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My Rating - 5 out of 5 stars

Publisher - Fingerprint Publishing
Genre - Classic Fiction/Agnosticism
Publishing year - 1922
Language - English
ISBN - 978-81-7234-368-2
Pages - 160

Siddhartha

Book Review - 

One man's treasure and wisdom always sounds like foolishness to another person.

It was a book that I had wanted to read for a long time, and finally, I finished it. I'm so happy that this is my first read of 2022. Siddhartha is a classic book written by Hermann Hesse, published initially in 1922. 

The story is about a Brahmin boy named Siddhartha who left his house searching for meaning and true purpose. He was accompanied by his friend Govinda; along the way, they met with many people, and there came a time when this best friend parted their way. 

Govinda became the follower of Gautam Buddha while Siddhartha fell into the clutches of worldly illusion and became a lover and merchant, forgetting that why he left his home. They both took distinct ways, but their goal remains the same; consciously for Govinda and subconsciously for Siddhartha. 

Their journey portrays that the path to oneness and enlightenment is not as easy as it seems. You will stray from the course, question everything, find no meaning to other people's teaching, and get lost in your fascinations.

The narration is smooth as the river from which Siddhartha took inspiration, but the dialogue written in the third person can easily confuse a reader. 

One can only enjoy reading this kind of book when they are ready. Ready to have an open mind and understand that life has so much to offer. This is a short book, but it took me nine months to finish it. When you start reading it, you'll understand what I mean. 

Overall, this book is a gem, and I'll re-read it in the future too. I highly recommend it to those who are into spirituality and philosophy books. 

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