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This classic novel of self-discovery has inspired generations of seekers. With parallels to the enlightenment of the Buddha, Hesse's Siddhartha is the story of a young Brahmn's quest for the ultimate reality. His quest takes him from the extremes of indulgent sensuality to the rigors of ascetism and self-denial. At last he learns that wisdom cannot be taught - it must come ...more
Hardcover, 154 pages
Published December 12th 1976 by Amereon Limited (first published 1922)
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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)
Prashant Everyone goes through different paths in life, no one knows why we were given few set of paths to start with. Irrespective of the paths that we take…moreEveryone goes through different paths in life, no one knows why we were given few set of paths to start with. Irrespective of the paths that we take and the happiness/sorrow that we feel through the path, all we need to make sure that we are spiritually evolved through the course of life.(less)

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Kemper
Dec 04, 2013 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
Sanjay Gautam
Oct 28, 2015 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
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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Ahmad Sharabiani
717. Siddhartha, Herman Hesse
سیذارتا - هرمان هسه (اساطیر، فردوس) ادبیات آلمانی
عنوان: سیذارتا؛ هرمان هسه؛ مترجم: امیرفریدون گرکانی؛ تهران، انتشارات فردوس، 1373، در سیزده و 172 ص؛ چاپ ششم 1385؛ شابک: 9643201821؛
سدهرتها، داستان برهمن زاده ی جوانی ست، که به اتفاق دوست برهمنش برای جستجوی حقیقت، و دانستن وظیفه ی انسان در زمین، خانه ی 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.
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Sheila
Dec 01, 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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Shayantani Das
Dec 31, 2011 Shayantani Das rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Shayantani by: stephen's review
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Megha
Sep 12, 2016 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.
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.
Afshar
Sep 28, 2015 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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Himanshu
Nov 25, 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.
Dan Schwent
Feb 08, 2011 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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William1
Sep 25, 2016 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
Fabian
Jan 10, 2017 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 indispensible ones, be so discard ...more
❁ بــدريــه ❁
" 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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Matthieu
Jul 02, 2009 Matthieu rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Eh.
Ruchita
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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Gorfo
Sep 02, 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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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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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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нαиα'α
Jan 10, 2017 нαиα'α rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
“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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Srividya
Rating is for this translation and does not in any way mean that this book is bad. The book by itself, in terms of content, deserves a 4.5 star rating.

Two days ago, just before starting this book, I got up with a thought in my mind. Not caring that I hadn’t even brushed my teeth and not even acknowledging my daughter’s love filled good morning, I rushed to my computer to write down what I had thought of. The words went like this;

“There comes a time in every man’s life
To wage a war within and wit
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Matthias
Feb 10, 2016 Matthias rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: my-reviews
I must admit I had expected more of this (I always considered Hesse's Steppenwolf an all-time favorite). But I have myself to blame, as I had been warned by the title: this is a poem, but I couldn't stop myself from reading it as if it were a novel. This book doesn't explain, it sings. And I guess I don't really like the tune.

There are a lot of dreamy passages, metaphors and Sansaras of reasoning. We run, life runs, the river runs, we run in the river of life running in the rivers within us. Th
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João Fernandes
Oct 05, 2015 João Fernandes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nobel
"I was released from the asylum a few days after completing this book. I still remember the sunny morning when I could see my barred window from the outside. I thought of the supposedly crazy people who had revealed to me that they had decided to be locked away from the world because it was too difficult for them to deal with it. And I thought of Siddhartha, who had managed, by plunging into the very core of life, to find his way. I took a deep breath that morning, a breath that sought all the s ...more
Negativni
Jan 15, 2016 Negativni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jedan dio romana odlično sumira cijeli problem s misticima filozofima. Siddhartha je uočio grešku, odnosno nelogičnost u Buddhinom učenju. Pokušat ću sumirati da sve ne prepisujem. Buddha uči kako je svijet deterministički * :

"svijet prikazuješ kao savršeni, nikada i nigdje prekinuti lanac, kao vječni lanac, sastavljen od uzroka i posledica [...] neovisan od slučajnosti [...] jedinstvo svijeta, povezanost svih zbivanja, obuhvatanje svega velikog i malog istim tokom, istim zakonom uzročnosti nast
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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.” 1272 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.” 848 likes
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