Friday, January 18, 2013

Inner Beauty Friday - Book Club!


Once again I am linking up with Heather at Blonde...Undercover Blonde for Book Club!

This week I read Siddhartha by Herman Hesse:

The Synopsis (from "Born into wealth and privilege, Siddhartha renounces his place among India’s nobility to wander the countryside in search of meaning. He learns suffering and self-denial among a group of ascetics before meeting the Buddha and coming to realize that true peace cannot be taught: It must be experienced. Changing his path yet again, Siddhartha reenters human society and earns a great fortune. Yet over time this life leaves Siddhartha restless and empty. He achieves enlightenment only when he stops searching and surrenders to the oneness of all."

My thoughts:  This is a short book but my copy has a whole forward section about the author which was really interesting. Herman Hesse (a German) wrote this book right after WWI and it would have been full of very foreign concepts to most.  In fact it wasn't translated into english until the late 1950's.  While the book may be a quick read (technically) it makes you think, and it has a lot of foot notes so you can understand the Hinduism references.  I really liked it because it reminds me that no matter where you are in time, or what religion we practice, the inner I is always searching for a certain peace.

Until next week!



  1. There are so many classic type books I've never read, but would really love to someday. And this book definitely falls into that category. I do have reading classic books in my 101 list, and think this may be a good one to check out!

    1. It's a pretty quick read, but definetly a classic! I try to integrate at least 3 classic books a year into the mix, I need to read Tess of the D'ubervilles this year!