Book Review - Siddhartha

 

Reference - https://www.amazon.in/Siddhartha-Indian-Tale-Pocket-Classics/dp/9386538202/


This is a book written by the renowned German author Herman Hesse in 1922. It is a timeless classic. The spiritual journey of a young boy in search of an enlightenment is still very much relevant today.

I came across this book through one of the book reading sessions at Microsoft. Book manages to make the experiences of a young boy in his adventurous and searching life very visual and lively. The boy, Siddhartha, starts his journey from his father's home and meets a range of people, traveling to different places, each experience bringing certain changes in his life. As I continued reading, the places and characters in the book became very much alive. They all leave a definite footprints in our minds. 

Through the journey of this young boy, the author takes us through various aspects of our lives, from richness to poverty, from an ordinary ferryman to an exalted Buddha. In most part, the language is easy to understand. Some portions are quite comprehensive when it dives deeper into philosophy. Also at 190 odd pages, it will be over soon.

If one likes classical English literature and is looking for some simple yet meaningful read, this book is definitely recommended. It will surprise you.

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