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Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
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Jul 19, 14

bookshelves: german-literature
Read from April 13 to 14, 2011

I'm kind of embarrassed to admit it, but I've never read anything by Hesse before. I usually don't go in for spiritual parable-ish stuff, but this is really wonderful. His writing has this lyrical, fresh-eyed quality to it that very few people writing in German can pull off. You don't exactly have to dig deep to figure out what he's talking about, but I found his direct approach rather refreshing. And it's always nice to be reminded that so much of who we are and what we think takes place entirely in the small spaces within us, and just how paradoxically strong and fragile that makes us. As someone who spent 15 months living in a place where things like Buddhism and the eastern traditions mix with some of the most vain, self-righteous aspects of American culture, I found this refreshingly honest and wistful.
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