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Siddhartha (Version 2)

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A major preoccupation of Hesse in writing Siddhartha was to cure his "sickness with life" by immersing himself in Indian philosophy such as that expounded in the Upanishads and the Bhagavad Gita. The reason the second half of the book took so long to write was that Hesse "had not experienced that transcendental state of unity to which Siddhartha aspires. In an attempt to do so, Hesse lived as a virtual semi-recluse and became totally immersed in the sacred teachings of both Hindu and Buddhist scriptures. His intention was to attain to that 'completeness' which, in the novel, is the Buddha's badge of distinction." The novel is structured on three of the traditional stages of life for Hindu males , householder and recluse/renunciate ) as well as the Buddha's four noble truths and eight-fold path which form twelve chapters, the number in the novel. Ralph Freedman mentions how Hesse commented in a letter "[my] Siddhartha does not, in the end, learn true wisdom from any teacher, but from a river that roars in a funny way and from a kindly old fool who always smiles and is secretly a saint." In a lecture about Siddhartha, Hesse claimed "Buddha's way to salvation has often been criticized and doubted, because it is thought to be wholly grounded in cognition. True, but it's not just intellectual cognition, not just learning and knowing, but spiritual experience that can be earned only through strict discipline in a selfless life". Freedman also points out how Siddhartha described Hesse's interior dialectic: "All of the contrasting poles of his life were sharply etched: the restless departures and the search for stillness at home; the diversity of experience and the harmony of a unifying spirit; the security of religious dogma and the anxiety of freedom." Eberhard Ostermann has shown how Hesse, while mixing the religious genre of the legend with that of the modern novel, seeks to reconcile with the double-edged effects of modernization such as individualization, pluralism or self-disciplining. - Summary by Wikipedia

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 20 reviews)

Reviewer: - February 7, 2021
Subject: A spark in the darkness
I drank the words of this book and am surprised of the multitude of meanings of it. Bravo for the reader! Graditude.
Reviewer: - July 29, 2019
Subject: Favorite book
After listening to this book for the first time, I had to listen several times over again, to the point that I memorized the titles of the chapters serially. The reader is brilliant! I would have written my B. A thesis on it had I not gotten pushed toward another book. This book is, in a word; short and sweet.
Reviewer: - July 31, 2017
Subject: A Treasure
Absolutely one of the treasures of the 20th century that was an inspiration for Baby Boomers in the 60s and is as beautiful and relevant today --more than ever. A wonderful tale read delightfulfully that will take you through a meaningful life journey. Enjoyed listening tremendously and dreaming along with the author.
Reviewer: - July 6, 2016
Subject: Absolutely love this book
Hesse is truly one of the greats, wonderful ideas and such a beautiful concept of people, check out his other books too, he really was a genius!
Reviewer: - June 22, 2016
Subject: Great book, Great reader
Thanks to the translators and the reader, I got a listened to a lovely story while going round on walks.
Reviewer: - November 24, 2015
Subject: Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
Great book for everyone.
Reviewer: - October 10, 2015
Subject: Fiction
Reviewer: - August 31, 2015
Subject: Siddhartha, Hesse
That is not the story of Siddhartha Gautama the Buddha. It leads to the idea, that all religions are one, and it doesn't accept dogmas. A unique idea! One of the best books I ever read.
Reviewer: - August 21, 2015
Subject: Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse
That is not the story of Buddha, but a story about all religions and against dogmas.
Reviewer: - May 19, 2015
Subject: life not of budda,but the life of everyone.
Wonderful, life not of budda,but the life of everyone on the journey from birth to death,loves and losses,highs and lows,wealth and poverty,a wonderful lesson to listen too.
Reviewer: - May 7, 2015
a very enlightening story...
Reviewer: - March 8, 2015
the best spiritual story of buddha i ever heared, very recomend to every one!
Reviewer: - May 23, 2014
Subject: Worth listening
Thank you for the wise and beautiful story and very good reading.
Reviewer: - February 22, 2014
Subject: Hermann Hesse
I really like his works.
Reviewer: - January 30, 2014
For anyone who thinks that this the story of Buddha, IT ISN'T. It is truly a beautiful story, but I can only give it 1 star for a few extremely important reasons. First of all, the title and the image on the cover are misleading - this is not the story of Siddhartha Gautama the Buddha. It may be acceptable if the teachings are somehow aligned to Buddha's, but they are not. They may sound similar to what Buddha has taught but in reality they are but beautifully twisted truth that are extremely misleading and can only lead one further away from the truth that Buddha has taught. I do NOT recommend this book to anyone seeking to gain spirituality!!!
Reviewer: - December 28, 2013
Subject: Beautiful
The reader truly gave this book new life. A must-listen!
Reviewer: - September 17, 2013
Subject: Great
Fantastic book. Excellent reading.
Reviewer: - July 16, 2013
Great book with a great reader. Very enlightening.
Reviewer: - January 16, 2013
Subject: Just delightful
Wonderful book hours and hours of learning and delight while doing otherwise boring chores.
Reviewer: - January 12, 2013
Thanks a lot....., amazing story and very good reading!!! Highly recommendable!!!!

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