[Book Review]: Siddhartha





Herman Hesse









     Siddhartha is a book about a young man who decides leaves his family and travel with his friend, Govinda, as a Samana. The two travel together and eventualy become true Samanas. However, Siddhartha becomes bored of the Samana life. He strives to seek something more fulfilling in order to reach enlightenment -- the ultimate goal of every religious people.

     Eventually, Siddhartha finds himself in the company of a ferryman named Vasudeva. Vasudeva soon teaches Siddhartha that perhaps nature is man's greatest teacher.


Before we proceed:

I was forced to read the book for English class.


Review: Another book that my English teacher has given the class, along with promises of inspiration and just a thought-provoking read.

I'm not sure whether I liked this book or not. At the very beginning, I found Siddhartha to be rather patronizing and quite annoying. A little further down the road,[when Govinda decided to stay at Gotama's camp, when Govinda decided to stay at Gotama's camp, I was pulled out of my reading slump, curious to see where Siddhartha would go, what he would do. The rest of my reading experience just continued to be this roller coaster ride of interest and disinterest.

This book is perhaps another one I may enjoy more a few years down the road from now.


[Sorry for the pitiful review: I don't have much to say about this book.]

Final Verdict: Two and a half stars. Simply didn't think it was great, didn't think it was terrible.