Why this book?
Siddhartha was my introduction to Buddhism back in the early 60s. I had to read it a few pages at a time then put it down while I digested what I was reading. As I got deeper in knowledge about Buddhism, I refused to read it again because I was afraid it would seem simplistic after Alan Watts and all those experts. I read it again finally last year and it seemed even richer as I felt I was experiencing Buddhism rather than reading about it. But that’s what a great writer like Hesse does with all his books.
Why should I read it?
What is this book about?
Written in a prose of almost biblical simplicity and beauty, it is the story of a soul's long quest in search of he ultimate answer to the enigma of man's role on this earth. As a youth, the young Indian Siddhartha meets the Buddha but cannot be content with a disciple's role: he must work out his own destiny and solve his own doubt-a tortuous road that carries him through the sensuality of a love…