1998-04-12: Siddhartha

Siddhartha  (1922, tr. 1951)

by Hermann Hesse (1877-1962), tr. by Hilda Rosner (?)

This is an interesting book, but ultimately disappointing. It seemed to me that the description of the central character’s development rang untrue, and was not instructive. I don’t profess to be an expert in these things, but that was my reaction. From the book’s reputation, it is evident that many others disagree.

A much more interesting book to me (based on relatively distant memories from 1990 and 1991) was Rudyard Kipling’s Kim. I have just noticed that there is no book report for Kim. Perhaps I should reread it, and add a report.

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