Most readers will remember this one, particularly if you were in college anywhere from the late 1950s through the 1970s, and it surely turned your thinking about religion or spirituality upside down. You loved it, right? It is a wonderful, lyrical tale of a man's spiritual journey. In the end, however, one cannot help but feel regret for the fact that Siddhartha, fortunate to meet the Buddha, rejected his chance at a disciple-master relationship and went his own way, not realizing that final union with God is impossible without the grace of the Perfect Master.
A New Translation, published 2000.