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Hermann Hesse's famous and influential novel Siddhartha is perhaps the most important and compelling allegory produced in the last hundred years. 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 public ...more
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Pranjal Singh It's simplicity.

The book feels so simple in its words but when you finish it you feel wiser and would read it again ... understanding even more.…more
It's simplicity.

The book feels so simple in its words but when you finish it you feel wiser and would read it again ... understanding even more. Although it's from a different culture, the experiences are so common and relate-able.

In life, sometimes it happens that we suddenly stop and become aware of ourselves... the person we have become drifting in the flow of the world and the person we wanted to be. That situation... I learnt how to handle after reading this book. Although, you might learn something else. Something more important to you.

My favourite quote from this book: 'What you search is not necessarily the same as what you find. When you let go of the searching, you start finding.' (less)
Mytokri Hi Prashant,
Yes. In Hesse’s novel, experience, the totality of conscious events of a human life, is shown as the best way to approach understanding…more
Hi Prashant,
Yes. In Hesse’s novel, experience, the totality of conscious events of a human life, is shown as the best way to approach understanding of reality and attain enlightenment—Hesse’s crafting of Siddhartha’s journey shows that understanding is attained not through intellectual methods, nor through immersing oneself in the carnal pleasures of the world and the accompanying pain of samsara. It is the completeness of these experiences that allows Siddhartha to attain understanding.

Siddartha is the spiritual journey of a boy named Siddartha who lived in India during the period of Buddha.The story is based in ancient Nepal,where Siddartha, the son of a brahman leaves his home with his friend Govinda in the search of enlightenment and with the aim of joining the ascetics.

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Kemper
Jun 22, 2010 Kemper rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 100, sky-cake, classic-lit
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
Michelle
Whatever. Blah blah blah Samana. Blah blah blah Kamala. Blah blah blah Samsara. Blah blah blah River. Blah blah blah Om.
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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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
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
John
Nov 02, 2007 John rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Bookdragon Sean
In life we all look for meaning, we all look for something to give us a purpose and, in essence, a reason to actually be alive. Nobody wants to get to the end of their journey and realise it was all for nothing, and that their days were utterly wasted. So how do we find this meaning?

“One must find the source within one's own Self, one must possess it. Everything else was seeking -- a detour, an error.”

We must find our own peace. Siddhartha followed the teachings of others and it granted him ve
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Sanjay Gautam
Dec 22, 2012 Sanjay Gautam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
William1
Nov 15, 2011 William1 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Set on the Gangetic Plain some 2,600 years ago, Siddhartha is about one man's search for enlightenment. 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 illuminated path for all men and women to follow. We must each of us make our own mistakes. We must all suffer, and no warning against it will ever help us. For to live some kind of bizarre life of comfo ...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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Himanshu
Apr 15, 2014 Himanshu rated it it was amazing  ·  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.
Ahmad Sharabiani
717. Siddhartha, Herman Hesse
سیذارتا - هرمان هسه (اساطیر، فردوس) ادبیات آلمانی
عنوان: سیذارتا؛ هرمان هسه؛ مترجم: پرویز داریوش؛ تهران، پرنیان، 1340، در 160 ص؛ چاپ دوم تهران، آبان، 1355، در 160 ص؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، فرزان 1362؛ تهران، اساطیر، 1367، 1373؛ چاپ ششم 1375، در 134 ص؛ چاپ هفتم 1381؛ چاپ یازدهم 1394؛
مترجم: امیرفریدون گرکانی؛ تهران، فردوس، 1373؛ در 155 ص، چاپ سوم 1376؛ چهارم 1381؛ ششم 1385؛ چاپ هفتم 1387؛ شابک: 9645509114؛ چاپ هشتم 1388؛ شابک: 9789643204143؛ تهران، جامی، 1392، در 152 ص؛ شابک:
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Afshar
May 11, 2014 Afshar rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
هنری میلر درباره این کتاب میگوید: سیدارتا داروی شفابخشی است که از انجیل عهد جدید مؤثرتر است

باید اعتراف کنم که سیدارتها مرا هم شفا داد
و یک اعتراف دیگر اینکه،هروقت این ریویوی پایینی را می بینم از خودم شاکی می شوم
چون خیلی ناقصه
شاید یک بار دیگه کتاب رو خوندم و آنچه را از کتاب فراگرفته ام به تمامی در اینجا بیاورم
یعنی کل کتابو
:)

:درمورد کتاب

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
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Duane
What is the meaning of life? I don't know, and you're not going to find the answer in this book, although I've read some reviews of readers who claim it changed their lives, so there you go.
Shayantani Das
Jul 06, 2011 Shayantani Das rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shayantani by: stephen's review
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Sheila
Nov 17, 2008 Sheila rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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Dan Schwent
May 23, 2010 Dan Schwent rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2010, oldies
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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Megha
Nov 07, 2013 Megha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: just-like-that

Old pre-read review

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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Jonathan Ashleigh
Hermann Hesse writes as though his words are god's perspective, but I don't believe in god... And, for the most part, I think god is boring. I believe most people like this book because they think they will look dumb if they don't.
Fabian
Jan 16, 2013 Fabian rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Uber popular and widely read in high schools & colleges all over the US, there is a goldmine of true, deep (om...indescribable?) philosophy in Siddhartha—a constant string of meditation & a neverending search through a thick forest of abstraction. The world is Westernized by the wise writer, and his easy prose is easy to follow, although the concepts take a while to sink in (I mean, how can a person really be devoid of love? How can possessions, even the indispensable ones, be so discard ...more
Anna
May 23, 2017 Anna rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3,5 αστεράκια
Λίγο με απώθησε στην αρχή, αλλά στη συνέχεια αποκτά ενδιαφέρον. Μεταφέρει κάποια μηνύματα ή μάλλον διδαχες που σε βάζουν σε σκέψεις. Γλυκό παραμυθάκι με ένα βαθύτερο νόημα!!
Paradoxe
Dec 31, 2016 Paradoxe rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 STARS

Αυτό το βιβλίο που έμελε να είναι το τελευταίο της χρονιάς με δυσκόλεψε πάρα πολύ στο να βγάλω ένα συμπέρασμα, να του δώσω τη βαθμολογία που του αξίζει. Είμαι σκληρός αλλά προσπαθώ να επαναπροσδιορίζω, να μη γίνομαι απόλυτος κι αδυσώπητος.

Το βιβλίο αυτό λέει την ίδια ιστορία που λένε όλα τα μεγάλα βιβλία για τη φθορά του ανθρώπου τόσο μέσα στο ομοιογενές σύστημα μοναχικότητας, κατάκτησης της γνώσης κι εξεύρεσης του εαυτού, όσο και στην εντονότητα του κόσμου. Δε γίνεται να βρίσκεσαι στο
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هنـاء آلـماضیے
“إن المعنى و الحقيقة لا يحتجبان في مكان ما وراء الأشياء .. إنما هما في الأشياء، فيها جميعا.”




" هكذا تسير الأمور .. كل شيء لم يبلغ نهايته من المعاناة، ولم يبلغ خاتمته النهائية، يعود من جديد، ويعاني الأحزان نفسها. "


"إن النهر في كل مكان في الوقت نفسه .. في المنبع وفي المصب .. في الشلال والمرسى، في التيار والمحيط وفي الجبال، وفي كل مكان.
وإن الحاضر هو وحده الموجود بالنسبة إليه، لا ظل الماضي ولا ظل المستقبل."



" لقد تعلم هذا من النهر .. أن ينتظر وأن يصبر. وأن ينصت.
جلس يصغى في الطريق الأغبر .. ي
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Eva
Dec 05, 2016 Eva rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A really wonderful book. The story of the protagonist is more humanitarian than religious. It is the role of religion to make us feel guilty about our humanity. We look at religious people in awe because they are one step closer to God. I am not a religious person but I understand the need for the existence of religion. People need to have an ideal to strive to. They need to feel that with the right actions and ways of life they may reach a godlike state. I was taught that God made man in his ow ...more
Gorfo
Aug 29, 2010 Gorfo rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic
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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hossein sharifi
Apr 13, 2017 hossein sharifi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Hermann Hesse
SPOILER ALERT

می دونین چی اعصاب آدم رو بهم میریزه؟ اون صدا چیه که دائم توی سر آدم داره مث سوت یک قطار میکشه و ول نمیکنه ؟
شاید همین الان که دارین این متن رو میخونین یک جایی توی ذهنتون دارین به این فکر میکنین که توی اینستاگرام چندتا لایک گرفتین :دی فکر میکنین بیست تا بسه ؟ شاید دارین به کیف و کفشاتون فکر میکنین..! بنظرتون شیک نمیان نه ؟ شاید انقدر شیک هستن که چشم فلانی رو از کاسه در میاره ! مدل ماشینتون قدیمیه ؟ شایدم اصن ماشین ندارین ؟ ماشین جدید میخواین ؟ یا یک گوشی اپل آخرین مدل !؟ میدونین چیه
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Samra Yousuf
How happy we are with the life we are so busy in living?
And how busy we are in thinking all other worldly doings than life itself….
And here Hermann’s Sidhartha points a score over us.
When we look back into years that have passed, the moments that are gone, the memories fading away swiftly, and new ones forming in their place with equal swift, what all these counts are wanting is the incidence of inner-peace. It might be there, ensnared, crumpled, and terse but we never partook the uttermost sens
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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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Pawan Mishra
I read this book yet again today, and discovered another layer of truth. A masterpiece that's written in such a simple language, the book deals in great depth with some of the most complex philosophical, spiritual, and psychological themes, without having to get into intricate framework that these areas typically demand in order to achieve something meaningful.

This is the story of Siddhartha. The story of a full circle of life. The story of everyone; each one of us. The story of a stream of cons
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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.

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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.” 1344 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.” 890 likes
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