Radikal Readings: Siddhartha


I can’t believe it’s been almost a month since I’ve posted anything here. That hasn’t happened since I revamped it, yet I have good reason – I’ve been extremely under the weather for a better part of the month, and the other part I was away on business in Thailand. The Thailand part is where this Radikal Reading post comes into play. I took a handful of books with me for the long plane rides, and being that Thailand is a Buddhist country, Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse was at the top of my reading list.

Real talk – I had my reservations about it. A novel using Buddhist and Hindu themes about enlightenment written in 1922 by a German man (yes, he won the Nobel Prize, but still). However, I was pleasantly surprised to find that I enjoyed it. It’s a quick yet, engrossing read and I found myself wanting to discover what path Siddhartha, the protagonist, would take next in his quest for true enlightenment.

I had read other reviews that claim it was life changing for them, and I can sort of see how that is possible. However, for me a lot of these teachings are already rooted in the religion I practice, so the teachings came across were known and natural for me. So instead of the book being life changing it just ended up being a nice light read while being trapped in a plane for 15 plus hours.


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