Siddhartha by Hermann; Rosner, Hilda (translator) Hesse

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Hermann Hesse’s novel is beautiful account of a life’s journey from a public and known religion to a personal and esoteric private spiritual journey. It is the story of a man never quite satisfied with where he is, but always striving to find a bit more of the meaning and struggle for meaningful existence.
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Bantam Edition/July 1971 This edition contains the complete text of the original hardcover edition. Not one word has been omitted. RL 5, IL age 14 and up
 

About Hermann; Rosner, Hilda (translator) Hesse

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When this German novelist, poet, and essayist publicly denounced the savagery and hatred of World War I, he was considered a traitor. He moved to Switzerland where he eventually became a naturalized citizen. He warned of the advent of World War II, predicting that cultureless efficiency would destroy the modern world. His theme is the conflict between the elements of a person's dual nature and the problem of spiritual loneliness. His first novel, Peter Camenzind, was published in 1904. His masterpiece, Death and the Lover (1930), contrasts a scholarly abbot and his beloved pupil, who leaves the monastery for the adventurous world. Steppenwolf (1927), a European bestseller, was published when defeated Germany had begun to plan for another war. It is the story of Haller, who recognizes in himself the blend of the human and wolfish traits of the completely sterile scholarly project. Hesse won the Nobel Prize in 1946. During the 1960s Hesse became a favorite writer of the counter culture, especially in the United States, though his critical reputation has never equaled his popularity. Hermann Hesse died in 1962.
 
Published January 1, 1971 by Bantam Classics. 152 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Ara Bedrossian on Apr 13 2011

With a smile, he realizes he is part of this human consciousness of birth, life, and death. And he accepts himself. This book teaches us that we can, too.

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Monsters and Critics

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Reviewed by Dan Schneider on Jul 13 2007

This book distills so lucidly its philosophy in ways that many far more turgid tomes do not, and, again, what is not specified is as important as what is...

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Las Vegas Review Journal

Good
Reviewed by Angela Terrazas on Jul 11 2009

Because the story is so much about coming to terms with the world and oneself, I highly recommend it for younger readers. With fewer than 200 pages, it is a quick and simple book to read, but Hesse fills the pages with much wisdom.

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AnnArbor.com

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Reviewed by Melissa LR Handa on Jun 21 2010

You may like this book if…you are looking for a very short read; you are acquainted with or interested in Eastern spirituality; you have a grounding in Christian imagery...

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Teen Ink

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Reviewed by captaindanger on Aug 18 2014

The story is beautifully written, smooth and flowing, almost like a Bible. Hesse expresses Siddhartha clearly through his words until you feel like you are walking along with him on his quest to find unity and completeness in himself.

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Teen Ink

Excellent
Reviewed by swagboy23 on Jan 27 2014

Siddhartha has showed me many new things about my world that I had never noticed before. It has showed me that everyone is on a different path and wants to achieve their type of enlightenment.

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Above average
Reviewed by Andras Nagy on Mar 17 2010

Academically unsound though the historical and spiritual stories in Siddhartha may be, they are most often viewed in light of Hesse's confession that Siddhartha's pilgrimage mirrored his own. Each of the stages in Hesse's evolution of consciousness is spelled out in Siddhartha.

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Excellent
Reviewed by Pratima Jayaram on May 07 2009

The book deals with extremely profound concepts and powerful themes of life and I absolutely loved it. It's a very unique novel and definitely not for all. You can enjoy it and derive something out of it, only if you are able to appreciate this kind of thought and if you lean towards the spiritual side of life.

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Book Review Circle

Good
Reviewed by Ashmita Saha on Aug 18 2014

...the ideas in the book have to be experienced (not vicariously) in order for the reader to grasp them completely. With its multiple layers of readings the book is a must read for every thoughtful reader.

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Reviewed by Manjushree Hegde on Jan 27 2014

It is divided into two parts; it has a nice flow to it, and is therefore easy to read. It is recounted in a simplistic, meditative, almost poetic style.

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on Jan 11 2013

It reminds me of Tolstoy’s Death of Ivan Ilych – a story that can be enjoyed for its literary brilliance, but also for its philosophical message, one which will resound for days, months, and years after.

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Reviewed by Bob Corbett on Sep 01 2013

Hermann Hesse’s novel is beautiful account of a life’s journey from a public and known religion to a personal and esoteric private spiritual journey. It is the story of a man never quite satisfied with where he is, but always striving to find a bit more of the meaning and struggle for meaningful existence.

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Reviewed by PropTrader on Mar 13 2009

While the journey of Siddhartha is set around 7th to 5th Century B.C. it finds an uncanny echo in our lifestyle. Moreover I was mystified as to how my own experiences as a child, an adolescent and now as a young adult found reflections in this enlightening book.

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Asylum

Excellent
Reviewed by John Self on Jul 23 2008

...from a literary point of view it provides a fascinating display of a writer stretching his aims and entering unknown territory, and coming through the struggle on top, or at least with a sense of completeness. And what more enlightenment could one wish for than that?

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Reviewed by Jono on Jun 22 2013

Siddhartha searched broadly but ultimately remained his own pupil. That sounds as good a plan to me today as it did to that father with his kids in church and to that hippy hunkered with his book between the stacks of the Union College library.

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on Aug 18 2014

...his invocation of Indian metaphysics serves primarily to create an exotic and mystical context to seduce Western readers. This, though, seems to overlook the Hesse's detail in weaving his narrative...In the end, though, perhaps we should follow Siddhartha's example...let each come to his or her own conclusion.

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