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Ego-trip, the journey to self-understanding

Notes on Siddartha, Author is Hermann Hesse

“Siddartha” is about a man named Siddartha on a spiritual journey to find enlightenment, similar to Buddha. Unconvinced of traditional, spiritual teaching and scripture, Siddartha embarks on a existential quest to find self-understanding through experience. Hermann Hesse does a great job of maintaining all moving parts of the story simultaneously while not writing abundantly. Siddartha’s story is so intriguing you will most likely blow through this book in a few hours, but you will feel like you just traveled the world!

This book takes me back to when I was in college to just getting out of college. I would bet for most, that time in your life was similar to mine; we were trying to find our place in the world, right? I remember very clearly reading an article on existentialism and relating to it so much. “I can only give meaning to my own life”, is what I recall “what can I do for myself to succeed, to find happiness.” Like Siddartha, I emotionally distanced myself from mankind and focused more on finding myself through knowledge.

You don’t have to be a Buddhist to enjoy this book; although it’s contextually based on eastern ideologies, philosophies and religion, it’s heavily influenced by western culture as well.¬†Throughout the book, you are constantly on the edge of your seat with Siddartha’s next moves. Will he ever find enlightenment? Will he ever reach Nirvana? I will not spoil the ending but I will say that Siddartha learns that it’s not about how you get there or what path you take, it’s about the experience. Ultimately, there is no right or wrong way to happiness; however, it DOES take great experience.

This book inspires me to live a more purpose driven life; to experience ; to appreciate this world and everything in it; to accept change.

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The Thrilla of the Bibliophelia

Announcer: Boxers Ready? Fight.

(Big Books pounds on Little Adam. A right, a left, an uppercut, a roundhouse.¬† Little Adam is on the ropes, the only thing holding him from a KO.¬† Little Adam looks at the clock, if only he can last one more round….. ding, ding)

Maybe comparing myself to Muhammad Ali in the late rounds of the “Thrilla in Manila” is being a little dramatic. Well….. yes, very dramatic. But I thought it would paint a perfect picture to my current predicament. A book beatdown.

So, I will admit, I am currently off track. However, I will reassure you; I stand undaunted. My commitment to read 100 classic novels/books in 2 years will be upheld.

Hey, at least I have an excuse… I’m getting married in 10 days and going to Italy.

Don’t worry this blog is not all lost to my insatiable whining.

Here is my chronological list of books/novels:

(#3 being the book I’m currently reading, list of books were suggested by friends and blog subscribers)

1. Cather in the Rye

2. 1984

3. Of Mice and Men

4. To Kill a Mockingbird

5. Pride and Prejudice

6. Lonesome Dove

7. A Tale of Two Cities

8. Siddhartha

9. Walden

10. Moby Dick

11. Ulysses

12. The Great Gatsby

13. A Portrait of an Artist as a Young Man

14. The Fountainhead

15-100. ?????

…too many books, not enough time (robot voice)

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