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Thursday, May 21, 2009

Siddhartha

"We come to the South and East full of longing, driven by a dark and grateful premonition of home, and we find here a paradise, the abundance and rich voluptuousness of all natural gifts. We find the pure, simple, childlike people of paradise. But we ourselves are different; we are alien here and without any rights of citizenship; we lost our paradise long ago, and the new one that we wish to build is not to be found along the equator and on the warm seas of the East. It lies within us and in our own northern future." Hermann Hesse

"Siddhartha", a bildungsroman by Herman Hesse, first published in 1922, is simply one of the greatest books ever written. Even though Hesse’s book is fiction, and its lead is not based upon the real Siddhartha Gautama (the original Buddha), Hesse employs a pseudo-historical approach to the tale.

A wonderful book which was also made into a beautiful film.