Thursday, April 28, 2016

Siddhartha by Hermann Hesse

Attorney Chris Llinas assists clients through J. Christopher Llinas Attorney-At-Law, his private Ocean Pines, Maryland, practice. In his free time, Chris Llinas reads for entertainment and notes Siddhartha by Herman Hesse as a work he particularly enjoys.

Siddhartha was originally written in German and published in 1922. It did not become popular until after the author’s death. The novel has proven to be highly influential. Siddhartha tells the story of a man in India on a lifelong quest for enlightenment self-understanding.

The novel's main character, Siddhartha, starts life in a wealthy family, but renounces his comfortable existence as a young man to live as a beggar while studying spirituality and meditating. As a middle-aged man, he falls in love with a beautiful woman. He then transforms himself into a successful merchant to impress her and eventually becomes her lover. He feels unfilled, however, by his material lifestyle and eventually abandons business to live humbly by the river in harmony with nature and finally lives at peace with himself.

The main character in Siddhartha questions authority, challenges himself, and never gives up hope on his road to enlightenment. In part because of these themes, the book was popular with many people involved in the counterculture movement of the 1960s.

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