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Siddhartha (Picador Books) (German) Paperback – 12 Jul 1974


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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Picador; New edition edition (12 July 1974)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0330234811
  • ISBN-13: 978-0330234818
  • Product Dimensions: 19.7 x 0.8 x 13.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (88 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 472,109 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In the shade of the house, in the sunshine on the river bank by the boats, in the shade of the sallow wood and the fig tree, Siddhartha, the handsome Brahmin's son, grew up with his friend Govinda. Read the first page
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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Maria Savva on 5 Jan. 2010
Format: Paperback
Siddhartha, son of a Brahman, is on a quest to find the meaning of life. We follow him as he struggles on through his journey, through many different life experiences. He is on a spiritual journey to find out for himself who he really is. Along the way he meets rich people, poor people, holy people, and becomes part of their world for a short time. Through his many encounters, he learns much more about himself and the world, but for a long time he is still not satisfied and still feels a deep need to strive for more and to search for something elusive.
I think this book is relevant to everyone, because although it is telling the tale of a spiritual and religious man, it is also a tale about life and how our life experiences make us who we are. Many of Siddhartha's feelings and thoughts are common to us all as we make our way along the road of our own lives. This book reaffirms the fact that in the end we are all the same, and someone who has stayed in the same place all their life can be as wise as someone who has spent his life travelling on a long search for the truth. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. Its message appears to be that we are all the same and all of our life experiences whether good or bad, are necessary for us to find ourselves, and even though everyone will go through different things, we are all bonded by the fact that we are on the same journey. I believe everyone who reads this book will be touched in some way by the simple and poignant words. I would recommend this to everyone, it's a very enlightening and though-provoking read.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 31 Jan. 1999
Format: Hardcover
The message of Siddhartha is a personal one. As such, it can't be forced on someone as "required reading". Readers will either find Siddhartha inspirational because of an inherent truth they recognize relative to their own conduct in life, or boring because they find nothing personally relevant below the surface of the simple narrative. Siddhartha is wonderfully concise...if you hate it, its over quickly, and it doesn't require too much investment to revisit years later when your relationship to the story may be profoundly different.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 April 2000
Format: Paperback
This book was bought for me by a friend of mine, and I can never say enough thank you's for it. It is the most amazing read. Once I started it, I truely found I could not put it down, I was compelled to read it, and I will again. From the very first page, it makes you sit up and examine your own life. Do I really know who I am? Before your search of knowledge begins, do you know who you are?
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 Jan. 2000
Format: Paperback
I bought this book in 1991 but didn't read it for another eight years.
In the intervening period, I endured a huge period of depression(for various reasons)from which, after much soul searching, pain and introspection, I finally dragged myself.
It was uncanny how I identified with Siddhartha when I read the book last year. In his quest for inner peace and happiness, he tries many different routes. In the end he finds the answer in simplicity. It was obvious, really...
So forget all those self help books, read this and think. Use your brain and ask yourself some big questions. It won't 'cure' you overnight but it may help you find the sources of your unhappiness... hopefully it won't take you eight years!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By S. Lovat on 4 Sept. 2007
Format: Hardcover
Hesse's work was always concerned with spiritual quests that had a Buddhist 'feel' to them but which, in the early days, were always couched within a largely Christian framework. In Siddhartha he finally nails his own spiritual credentials to the mast as this is a novel about the Buddhist path. Hesse's other great preoccupation was with the tension between the hedonistic and the ascetic life, and this finds it's place here, too. Siddhartha, Hesse's central character, finds just as much wisdom via sensual pleasure as he does via spiritual devotion. In fact, to renounce the sensual world, perhaps one must have experienced it?

This is a book which can take multimple re-readings and certainly gives me something new and inspirational each time I read it.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Andrew J. Keir on 22 Feb. 2003
Format: Hardcover
This novel is about our hero Siddartha's search for spiritual truth and his eventual discovery of a personal philosophy, which leads him to enlightenment and a life free of fear and desire.
Siddartha is also an allegory that can apply to all of us. It teaches us how to have a liberating philosophy for life, which most westerners will very different from their usual modern, materialistic perspectives.
Should you decide to read this wonderful work, it is worth noting from the outset that, though it contains religion, it does not preach the tenets of any faith. It is purely and simply about philosophy.
This book is worth reading for it's own merits, but if you read Hesse's Demian and Steppenwolf first you will get even more benefit from it. These three novels changed my life!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By sez on 19 Jan. 2014
Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
I like the book itself, but this kindle version has quite a lot of typos! A bit off putting when trying to read a book!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 10 Dec. 1998
Format: Hardcover
The first time I read Siddhartha in the 7th grade I foud it to be a confusing, dry book. Now in the 11th grade I have read Siddhartha for the second time. With my second reading of the book I found there was more depth to it than I had previously thought. I found this book to be a very good book to write on, in both my English 11 & 12 classes. I feel the book is an invention to it's readers to start to think.
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