12-30-2007 10:18 AM - edited 12-30-2007 10:30 AM
My name is Aggie and I began reading Siddhartha about six months ago but didn't get very far, distracted as I was by the business of life itself. I kept the book in my glove compartment and pulled it out to read occasionally when I needed something to read while I waited for an appointment or in a traffic jam. Of course I lost the thread of the story that way so welcome this chance to begin fresh and hopefully, gain a better understanding of the story this time.
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12-30-2007 10:19 AM
Hi, I am a Spiritual Life Coach and am interested in this book. I have never read it however I will asap.
12-30-2007 10:22 AM
Hi...My name is Vicki. I enjoy learning about foreign cultures and religions. I am not familiar with this book but am intrigued by the name...might this be referring to the "Buddha?" Whether or not...I find that I must read this book. Looking forward to the discussion.
12-30-2007 10:23 AM
Have you read Siddhartha or Hermann Hesse before? What interests you about reading this book? Reply to this message to introduce yourself to the group!
My name is Gisela and I am thrilled to see Hermann Hesse's name on this board. I bought Siddhartha in 1953, in German, while I was still in school. Later, when I came to the US I bought a translation, but that too is ancient. What a great reason to run over to Barnes and Noble right now to get a new translation.
I have read most of H.H. sometime during my life, even began to reread "Magister Ludi" just a few months ago. Still can't get too far into it though. I've carried one of his poems with me for over 50 years and still find it "timely." Maybe even more so now that I am old. A poem about returning to one's "garden of youth" sits on my computer desk right now. I also enjoy his speeches, letters, biographical notes, especially what he has written about aging; I plan to visit Calw, Gaienhofen, and Montagnola one of these days...I have put together a folder of info that will eventually lead me into his footsteps. Hermann Hesse also enjoyed painting; a bio that gathers his memories of Christmases past is adorned with his water colors.
Ah, the question about interest in Siddhartha.....I love philosophical treatments and insights. As Siddhartha said: "I am not going anywhere. I am only on the way."
By the way, the link to the translation of poems in the "More Books By Hermann Hesse" leads to a book that will come out in March 2008.
Looking forward to reading with all of you,
12-30-2007 10:25 AM
Hi Carp here
I read Siddhartha in college oh about 35 years ago in philosphy class. I remember being affected by the book. Last month on a long trip I listened to Siddhartha on tape and was transformed once again. I look forward to discussing the book. I was struck how Siddhartha runs the gamut of all human experiences.
12-30-2007 10:26 AM
Hi Jessica and all.
i, like most others, read Siddhartha a long long time ago. as i recall i loved the book and that it has much to offer. i am planning on re-reading it and see how it relates to my life today. i look forward to this exchange.
12-30-2007 10:28 AM
My name is Kim and I am an instructional technology specialist in a public school district in Chandler, Arizona. I have become very interested in Buddhism in the past two years, reading many books, joining a meditation group, and getting my hands on many new exciting books. I have not even heard of this book until today so I have ordered my copy and cannot wait to get started! Great to meet you all!
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12-31-2007 02:55 PM
Happy New Year!
Hi everyone! My name is Annabella. I live in Philadelphia PA and am a policy wonk with the local municipal government.. In the meantime, also practice yoga and espouse and embrace many Buddhist sentiments.. Bought Siddhartha , like a few of you, at least 5 years ago and never read.. Am happy to take it off my bookshelf to read and share insights with you.. Thank you for the opportunity to do so!
12-31-2007 02:56 PM
Like not a couple here, I've had an edition of Siddhartha on my shelf forever, having found it in the store and always meaning to read it. Now it will be the first book I read for the New Year, and I wil look forward to this discussion, my first, as well.
12-31-2007 02:58 PM
Happy New Year!
Hello! My name is Melissa and I'm a news editor in the Hudson River Valley. I've been looking for a reason to re-read this wonderful book, AND to jump into an online book discussion.
12-31-2007 07:48 PM
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Other books by Herman Hesse are equalling engrossing and fulfilling. I have always wanted to read more and more of him , but have only a few .
Perhaps its time for me to reread Siddhartha' journey and struglgle for Truth and Peace once again .
Thankyou for your participation,and reminding me in many ways of my own life.
01-01-2008 11:37 AM
OM OM AUM cuznsteve
01-02-2008 10:39 AM - edited 01-02-2008 10:42 AM
Hello!! I read Siddhartha last year in English class. I found it absolutely fascinating... Looking forward to discussing this novel with everyone!!
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01-02-2008 10:40 AM
Hi, my name is Jackie and what a cool book to start 2008 with! Haven't read it yet, in fact, hadn't even heard of it but I couldn't imagine a better book to read right now. Looking forward to the discussions this book will bring. Happy New Year all!