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Author QuotedHermann Hesse
Title QuotedSiddhartha
Date (Year/Month/Day)1968/10/15
QuotationLong, long noon. Endless noon. Like Alaska in midsummer. In San Francisco it has long been dark. It is nearly 10 at night there. Here, endless sun. I have done everything. Sleep. Prayers. And I finished Hesse's Siddhartha. [Note 5: Siddhartha Gautama (Sanskrit) is the personal given name of the Buddha. Hermann Hesse's novel Siddhartha, however, relates the life of one of the Buddha's earliest disciples.]
JournalThe Other Side of the Mountain: The End of the Journey. The Journals of Thomas Merton, Volume 7, 1967-1968.; Edited by Patrick Hart, O.C.S.O. / San Francisco : Harper Collins. 1998, p. 209
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