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Siddhartha by [Hesse, Hermann]
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About the Author

Hermann Karl Hesse was born on 2 July 1877 in the Black Forest town of Calw in Württemberg, German Empire. His grandparents served in India at a mission under the auspices of the Basel Mission, a Protestant Christian missionary society. Hesse's mother, Marie Gundert, was born at such a mission in India in 1842. In describing her own childhood, she said, "A happy child I was not..." As was usual among missionaries at the time, she was left behind in Europe at the age of four when her parents returned to India. Hesse's father, Johannes Hesse, the son of a doctor, was born in 1847 in the Estonian town of Paide (Weissenstein). Johannes Hesse belonged to the German minority in the Russian-ruled Baltic region: thus his son Hermann was at birth both a citizen of the German Empire and the Russian Empire. Hermann had five siblings, but two of them died in infancy. In 1873, the Hesse family moved to Calw, where Johannes worked for the Calwer Verlagsverein, a publishing house specializing in theological texts and schoolbooks. Marie's father, Hermann Gundert (also the namesake of his grandson), managed the publishing house at the time, and Johannes Hesse succeeded him in 1893.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1930 KB
  • Print Length: 110 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1533047154
  • Publisher: Jaico Publishing House; 1 edition (20 May 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01FZC8DO2
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 133 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #81,883 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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One of my favourite books, that makes you want to go and find the meaning of life. Especially when you live near Milton Keynes.
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I read this book over a decade ago, and hardly understood any of it, but was still swept along by the elegant story-telling, the natural intrigue set up by the premise of a young man in search of wisdom, perhaps enlightenment.

This time around, I found the first part of the book exhilarating: it resonated in a way it had not previously, I felt like I was reading a book brimming with latent truths, and I had been handed the key to understanding them.

Then I became lost again, but pleasantly so, any hard truth or meaning just beyond my grasp, but Hesse's talents carrying the book successfully to its end.

A short book, but deep, like a beautiful pool that is sometimes clear and sunlit.

This particular edition is a very nice slim hardback, of good quality, and should last a lifetime. It will need to...

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This is one of those books that I reread from time to time. Its easy-to-read, beautiful prose along with a compelling, deep philosophical story of the man in search of meaning for his life has made of this book a timeless classic.

I have recommended it countless times to everyone I meet and I will keep doing so.
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This is quite a short novel, which I believe was very popular in the 60's. It contains some interesting concepts and indian philosophy and will appeal to anyone with an interest in meditation, the 'pursuit' of enlightenment or philosophy. I read it perhaps too quickly, and while interesting it did not have a massive impact on me. However I did enjoy it and recommend it to anyone who is interested in this kind of book. I think it will mull around in my head for a while.
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One of the first books I red when starting my spiritual search. It is indeed, the story of each one of us, with all the stages we go through from the moment we are born till the moment we die. The great bit about the book is that it allows mistake, it is not the story of the perfect being, having a perfect life, but of a random person having ups and downs in their search for enlightment.
A brilliant must-read book that brings hope to humanity and delights the restless soul.
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An interesting story with plenty of twists and turns. Read it over three days, but was unable to predict where it was going. Useful tit-bits about dying to self, awareness and contemplation. Certainly not a manual on Buddhism.
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Oh dear! Didn't realize it was in German! I need to buy an English translation.... But I'm sure it will be an interesting read.
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A moving tale of a young man's lifelong quest to rid himself of ego and find peace, enlightenment and spiritual wisdom.

One of those books that really makes you look at life in a different way. I can see myself returning to this book many times.
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