tries to communicate always sounds foolish… Knowledge can be communicated but
not wisdom. One can find it, live it, be fortified by it, do wonders through
it, but one cannot communicate and teach it.
his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the
flesh. He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on
again. Near despair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound.
This sound signals the true beginning of his life – the beginning of
suffering, rejection, peace, and, finally, wisdom.
However, I don’t see myself re-reading the book, I’m unsure whether I’ll like it the second time around, with the element of surprise no longer present. It’s short and very moving, but neither of these things suits a re-read. According to me, this book is an amazing one-time-only read, but maybe that’s just me.
It was a bit difficult for me to get through the German, perhaps the language is a bit stilted (is it?) Some of it just seemed wrong to me and since I don’t think it’s wise to trust myself on that, I don’t know why language was difficult. It helped that it is such a small book. I found my copy at a book sale and it’s old and has yellowed pages and these little insightful notes in the margins (I don’t really like writing in books, though) and it smells great!
German Literature Month 2012 is hosted by Caroline at Beauty is a Sleeping Cat and Lizzy at Lizzy’s Literary Life.
7 thoughts on “Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse – German Literature Month 2012”
I enjoyed this one, but I agree that it's not one I'll be revisiting any time soon. I've still to try any more Hesse after this one, even though a couple of others have had great reviews…
I'm so glad you reviewed this! It's been on my wish list for ages.
I enjoyed this book and was also surprised because I thought it was about Buddha's life. I still found a lot of interesting things in it though and am glad I read it.
Thanks! I hope you get around to reading it.
I actually have Steppenwolf but I don't even know what it's about. I might read it now, though!
Ya, it was definitely interesting. Thanks for stopping by!
Thanks for reviewing this one, I knew very little about it either. It does sound interesting, but not top of my list.