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Little Siddhartha: A Sequel

by William Irwin

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First released in 1922, Hesse's classic novel Siddhartha has delighted and inspired generations of readers and seekers. In the sequel, Little Siddhartha, the search for meaning continues. Each one of us must follow a unique path toward wisdom. The constants, though, of love, forgiveness, family, and nature provide the enduring backdrop to the journey. Despite our differences, we can all see ourselves in the character of little Siddhartha, and we can hear the resounding Om that concludes this beautiful and timeless story of spiritual hunger and fulfillment.

FICTION / General

ISBN: 978-1-947067-48-6 (print; softcover; perfect bound)
ISBN: 978-1-947067-49-3 (digital)

LCCN: 2018959023

Released 2018

186 pages

Author Biography

William Irwin is Chair of the Philosophy Department at King’s College in Pennsylvania, where he teaches a course on Eastern Philosophy. Irwin originated the philosophy and popular culture genre of books with Seinfeld and Philosophy in 1999. The Simpsons and Philosophy, The Matrix and Philosophy, and many other books followed.


“This beautiful book is a worthy successor to the Hermann Hesse classic, Siddhartha. It explores with great heart some of the most important spiritual and existential issues we all confront, and within the context of a compelling story. Little Siddhartha resonates with its own distinct wisdom.” |
Tom Morris, author of If Aristotle Ran General Motors and The Oasis Within

“Irwin makes Hesse’s classic story of youth, restlessness, and spiritual hunger as urgent as ever. In Little Siddhartha we see that as one grows older, the longing only grows deeper. Like Hesse, Irwin captures the timeless spiritual journey in beautifully mystical prose. Books, like rivers, don’t speak. Nor do they have magical powers. But if you close your eyes and listen to little Siddhartha’s story, you’ll probably beg to differ.”
Eric Bronson, author of King of Rags

“This book is about an Indian boy, Siddhartha, who is on a quest to find his own path in life against the wishes of his father. Irwin writes about Siddhartha’s journey from the inside, as though maybe this boy is really him. But by the end, I found myself thinking, maybe this boy is really me.” —Sharon M. Kaye, author of The Aristotle Quest: Black Market Truth

Articles and Reviews

Reviews on Amazon

Kate Brandt Reviews LITTLE SIDDHARTHA by William Irwin

Kate Brandt, Review, Buddhist Fiction Blog, July 6, 2021

Court Lewis, To Understand All Is to Forgive All, The Acorn Journal, July 2019

Becoming Who You Truly Are With Guest William Irwin, Seize the Moment Podcast, May 2019

Leon Garber, Finding Myself in Siddhartha: A Boy's Quest for a Father, Leon's Existential Cafe, January 2, 2019

Mark Guydish, Libertarian existentialist Buddhist? King’s professor writes Siddhartha sequel,  Times Leader, October 31.


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