"Siddhartha" by Hermann Hesse
Over ten years ago I fell in love with Herrmann Hesse because of his amazing poem Allein. I actually made a print and had it on my wall for years. So I was excited to read one of his novels. Siddhartha is the story of an indian man living in parallel with the Buddha. Much like The Alchemist it tells a story of personal enlightenment from the perspective of a young man travelling.
It’s a short read and thought provoking. Beautiful prose. But I think I’m more likely to recommend The Alchemist to friends.
“Wisdom that a wise man attempts to pass on to someone always sounds like foolishness.””
— Hermann Hesse in Siddhartha