by Hermann Hesse
In BriefIn sixth century BC India, a Brahmin boy sets out on a spiritual quest. He challenges traditional teachings and customs, experiences the ways of the world, finds answers and refuge in Nature, and in the process discovers love, compassion, and the unity of all life.
Why you should read itA tiny pellet of a novel, Siddhartha packs the punch of a boulder. Rendered in the simple style of a fable, it is a highly erudite work of literature that helped win its author a Nobel Prize. Its 120 pages contain profound personal experiences, captivating themes and analogies, cross-cultural nuances, religious philosophy, and the power to captivate and enlighten.