By: Herman Hesse
Siddhartha is a short novel, chalk-full of understanding of the broadest sense, about the life of a boy who sets out to seek truth, gets lost along the way, and through his folly becomes a wise man. It's similar to the Alchemist, in length, in style, and in evoking awe at the amount and depth of wisdom that can be contained in so few words.
I read Siddhartha at a time of loss and transition. It helped reawaken me to my path and expanded my view of the stream of events of my life beyond a heart-wrenching recent past.