Do not let the book's shortness mislead you: Hesse managed to pack more beauty, inspiration and faith in those 100 pages than some people write in an entire lifetime. It can be read in a couple of days, even in an evening, and I suggest to re-read it every once in a while, because I always seem to find something I had missed the last time around. The lyrical narrative takes you through the journeying of Siddhartha, a young Indian man seeking illumination and freedom through different paths. It's almost impossible to sum up, but reading how he finds himself through each experience, how he changes and evolves, is a fascinating and comforting process to observe. It is very touching because his struggles are deeply human, and that is what makes this book so inspiring and soothing.
I highly recommend this book to students of Buddhism, people with an interest in spiritual pursuits, but it is a beautiful and moving read anyone can enjoy.