Item description for Siddharta (Spanish Edition) by Hermann Hesse & Carmen Grossi...
This classic of twentieth-century literature chronicles the spiritual evolution of a man living in India at the time of the Buddha - a spiritual journey that has inspired generations of readers. Here is a fresh translation from Sherab Chodzin Kohn, a translator and longtime student of Buddhism and Eastern philosophy. Kohn's translation conveys the philosophical and spiritual nuances of Hesse's text, paying special attention to the qualities of meditative experience. This edition also includes an introduction exploring Hesse's own spiritual journey as evidenced in his journals and personal letters.
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KAREN HESSE is the author of some fifteen books for children, and was recently awarded a prestigious MacArthur Foundation "Genius Grant" for her contribution to the literature of children and young adults. Her many novels have garnered considerable success, including the Sydney Taylor Award, the IRA/YA Award, 5 Notable Books for Children, 4 Best Books for Young Adults, and the Newbery Medal in 1998. Hesse has spent many years promotion her books to the school market, and is well-known in classrooms throughout the country. She and her husband, Randy, live in Brattleboro, Vermont.
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A good quick read Oct 6, 2007
This book starts out great but runs out of steam about 2/3rds through. If it had been the other way around I probably would be giving it 5 stars, but as it was it left me flat at the end.
Siddhartha explors the ancient Indian religions as he make he way through life, and the insights that Hesse brings alive are masterful and deep. The spirituality is wonderful, with the fiction backdrop to bring it to life.
This book is a classic, and an easy and short read, recommended for everyone.
Buy the bigger softcover version. This is like a pocket version. Remember, you'll be reading this again when you're old and your eyes are shot.
Excellent Transaction! Oct 12, 2005
The item was received in a timely manner and was in perfect condition. I would buy from seller again.
A book you must experience... Sep 24, 2005
I admit that it has been several years since I read this book. I also admit that as it is one of my favorite novels I am not an unbiased source (but who is). With that grain of salt having been swallowed this book is foremost a tale about the birth of a new kind of spirituality. Siddhartha is about the process experienced on the road to enlightenment. I feel that some other reviewers who were perhaps not at the right point in their lives to appreciate that this is a story of the process rather than a how to. It is not a self help book or a short-cut guide to enlightenment. The novel tells with simple prose which is different from any of Hesse's other work in its simplicity. It tells of the human frailty and failings of a being that leads to the discovery of the Buddhist philosophy. The story pushes for you to think about what Siddhartha discovers, especially in the scene by the river, and to understand how this revelation relates to your world view. I found this book at a time in my life when I needed to, and I hope it finds you at the right point in your life as well. The fewer expectations you have the better. A very short novel, nothing more. If you have ever been curious to know more about Buddhist thought this book encapsulates the most intrinsic tenets of the religion. I hope you experience this book. It is just a story, don't miss the forrest for the trees. I hope any of this helps you to chose to read or to know it is not for you.
Funny this is paired with THE ALCHEMIST... May 26, 2005
As I read this book, (it took me about an hour and a half,) I kept thinking about how similar it is to THE ALCHEMIST by Paolo Coehlo. Lots of the same messages: follow your heart, seek enlightenment, be yourself, learn about love, among others. The reason I like this book better is simple. It came out first. I'd venture to say it was some kind of inspiration for THE ALCHEMIST. This book leaves a wonderful taste in your mouth, and is a must read for anyone who may feel lost or out of touch with themselves. I loved it.