Hermann Hesse, Hilda Rosner
In the novel, Siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the flesh. He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on again. Near despair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound. This sound signals the true beginning of his life -- the beginning of suffering, rejection, peace, and, finally, wisdom.


Reviewed: 2019-04-30
Hermann Hesse has a simple, direct way of writing that is endearing. Siddhartha is a short novel that I read in under a few weeks (I'm a slow reader). It did not leave me wanting more so I give Hermann credit.

The character of Siddhartha was a perfect sort of man who believed in no other man and no other system of thought. He thought that no thing could be taught but had to be individually realized. You couldn't say he was of a sheep's mind.

Siddhartha's "Nirvana" didn't impress me as much as his deep sense of value and his continuous search for peace. He finds it when he stops trying. That is the final lesson he teaches his Buddhist friend. Siddhartha becomes a teacher. Hmm. I didn't care much for that.
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