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Re: Siddhartha (novel) & Herman Hesse

Postby Ben » Sat Feb 18, 2012 2:55 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

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Re: Siddhartha (novel) & Herman Hesse

Postby Sanghamitta » Sat Feb 18, 2012 3:44 pm

The going for refuge is the door of entrance to the teachings of the Buddha.

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Re: Siddhartha (novel) & Herman Hesse

Postby Buckwheat » Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:59 pm

In my opinion, Hesse's mistake was to expect pop culture to use their intellect to differentiate between inspired fiction and the story that inspired the fiction. It seems he made several decisions based on delineating that difference such as putting the main character in a different religious tradition, a different caste, meet the Buddha and reject his teaching, and shuffle/alter the plot points that were inspired by the Buddha. To write that off as Hesse's ignorance ignores his literary point to differentiate between historic facts and religious inspiration. I can't lame Hesse for the ignorance of pop culture and the local bookstore owner. Plus the bookstore's job is to sell books. Buddhism and Hinduism are usually placed in a section with other books that the same target audience will purchase. Is that so wrong?
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Re: Siddhartha (novel) & Herman Hesse

Postby mikenz66 » Sun Feb 19, 2012 11:07 pm

Hi Kim,

Perhaps the use of the word "pop culture" was unfortunate, but I think the observation that Hess made it clear that he wasn't speaking specifically about the Buddha is an interesting one.

Besides, many of what we now call "New Age" ideas have been floating around since the 19th century and would have been well known in the literary and artistic community of the 1920s.

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Re: Siddhartha (novel) & Herman Hesse

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Postby Buckwheat » Mon Feb 20, 2012 7:22 am

Kim,
That is an interesting point: not only is it a different book for me than it was for Hesse and his immediate audience, I find myself having a difficult time even imagining the book from the perspective of that radical moment in history. That will require some research and reflection.

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Scott
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