Siddhartha - Herman Hesse


By Herman Hesse

  • Release Date: 2008-04-06
  • Genre: Fiction & Literature
Siddhartha book review score

4.5 Score: 4.5 (From 268 Ratings)

Siddhartha Herman Hesse Book Review Score: ★★★★★ 5/5 stars

Siddhartha is a novel by Hermann Hesse that deals with the spiritual journey of self-discovery of a man named Siddhartha during the time of the Gautama Buddha. The book, Hesse's ninth novel (1922), was written in German, in a simple, lyrical style. It was published in the U.S. in 1951 and became influential during the 1960s. Hesse dedicated Siddhartha to his wife Ninon ("Meiner Frau Ninon gewidmet ") and supposedly afterwards to Romain Rolland and Wilhelm Gundert.

The word Siddhartha is made up of two words in the Sanskrit language, siddha (achieved) + artha (meaning or wealth), which together means "he who has found meaning (of existence)" or "he who has attained his goals". In fact, the Buddha's own name, before his renunciation, was Siddhartha Gautama, Prince of Kapilvastu, Nepal. In this book, the Buddha is referred to as "Gotama".

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User reviews about this book

  • Siddhartha

    By Gyyyv
    I enjoyed this book, couldn’t put it down. It was enlightening.
  • Everyone needs to read Siddartha

    By Colsab
    Beautiful and thought-provoking story of the mortal quest for truth and life direction. I read this twice within one month—gained so much more the second time. This version has a few typos but I am so grateful for Project Gutenberg for making this available.
  • Life changing

    By Sam little2001
    This book literally brought me to tears, a must read for all.
  • Deep

    By Janothon
    I just read this in sophomore year and it is an awesome book.
  • Two Thumbs Up!

    By SaraLannz
    Glad I finally got to read this book! He journeys through life and finding that all experiences shape who we are and make our journey. While learning the most important things to keep and share: Love
  • ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

    By Ben City
    Such a great story.
  • Life changing

    By Long legion
    This should be read only with an open mind and open heart. A bit of knowledge of eastern religions will be of help as you read through this. Read it slow, study each page a minute to get the most out of it. And remember whatever religion you are, we are all connected in this imperfect universe
  • Love!!

    By mouthofthesea
    I read this book when I was a sophomore in highschool. Now, being 18 and out on my own, I constantly refer back to it for wisdom and guidance. One of the most enlightening reads I've ever encountered.
  • Siddhartha

    By See Kayne
    A timeless story and a collection of ever relevant wisdom!

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