2 X Siddhartha by Herman Hesse
Weight: 1 lb
Method of Disposal: “Stolen” by Vallan and one will be left somewhere--unless you want it
Painting on wall at Steinbeck's in Oakhurst
I met Vallan for a coffee and a beer a couple weeks ago. I walked into the café and saw her deep in a book. I thought nothing of it and ordered a mocha. Later, I sat down and she explained to me that she had stolen the book when she dog sat for me in the past. She didn’t think it would matter since I was getting rid of my books anyway. She was right. It had to go at some point. I also have multiple copies of Siddhartha. She really liked it, and she confessed with no pressure. What are you going to do? There was a moment where I thought it was Steppenwolf and that the cover had fallen off, and I was not handling it quite so well, haha, oh well. Goodbye Siddhartha #1.
It was a library book, though paperback and overused. The first time it was checked out was in 96, and it was retired in 97. It came home with me. I have no idea where the other one came from, but it is the exact same edition as the library book. The cover is stripped off.
I believe my mother was the first person to have me read Siddhartha. In my senior year of high school we read it and had to put on a production. I was excited to be a “prostitute” in the “play.” In college, I would be required to read it again. Each time I was unable to find the copy I had read before and had to buy a new one. Now, I find them all over the place. It is a good book though. I imagine I will have many people to give it to when it is time for the others to go.