Author: Hermann Hesse
Genre: Historical Fiction, Self-discovery
Published: 1922 (German)
Siddhartha is the story of the journey of self-discovery of a man who is a contemporary of the Buddha. Siddhartha seeks knowledge and his search leads him to renouncing his home, meditating, then coming back to the world, and stepping away again. He also meets the Buddha but doesn't become a follower. In this journey his paths with those he left behind crosses again completing the circle of life.
My favorite line from the book - "Knowledge can be conveyed but not wisdom". This line is the essence of the tale. Siddhartha finds his own way and learns through his own experiences and not just by becoming a follower.
I had been under the impression that the book is the story of Gautam Buddha. Turns out its a parallel to the Buddha.
Previously on BookMarks: The Picture of Dorian Gray