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Hermann Hesse’s best book and magnum opus, Siddhartha, is based on the life of a young man of the same name during the time of Gautama Buddha who seeks for the purpose of life. He and his friend Govinda are blessed with Buddha’s teaching, but the two friends go separate ways as Govinda decided to follow Buddhism but Siddhartha thought that for every person there is his or her unique spirituality waiting to be awakened that cannot be done by any teacher.
What makes this book stand out?
Offering a simple, alternate idea to an otherwise complex subject of religion and spirituality.
Read it for
The opinion it offers about accepting one’s individuality and embracing it.
Don't read it for
Being a spiritual book, it might just get preachy at times.