#38 Siddhartha – Hermann Hesse

Title

Siddhartha

Author

Hermann Hesse

Genre

Novel, Nobel Prize, Classics

Readability

Regular.

Engagement

Medium.

Score

score-5

This is a wonderful book.

Title (Original)

Siddhartha

Year of Publication

1922

Cover

Siddhartha_-_Herman_Hesse

Short Description & Notes

Born in India in VI b.C., son of a brahman, Siddhartha spends his childhood protected from the miseries of the world in a quiet and contemplative existence. As a youngster, he abandons the comfort of his father house and decides to live as a Samana, a wandering ascetic. However, Siddhartha is not satisfied and he is always seeking something beyond. Even Nirvana is not enough for him, since Nirvana may be just a word. Syddhartha, the man, then embraces every aspect of life. He meets Gautama Buddha, he discovers the pleasures of sex, the protection of money, the danger of gambling and greed. He rises throughout life by never saying no to anything, by experiencing everything.
This is a wonderful book, excellent to understand a bit more about ancient Indian culture and simply to be fascinated with the poetic way of writing of Hermann Hesse.

“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.” – Goodreads: Siddhartha

Remarkable Quotes

“Tudo isto são coisas, coisas que nós podemos amar. Mas não posso amar palavras. É por isso que não aprecio as doutrinas, não têm dureza ou moleza, não têm cores, não têm arestas, não têm cheiro, não têm gosto, nada têm senão palavras. Talvez seja isto que impede de encontrares a paz, talvez sejam as palavras em excesso. Porque também libertação e virtude, também Samsara e Nirvana são meras palavras. Nada existe que seja o Nirvana; apenas existe a palavra Nirvana.”

“What could I say to you that could be of value, except that perhaps you seek too much.”

Fun Facts

The name Siddhartha is made up of two words in Sanskrit, siddha (achieved) and artha (what was searched for) which together means “he who has found meaning”.
The Nobel Prize in Literature 1946 was awarded to Hermann Hesse.
The book expresses Hesse’s general interest in the conflict between mind, body and spirit.

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