Siddhartha: An Indian Tale
In the novel, Siddhartha, a young man, leaves his family for a contemplative life, then, restless, discards it for one of the flesh. He conceives a son, but bored and sickened by lust and greed, moves on again. Near dispair, Siddhartha comes to a river where he hears a unique sound. This sound signals the true beginning of life - the beginning of suffering, rejection, peace and, finally, wisdom.
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I have read this book twice. Once when I was in high school as required reading. I remember being quite bored with it and not really understanding the point very well. I read it 15 years later as an adult because I thought I might appriciate it more, having experienced life a bit more. Although I did understand the story much better as an adult, I still was not very moved by this book. There were certain points that I really enjoyed, but as a whole I found it only mindly interesting.
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