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Written in a prose of almost biblical simplicity and beauty,Siddhartha is the story of a soul's long quest for the answer to the enigma of man's role on earth. As a youth, the young Indian Siddhartha meets the Buddha but isn't content with the disciple's role. He must work out his own destiny--a torturous road on which he experiences a love affair with the beautiful courtesan Kamala, the temptation of success and riches, the heartache of struggling with his own son, and finally, renunciation and self-knowledge.

The name "Siddhartha" is often given to the Buddha himself--perhaps a clue to Hesse's aims contrasting the traditional legendary figure with his own conception.

This new edition of the classic Siddhartha includesThe Dhammapada ("Path of Virtue"), the 423 verses attributed to the Buddha himself, which forms the essence of the ethics of Buddhist philosophy.
Publisher: New York : New Directions, 2009
ISBN: 9780811218504
Characteristics: 174 p. ; 21 cm
Additional Contributors: Rosner, Hilda
Babbitt, Irving 1865-1933


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yes there are not many words to read of the novel. there are less words of kafka to read, of his parables: doesn't mean I'd prefer to read them, instead of The Castle, or The Trial, or, The Country Doctor, or America. Don't get me wrong, I think kafka's parables are truly excellent , none better in the world's literature. And Siddartha is a cute, sweet, novel. On the back, we have the Dammapada, the Buddha's treatise in verse form on ethics, as well as on metaphysics. This one's the true miracle of concision.

Aug 28, 2011

The story of a spoiled prince (Siddhartha), who leaves his family and palace to become an ascetic, and his journey through life to finally become a Buddha, or enlightened one. My favourite book by Hesse, easy read.


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