Book - 1950 | French
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A novel set in India, of a young Brahmin's search for ultimate reality.
Publisher: Paris : Grasset, c1950.
ISBN: 9782253008484
Branch Call Number: FIC Hesse
Characteristics: 157 p.


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Jan 19, 2018

Very much enjoyed reading it, the e-book edition I read had several grammatical errors and I question the accuracy of the translation. But as a book on Buddhism, on meditation, it is was a great teaching.

Jun 13, 2013

This brief novel serves as a parable, dictating against the excesses of an indulgent life. It's about a boy in ancient India who goes on a soul-searching mission to determine the role of man. The message is pretty obvious, that genuine happiness is obtained not through materialism but contentedness. After leaving his Brahmin father, he joined a group of ascetic Samanas, left them for the teachings of the Buddha, and found himself at the grove of a courtesan. This is the point in which the story takes off and gets its point across, being less nomadic and more focused. In this grove, Siddhartha realizes that all the riches in the land may only make him focus on what he doesn't have and miserable for not having it. If you find happiness internally, not externally, then you can always be happy. You can also take note of the nature of how Siddhartha likes to learn; he accumulates knowledge through teachings of the Samanas and the Buddha, but Siddhartha wants to apply it hands-on and experience things for himself. Ultimately, there's a message about wisdom here, that it's only obtained through the balanced combination of "book learning" and learning through experience. The book isn't bad, but it didn't really mesh well in term of writing style. (For such a small book, I found some of its prose redundant.) For a book report, I would recommend it because it's short and conveys its message well, but reading it for recreation, as I did, it wasn't among my favourites.

AtomicSpatula Jul 30, 2012

I had to read this book for summer reading this year, and I have to admit, this book was actually pretty good. The story itself had so many changes and plot twists that, it keeps you engaged. I was actually alright with writing reading journals for this book, mostly because it was actually pretty decent and interesting. However, the ending was incredibly confusing and...I really do not know how to describe it.


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Jun 13, 2013

Sexual Content: Sexuality involving a courtesan is mentioned in vague terms. (No references to the physiological or anatomical; it's more euphemistic, like "mastered" or "possessed".)

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