Wednesday, June 15, 2005

books: siddhartha

this is my second reading of one of herman hesse's best known works, siddhartha, the last being a few years ago when i first moved to d.c. after graduation. it's good to re-visit every once in a while, especially in times of change or stress. written in a sort of hypnotically simple, almost biblical prose, this story of a young man's quest for enlightenment never fails to remind me that life is not as complicated as it seems, that action is more important than words, and that love is more important than knowledge. you might say it gives you a bit of that "perspective" thing everyone seems to keep losing, but i'm not sure what that means exactly.

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