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Friday, May 6, 2011

Siddhartha by Herman Hesse

            Oh! The dangers of reviewing a classic.

Hermann Hesse (1877-1962)
Siddhartha has been on my "should read" list for a long time, nearly 20 years.

With all of that build up and anticipation you'd think I'd have more thoughts about it than I do. My one word review of the book is 'lukewarm.'

It is neither a strong book nor a weak book. Siddhartha's spiritual quest is told in such a detached manner that, in the end, I feel detached from the whole exercise. I am uncommited to the character and I really didn't particularly care where his quest ended up.

Perhaps that was the point of it all - it's his quest, you can do nothing but care about your own.

I rate this book 3 stars out of 5.

This book can be found on Amazon here: Siddhartha

Reviewed  on December 6, 2005.

1 comment:

  1. This is a marvelous book that can be an eye opener for those of us that see life as a journey. Life is much more that what most of us see, feel, and enjoy. There is a spiritual path that some of us are aware of, and enjoy reading about another free spirit that searches for his own truth, instead of just accepting 'DESTINY' as something already given.