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From Amazon : At first sight Harry Haller seems a respectable, educated man. In reality he is the Steppenwolf: wild, strange, alienated from society and repulsed by the modern age. But as he is drawn into a series of dreamlike and sometimes savage encounters - accompanied by, among others, Mozart, Goethe and the bewitching Hermione - the misanthropic Haller discovers a higher truth, and the possibility of happiness. This blistering portrayal of a man who feels himself to be half-human and half-wolf was the bible of the 1960s counterculture, capturing the mood of a disaffected generation, and remains a haunting story of estrangement and redemption. Could not have said it better myself. I did feel the profundity in this book and very powerful it is too. Beware though, the book makes clear that Haller is seriously considering suicide so if that could upset you don't read it. Other than that, highly recommended.
I read this years ago but can't find a thread on it so decided to create one, From Amazon : Siddhartha is perhaps the most important and compelling moral allegory our troubled century has produced. Integrating Eastern and Western spiritual traditions with psychoanalysis and philosophy, this strangely simple tale, written with a deep and moving empathy for humanity, has touched the lives of millions since its original publication in 1922. Set in India, Siddhartha is the story of a young Brahmin's search for ultimate reality after meeting with the Buddha. His quest takes him from a life of decadence to asceticism, from the illusory joys of sensual love with a beautiful courtesan, and of wealth and fame, to the painful struggles with his son and the ultimate wisdom of renunciation. I can remember not getting any profound wisdom from this book, to me it's a simple story of the life of Buddha and was a very short book. Not seeing the profundity in a book seems to be a personal flaw of mine so perhaps I should work on this (apparently I did not see the profundity in the Old Man and the Sea either). Anyway, recommended, it's a nice story, very short and perhaps you will see the profundity in it.
Set in India, Siddhartha is the story of a young Brahmin's search for ultimate reality after meeting with the Buddha. His quest takes him from a life of decadence to asceticism, from the illusory joys of sensual love with a beautiful courtesan, and of wealth and fame, to the painful struggles with his son and the ultimate wisdom of renunciation. - taken from the review on Amazon The book is short and I enjoyed it but I didn't see anything deep and meaninful in this work, which is probably my fault. Recommended.