Siddhartha Book Reviews

Hermann Hesse

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse Book Summary

Hermann Hesse wrote Siddhartha during a period in his life in which he suffered what he described as a “sickness with life.” He claimed to be unable to complete the book because he had not experienced the kind of nirvana that Siddhartha, the main character, wants to achieve—so Hesse surrounded himself with sacred Buddhist and Hindu teachings and lived as a recluse in order to complete this work.

Siddhartha is a short, simple tale of a man’s quest to achieve enlightenment and happiness. Over twelve short chapters the reader follows Siddhartha through his time as a young adult, to his exploration of spirituality as a traveling ascetic, to his delvings in lust, business, and greed, to his time as an old man. At each stage of his life Siddhartha yearns for nirvana, finally achieving it only after realizing that it’s all of life’s experiences that form it, not the teachings of any one man.

Today Siddhartha remains an influential text in new Western spirituality.

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Book Name Siddhartha
Genre Classics
Language English
E-Book Size 1.47 MB

Siddhartha (Hermann Hesse) Book Reviews 2023

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A Singular Spirituality. The meandering path to a peaceful life is truly a personal one. What will leave one person content and at peace, will only fan the flames of longing in another. That individuality makes wisdom something that cannot be passed from one person to the next. I think this insights are what Hesse is trying to get at in Siddartha. Moreover, even the individually selected journey to a heightened personal spirituality will always be incomplete. Accepting the inability to know all, see all, feel all things, is still live a life worth living, may in fact be the true nirvana. A freedom from in its own way. Hesse is also asking, no, searching for the delicate balance of nirvana. Personal growth through feeding the soul, improving the mind, and satisfying the body. Each awakening requires a death and rebirth of a part of the self. That process is so singularly spiritual and what makes Siddhartha a compelling read.

Rarified greatness. Mesmerizing in its scope and depth

Oneness. This is a must read for all. Life changing.

Thoughtful read. A book that begs a reread!! So, read it, then, read it again. A book of “words” that may contain something for someone who is....seeking, searching...nay, finding...

His journey is my journey. It brought me 95 pages closer to the oneness we all crave

Great book, with concise but deep thoughts. A short story with full of wisdom.

Life Changing. A GEM of a book! Wonderful, one of the best works I’ve ever read in my life. When you read this, let the story seep into your life, surrender to the ebb and flow of the story. Let it change you for the better!

amazing. such a great book, siddhartha is THAT guy

I’m crying. I’m far from your accomplishments Sid so I’m happy we are one.

Truly touching and wonderful.. This book and the content there in are like some kind of healing salve for the soul.

Astonished. In honesty, I’m amazed. Although, I naturally rate every book with five stars with no review, but the ending caught my eye and captivated my mind. It hasn’t happened in a long time despite reading countless words in each day of mine, but for this one is a book to read in a remembrance by the ongoing days. What a nice book.

Fantastic. Read this book twice. You will miss Hesse's point the first time.

Powerful in a quiet way. I know that we were assigned to read this book when I was in high school but remember nothing of it and it wasn’t meant for me at that time. But reading this book, a little at a time every morning, was powerful, wondrous, uplifting, thoughtful, inspiring. Even if you think you have read it before, it is worth reading again

Siddhartha. Cleared up something’s for me. If you read and absorb it you will understand.

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Full of ads. You’re interrupted every third page with an advert. Not the book to be putting ads in.

Beautifully written; a beautiful philosophy of life. Read it! And if you’ve read it before, read it again!

Inspired. Deeply moving and thoughtful.

Amazing Life Book. Such an a amazing book, that you’ll cherish for life. So much wisdom. I recommend this book to anyone.

Contains distracting ads. This has a full colour ad every few pages.

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Wow. So enlightening. I want to read it over and over.

Thought provoking and relatable. This is a great book for understanding the trials of Siddhartha and how we go through our own today. My introduction to Buddhist ideology and I doubt I will be the same having read it.

Speechless. Words cannot describe this book

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Summary of Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

The Siddhartha book written by Hermann Hesse was published on 10 June 2020, Wednesday in the Classics category. A total of 633 readers of the book gave the book 4.5 points out of 5.

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