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Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

By captaindanger, Boca Raton, FL

Siddhartha chronicles the life of the character with the title name and his spiritual journey to rid him of his Self and find complete peace. It is set in India in the time of the Buddha, when people flocked to him to try and learn his secrets to achieving Nirvana. The novel begins when Siddartha is a young adult and ends when he is old and gray. He meets and makes friends with many people along his way, and also loses friends. He makes choices unusual to his people at that time, and rejects his teachers to learn wisdom himself.

The story is beautifully written, smooth and flowing, almost like a Bible. Hesse expresses Siddhartha clearly through his words until you feel like you are walking along with him on his quest to find unity and completeness in himself. The character Siddhartha is a wanderer, thirsty for knowledge.

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