Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Book Look - #31

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Plot: This fictitious book traces the life of a character in the era of Gautama Buddha - Siddhartha - who seeks the answer to the question on the meaning of life and existence.

  • The work is highly refreshing and the philosophy is not suffocating but interesting! Trying to explain a life analogous yet different from that of Buddha is a smart ploy adopted by the German writer.
  • The part of the book that deals with Siddhartha's stint with the boatman is the highlight of this work and what the river gets to say urges one to listen to nature.
  • The explanation on why even a stone has life in it and why time isn't real are startling and leaves us thinking!
Philosophical & Refreshing and never goes beyond the cut-off!