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Ask A Book Question: The ninth in a Series: (A Classic of Self-discovery)

By posted at 9:33 am on November 5, 2003 0

Hey folks, another question, which made me recall one of my favorite books. Maybe I should reread this one some time soon. Here ya go:

Salvatore Nicholas Mastropaolo writes:
What is the “story Line” of Herman Hesse’s Siddhartha?


Well, I thank you for writing in Sal. Herman Hesse wrote Siddhartha in 1922, and it was not considered one of his best books at the time. Hesse went on to win the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1946, and then sometime after World War II, coinciding perhaps with the rise in popularity of Beat literature, people began to appreciate Siddhartha’s message of self-discovery. By the 1970s Siddhartha had been fully resurrected from obscurity has since been considered an essential as both a book about mysticism and a coming of age story. Though Siddhartha was originally taught in schools as a fictional window into Eastern religions and philosophies, it is now used as an example of the Western view of those traditions. Aside from all that though, it is a terrific little book about a spiritual journey. The story line? How about this: “A young Indian mystic, a contemporary of Buddha, sacrifices everything to search for the true meaning of life.” But don’t take my word for it! It’s a fantastic book and a quick and unchallenging read that’s worth far more than the time it takes to read it. Most folks out there have read Siddhartha. Any thoughts? Use the comment button below.

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