“Can learn a lot. ”Treuthe palmer wrote this review 6 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Lifechanging”davis wrote this review 7 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“look into the river to find the answers of life ”andy wrote this review 12 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Over the course of my life, I have read this book three times. When in college, it was a revelation. 10 years later it was a good deep breath. Now as I read it for book club, I still consider it a great spiritual piece, but this time I couldn't help thinking how different the way to enlightenment and call was from my own spiritual journey. Siddhartha's way just seems so individualistic. It lacks the community, the engagement, and the praise. That said, there is still so much wisdom there.”david a wrote this review Tuesday, November 5, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This is a fabulous little book, quick to read, but deep in terms of content and the ability to promote reflection, both personal and spiritual. The story follow Siddhartha on his lifelong journey of self-discovery, and it details what he finds in many different guises: as an ascetic, as a student of the Buddha, as a sinner, as a merchant, as a lover, as a father, as a servant. With thoughfulness, the story expresses the idea that we are all more connected than we might realize (or want to believe), and it recognizes the simple wisdom of finding contentment in all circumstances. Well worth the read, if you haven't read it already!”Christopher S. Peet wrote this review Saturday, November 2, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
Buddhism 101. It was an interesting read, and i imagine it opened many eyes on its arrival.”
“Good meaning behind it (hard to get at first), but didn't understand or like the story very much.”Megan D wrote this review Friday, October 25, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I love to read about religions. This book is well planed and written.”Anthony Antolic wrote this review Wednesday, October 23, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Very much enjoyed, especially the connection to the river and the wisdom that life fills us with if we listen, love, and take everything in as one.”Jennifer wrote this review Friday, October 18, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“This classic has been recommended to me often so I'm happy that I've finally gotten to read it.
The young Siddhartha is from a well-to-do family. His father is a Brahmin but Siddhartha is not satisfied with his life. He and his friend Govinda decide to leave home and seek knowledge and nirvana by becoming aesthetics. Siddhartha is good at this, he eats lightly only once a day, he learns to wait and be silent, to immerse himself in thought.
At this point I was a bit confused, was this the story of The Buddha? So off I went to do some research. In that research I found that this story was following closely the story of The Buddha who was raised in a wealthy family and protected from the outside world until he went out without permission and saw the world for what it really was. It was a fascinating story but did differ from this one. Then, my research was confirmed when this Siddhartha met The Buddha called Gotama in this story (though not in my research).
Surprisingly, Siddhartha rejects the teaching of The Buddha. Things change dramatically and unexpectedly in Part Two which, according to the notes, Hesse didn't write for years after Part One. In this second part he (Siddhartha) "sought his home in the world."
The story moves along quickly, Siddhartha changes his focus a couple of times with his environment. He is also developing his philosophy and learns from those around him. I liked the interaction between Siddhartha and the ferryman Vasudeva. He connects with his childhood friend Govinda. In fact, much of the story struck me as circular. He leaves his father and never goes back while he's living but realizes what pain he caused. He was incapable of love but learns to love. I really appreciated his philosophy that Knowledge can be taught but Wisdom can not be. Throughout the book, you can tell that Hesse was into Freud and Jung. The word Ego was a definite clue. I just don't think that the Siddhartha of that age would have thought of his ego as often as it was mentioned by Hesse. Not a criticism though.
The book was thought-provoking. Although short, I took my time reading it between others. ”