Herman Hesse's novel Siddartha is such light reading that after Tale of Two Cities, it was glorious. This novel was very introspective and almost mind-numbing at times in it's over-analyzation. Joseph Campbell based his theory of the Hero's Journey on this book, among a few others, so it follows a strict path of events. one thing that has to be understood about this book that we discussed in english is that it is about Siddartha meeting himself. In the Buddhist religion, Siddartha is the Buddha, and the goal of life is to separate from your Self to be completely unattached and reach Nirvana. Herman Hesse takes this quite literally and has young Siddartha meet himself as older Sid, the Buddha, and then deny the Buddha and go on his own path. To put it in plain terms, he meets a woman and it actually quite superficial and only loves her for her beauty, and he becomes her baby's daddy (yeah i said it!). Sid seems somewhat schizophrenic at times when he listens to rivers, etc, but I feel the book is relaxing. Take a bubble bath, put on an Enya cd, read Sid, and think existentially. Thumbs up!
Someone was just talking about this book and said it was really good in my creative writing class. I'll have to give it a try!
Yay! we read it umm right at the end of the year, second to last book haha. It was good and relaxing and i liked it.