I can't quite figure out what possessed Hesse to write this story and then call it Siddhartha. So he thinks he can improve on the Buddha's story. Okay, fine. The Buddha was just a cool dude who said some stuff, but Hesse figured it all out. Okay, fine. But then why call it Siddhartha??? Wouldn't that seem a little confusing? Maaaybe a little misleading to the large numbers of people who don't know the Buddha's story?
That's like if I wrote a book called Jesus, about a guy named Jesus...Smith, who lived in the time of Jesus Christ, and who was also the son of a carpenter named Joseph and a virgin named Mary, born in a Manger and visited by three Kings who just happened to be wandering through the desert in December following a star. BUT don't confuse Jesus Smith and Jesus Christ based on these striking similarities between the characters which seem to serve no apparent purpose other than to bewilder generations of college students. So then J.S. grows up, gets all spiritual and stuff, and meets J.C., who is more or less cool, but decides not to hang out with him because he knows the real deal. Then he gets a job working on a boat. The End.