Siddhartha - Hermann Hesse


By Hermann Hesse

  • Release Date: 2020-06-10
  • Genre: Classics
Score: 4.5
From 606 Ratings


Hermann Hesse wrote Siddhartha during a period in his life in which he suffered what he described as a “sickness with life.” He claimed to be unable to complete the book because he had not experienced the kind of nirvana that Siddhartha, the main character, wants to achieve—so Hesse surrounded himself with sacred Buddhist and Hindu teachings and lived as a recluse in order to complete this work.

Siddhartha is a short, simple tale of a man’s quest to achieve enlightenment and happiness. Over twelve short chapters the reader follows Siddhartha through his time as a young adult, to his exploration of spirituality as a traveling ascetic, to his delvings in lust, business, and greed, to his time as an old man. At each stage of his life Siddhartha yearns for nirvana, finally achieving it only after realizing that it’s all of life’s experiences that form it, not the teachings of any one man.

Today Siddhartha remains an influential text in new Western spirituality.


  • beautiful

    By niktokarski
    an astonishing and captivating story. i’ve recently read this book for the second time, and i enjoyed it even more than the first time. there is so much wisdom within this book, it is powerful, insightful, and truly amazing. a life changing read that i would recommend to anyone.
  • Sublime

    By Fangsout
    A great read for those on a spiritual journey, seeking a higher plane of existence. Highly recommend. Should be required reading in school.
  • Astonished

    By Incomprehensible1
    In honesty, I’m amazed. Although, I naturally rate every book with five stars with no review, but the ending caught my eye and captivated my mind. It hasn’t happened in a long time despite reading countless words in each day of mine, but for this one is a book to read in a remembrance by the ongoing days. What a nice book.
  • Rarified greatness

    By 47201938347290193746492046
    Mesmerizing in its scope and depth
  • Great book, with concise but deep thoughts

    By Drasticity
    A short story with full of wisdom.
  • Powerful in a quiet way

    By Maltafaz
    I know that we were assigned to read this book when I was in high school but remember nothing of it and it wasn’t meant for me at that time. But reading this book, a little at a time every morning, was powerful, wondrous, uplifting, thoughtful, inspiring. Even if you think you have read it before, it is worth reading again
  • I’m crying

    By Cháchala
    I’m far from your accomplishments Sid so I’m happy we are one.
  • Siddhartha

    By writer of pulp fiction
    Cleared up something’s for me. If you read and absorb it you will understand.
  • Oneness

    By Lukeslife86
    This is a must read for all. Life changing.
  • His journey is my journey

    By fireandfaith
    It brought me 95 pages closer to the oneness we all crave