أرحب ..

سدهارتا .. يبحث بمعنى سعاده ، الحقيقة
الراحة و سر الكون و الحياة . نشرت الرواية
عام 1922 . تدور احداث الرواية في الهند
وتعود إلى زمن البوذا !

رحلة سدهارتا البرهمي الساماني . الذي ترك
بيت أبيه مع صديقه غوفندا . بحثا عن ا
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Sanjay Gautam
It was the book I read it four years back. And to tell the truth I did not liked it much at the time. I thought this guy has written a book for western audience who are not familiar with the 'philosophy of karma and dharma', or rather, in general, the basic philosophy of India, who after reading it will realize something esoteric. And so it seemed to me a book containing wisdom that didn't touched me. And I finished it with the verdict: contains wisdom, but lacks depth, boring at times, and do n ...more
Lithium
Siddartha is an allegory; a story wrapped around the ultimate premise 'Happiness for Dummies'. Okay, maybe not so simplistic, but it deals with the attainment and nature of happiness nonetheless.

Premise

Like its eponymous protagonist, the novel breaks down in several milestones or turning points that signal the development of the story and the growth of the character, marking the changes that have been wrought at each stage by happenstance or when the central character experiences, what they gene
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William1
I really loved this one. It's especially illuminating if you have some understanding of Vedic religion and how that fed developments in Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism, though that's not essential. Set on the Gangetic Plain about 2600 years ago, it's about one man's search for enlightenment. This man, Siddhartha, son of a Brahmin, even in the presence of Gautama Buddha himself, is unable to find a way if it depends on the teachings of others. There is, Siddhartha comes to believe, no single illu ...more
Himanshu
Nov 25, 2014 Himanshu rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Those looking for a quick spiritual tour
Has it ever happened to you that you are standing, facing a magnificent, breathtaking view, in solitude, and a strong wind hits you in the face? You try to stay still, with eyes closed and then an involuntary smile comes across your face? This book was like that.
Afshar
سيدارتها پسر نوجواني است كه براي پيدا كردن شعله حقيقت بي تاب شده و ابتدا زندگي برهمني و بعد زندگي شمني را بر می گزیند.شمن ها همه تلاششان این است که "من" خویش را از بین ببرند.سیدارتها بعد از چند سال در می یابد که اين "من" همیشه همراه او و از بين نرفتني است
زیبایی داستان بعد از این تحول آغاز می گردد
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انسان شاید نه برای افزودن رنج های خویش - که زندگی خود پر از رنج بی شمار است- و نه افراط در لذت طلبی به این دنیا آمده است
هر چیزی که درون آدم وجود دارد چه عقل و چه احساس هایی مثل خشم و غرور و عشق و شهو
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Rakhi Dalal
What would I say about “Siddhartha”? It’s a book; I had long cherished as to read someday. And now when I have read it, how do I feel? Do I feel enthralled? Do I feel that it has added to my knowledge of the unknown and the mysterious? Sadly, I don’t. But then the author doesn’t attempt to do that, does he? He gives an account, of the life, of a seeker. Of how the seeker moves forward in his quest, how he goes through the phases of his life (inspired by the Hindu religion’s Four Ashramas, namely ...more
Florencia
* There may be a little spoiler *

The time: an old one. The place: India.
There's this guy named Siddhartha, who was everyone's love and joy. A wise and decent young man who inspired everyone around him, but himself. He was not content with his life and everything around it, spiritually speaking. He felt it was not enough. And why wasn't it enough? I don't know, but it is in human nature to wonder about the essence of things, like the existence of God, of any god. He was in a better position, tho
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Gorfo
This is the kind of book that people say they like because they're too afraid to admit they don't understand its spiritual mumbo jumbo. First off I thought this book was going to be about the Buddha not some random sinful man who coincidentally shares the same name!

Siddhartha is a patronizing, stuck-up, heartless young brahmin who believes that he's pretty much superior to everyone else around him, despite that fact that his only skills are the ability to "think, pray, and fast" which let's face
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K.D. Absolutely
Feb 24, 2010 K.D. Absolutely rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to K.D. by: 1001 Books You Must Read Before You Die
Shelves: 1001-core
Prior to reading this book, my knowledge of Buddha was limited on what experiences I had while traveling to Asian countries whose population is predominantly practicing that religion. When I had a vehicular accident in a highway in Rayong, Thailand in 2002 my lady officemate showed her pendant with an image of Buddha. To my surprise, it was an image of thin, serious looking and old Buddha. I asked her: "Isn't Buddha supposed to be fat, smiling and surrounded by children?"

This 1922 novel of Herma
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Jana
Frank and I were having a conversation the other night in which we were discussing one of our usual topics: religion / spirituality... though I guess the other favorites (art, film, food, books, money woes, professional woes, traffic rants, geography, bad weather, family woes, music, soccer, our friends and our beloved cats) were probably discussed as well... But we were both expressing our mistrust of inexperience, and how we'd never want to take "wisdom" from someone who hadn't lived a bit. Sp ...more
Mohammed
I knew nothing about this author and the book when i read this. It was refreshing i could let his words decide how i picture him, his works.

It was a novel that worked on many levels for me, storytelling technique wise it was simple but very effective. Prose wise it was written like it was beautiful old colorful poetry, it sang to me. I was moved by the insightful ideas,thoughts in the novel. I cant believe how powerful, important things he said with only 123 pages. Its easily the best book i hav
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Ahmad Sharabiani
717. Siddhartha, Herman Hesse
سیذارتا - هرمان هسه (اساطیر، فردوس) ادبیات
سدهرتها، داستان برهمن زاده ی جوانی است، که به اتفاق دوست برهمنش برای جستجوی حقیقت و دانستن وظیفه ی انسان در زمین، خانه، پدر و مادر را ترک میگوید، به مرتاضان جنگل میپیوندد. در جنگل به فن ریاضت و تفکر به شیوه ی مرتاضان میپردازد، میکوشد تا نفس و موانع راه نیل به حقیقت را، در خود از بین ببرد. ولی هرچه بیشتر در این مرحله پیش میرود، و هرچه بیشتر نفسش را تحت انقیاد درمیآورد، میبیند بهمان اندازه از حقیقت به دور افتاده، میفهمد که ریاض
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Hippo dari Hongkong
Ehm.. "terintimidasi" dan "terprovokasi" oleh seorang Amang yang telah menyelesaikan buku ini (sori, sempet dilibas dulu ama Harry Potter 7, hehe). Awalnya hanya "mark as to read" saja karena sempat melihat bukunya di toko dan berharap mungkin suatu saat akan membacanya. Akan tetapi seorang Amang juga pada hari yang sama melakukan "mark as to read" pada buku ini, akhirnya berunding, tawar menawar (emangnya dagang) dan sepakat untuk membacanya bersama (balik lagi deh ke toko beli bukunya :D)

Awaln
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Lauren
Siddhartha’s choices lead him on a journey into the inner psyche. Siddhartha is open to any experiences that will give him added insight into himself. His approach to achieving enlightenment varies from one extreme to another, from total self-deprivation to complete submission of will to carnal desires. While his approach to attaining enlightenment varies throughout the different stages of his life, one thing remains constant: Siddhartha’s determination to attain self-actualization. Siddhartha c ...more
Meagan Swingle
I think I had to read this in high school and was bored by it, but I gave it another shot, and I really liked it a lot more this time. I think I "get it" more now, 15 years after I read it the first time.

I am drawn to one of the central themes - that everyone's path to enlightenment is different. I am a Christian and that is my chosen path to bring me closer to God and salvation, but I have great respect for other religions, and I can't bring myself to believe that they are "wrong" and I am "ri
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Milo
After having finished this book mere minutes ago I am left feeling enlightened. Herman Hesse's literary prowess and philosophical points resonate within me. This book exudes worldly knowledge that, being of a younger age, I couldn't fully appreciate yet. Nonetheless, like all of us, I have been frustrated with life. I have suffered, felt hate, sought peace, and I too fear the end of this life. Hesse's work has served to quiet my soul and at the moment all I feel is quiet contentment, much like S ...more
Tatiana
Philosophy is not really my thing. It was by far my least favorite subject in school. So it's no surprise that I was extremely reluctant to read anything even remotely philosophical for my reading challenge. Thankfully, "Siddhartha" by Herman Hesse turned out to be much better than I though it would.

"Siddhartha" is a story of a young man who abandons his home and family to search for the essence of his self, for happiness, for peace, for contentment, for Nirvana. He searches for this knowledge i
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Hermann Hesse was a German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature. His best known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, and The Glass Bead Game (also known as Magister Ludi) which explore an individual's search for spirituality outside society.

In his time, Hesse was a popular and influential author in the German-speaking world; worldwide fame only ca
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“Wisdom cannot be imparted. Wisdom that a wise man attempts to impart always sounds like foolishness to someone else ... Knowledge can be communicated, but not wisdom. One can find it, live it, do wonders through it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.” 916 likes
“When someone seeks," said Siddhartha, "then it easily happens that his eyes see only the thing that he seeks, and he is able to find nothing, to take in nothing because he always thinks only about the thing he is seeking, because he has one goal, because he is obsessed with his goal. Seeking means: having a goal. But finding means: being free, being open, having no goal.” 639 likes
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