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Siddhartha - An Indian Tale
     

Siddhartha - An Indian Tale

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by Hermann Hesse
 

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Translated by Gunther Olesch, Anke Dreher, Amy Coulter, Stefan Langer and Semyon Chaichenets

Siddhartha is an allegorical novel by Hermann Hesse which deals with the spiritual journey of an Indian man called Siddhartha during the time of the Buddha. The book, Hesse's ninth novel, was written in German, in a simple, yet powerful and

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Translated by Gunther Olesch, Anke Dreher, Amy Coulter, Stefan Langer and Semyon Chaichenets

Siddhartha is an allegorical novel by Hermann Hesse which deals with the spiritual journey of an Indian man called Siddhartha during the time of the Buddha. The book, Hesse's ninth novel, was written in German, in a simple, yet powerful and lyrical style. It was first published in 1922, after Hesse had spent some time in India in the 1910s. It was published in the U.S. in 1951 and became influential during the 1960s.

"Siddhartha" means "he who has attained his goals" or "every wish fulfilled". The Buddha's name, before his renunciation, was Prince Siddhartha Gautama, later the Buddha. The main character of Siddhartha in the book is not the same person as the Buddha, who in the book goes by the name "Gotama".

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781605017105
Publisher:
MobileReference
Publication date:
01/01/2010
Series:
Mobi Classics
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
220 KB

Meet the Author

Hermann Hesse (1877-1962) was a German-Swiss poet, novelist, and painter. Profoundly affected by the mysticism of Eastern thought, Hesse’s books and essays reveal a deep spiritual influence that has captured the imagination of generations of readers. His best-known works include Steppenwolf, Siddhartha, Demian and Magister Ludi. In 1946, he received the Nobel Prize in Literature.

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Siddhartha: An Indian Tale 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
5B_Taggart More than 1 year ago
This book was a thought-provoking and emotional journey. I thoroughly enjoyed reading it, and I will definitely read it again. It has layers upon layers of intellectual and spiritual depth.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Siddhartha is a novel by Herman Hess, a 1946 Nobel Prize Winner. The novel is about an Indian man that was born a Brahmin's son . He is not content at being the perfect Brahmin and decides to live with the Semana's. After years of living this way his inner voice speaks to him again. He is not happy at being a disciple and he knew he had to experience life. He leaves the Semana's and becomes a wealthy merchant. He also learned the way of love from a beautiful courtesan named Kamala. Years later, his inner voice spoke to him yet again. He realized that he was no longer happy with his life. He found himself living life wrong and becoming greedy. He learned to subtract the element of time in his life from a ferryman. His son that he didn't know existed later crossed his path when. His son was told to live with him while she lay on her death bed He loved is son like no other, but his son couldn't return his feelings and left him. This made Siddhartha become sad. However, the Om he learned from the nearby river helped him. At the end of the story an old friend crossed his path and he explained some knowledge he has learned about life to him. I enjoyed this story because it gave me a better look at the culture and religion of Ancient India Siddhartha was a truly likable story that managed to help me learn and enjoy the topic in the process. It was extremely easy to get lost in the words of this book. I recommend Siddhartha to anyone that either likes this topic in history or even anyone that had a hard tome understanding the time of the spread of world religions. It should help you understand your confusion just as it helped me.
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