Siddhartha

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Bantam Books, 1971 - Fiction - 152 pages
The classic novel of a quest for knowledge that has delighted, inspired, and influenced generations of readers, writers, and thinkers--a perennial favorite for graduation gifts.

Nominated as one of America's best-loved novels by PBS's The Great American Read

Though set in a place and time far removed from the Germany of 1922, the year of the book's debut, the novel is infused with the sensibilities of Hermann Hesse's time, synthesizing disparate philosophies-Eastern religions, Jungian archetypes, Western individualism-into a unique vision of life as expressed through one man's search for meaning.

It is the story of the quest of Siddhartha, a wealthy Indian Brahmin who casts off a life of privilege and comfort to seek spiritual fulfillment and wisdom. On his journey, Siddhartha encounters wandering ascetics, Buddhist monks, and successful merchants, as well as a courtesan named Kamala and a simple ferryman who has attained enlightenment. Traveling among these people and experiencing life's vital passages-love, work, friendship, and fatherhood-Siddhartha discovers that true knowledge is guided from within.

 

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Just loved the way Siddhartha was written: beautiful words, peaceful rhythm, simple plot, and so many "quotable" passages that gives you a lot think about it. This one still top of my head! When ... Read full review

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User Review  - Beth Moffett - Goodreads

A wonderful little book about a man's spiritual journey for the meaning of life. What I like about the book is the inner struggle with the world he lives in of suffering, lust and greed, including the ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
13
Section 3
25
Section 4
37
Section 5
45
Section 6
63
Section 7
75
Section 8
87
Section 9
101
Section 10
117
Section 11
129
Section 12
139
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About the author (1971)

Herman Hesse was the author of Siddhartha, Steppenwolf, and The Glass Bead Game. He received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1946.

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