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Product Details

  • Paperback: 630 pages
  • Publisher: Tara Press; 1st edition (July 5, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8183860788
  • ISBN-13: 978-8183860789
  • Product Dimensions: 8.4 x 5.5 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,438,436 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Tagore is a master of language and character portrayal, drawing the reader in with every new chapter.
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It took me 5 days to read and complete this book.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 12, 1999
Gora is inteligent, energetic and a strong believer. He believes in believing and acting for those beliefs. He is strong he is aggressive. He thinks that the strong belief can bring in all the good. Strong belief in God, Culture, country, ... will automatically make them self confident and will lead to progress. Which will eliminate the problems for the society. He subscribes to the beliefs, that he thinks are birth right to him. He is strong Hindu, He is strong Indian, Strong __, ... At the end he comes to know that his all the beliefs are baseless. He is devastated! The meaning of his existence was closely bound to his beliefs, but there is nothing to believe. What can he survive on? He gains new insights and so do we.
All the women characters are simply great!! Which is very characteristic of Tagore and Sharad Chandra.
This book changed me!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Manojendu Choudhury on May 14, 2001
To truly appreciate this book one needs to have some fair idea of the social, religious and political situation of India during the late nineteenth-early twentieth century. This book revolutionised the thinking and beliefs of the then contemporary modern thinkers and intellectuals, laying the foundation of the idea of a secular Indian society. The underlying theme is the essence of being a human, and very few in the history of mankind could find words that brings this out so beautifully (more so in the original Bengali, much of it is lost in the English translation). The reader undergoes the journey of self discovery along with the main protagonist, Gora. The beauty of Tagore's writing is that the unpredicatability and the vulnerability of the characters make them so natural and real, bringing out the inherent self-contradictions of human beings until they discover their true self and then all the cunfusions and the contradictions in one's own faith vanish. One finds one's place in this cosmos, realises the implication of being a human, experiences the beauty of life. And this makes the appeal of the book timeless.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 22, 2011
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Don't buy this kindle edition. The book is a classic in Indian literature, but this edition has the worst translation. The author has translated bengali into english word to word, with no semblance of grammar, sentence structure or meaning. Better get the penguin paperback edition, and not this mess.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By allthatfall on August 29, 2007
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This book is sometimes referred to as Tagore's response to Kipling's Kim, but it's much more; in fact, there's only a single British official in the novel, and he only appears for several pages. This novel takes place in Kolkata in the mid 1880s (?), and focuses on the generation coming of age a few decades after the Sepoy Rebellion, especially on the Brahman revivalist Gora and his close friend Binoy, who is drawn to a less restrictive code. They form close personal, and gradually romantic connections, with the strong-willed girls in a family involved in the equally restrictive Hindu Samaj movement. Though the characters struggle to reconcile themselves with Bengali etiquette, they also embody the modernizing impulses of the nascent nationalist movement that is informed by English education and social values.

The above may sound dry, but the novel is quite gripping, and it provides a nuanced and loving recreation of a generation struggling to come to terms with India's extreme cultural & religious diversity and the outside influences that place additional strain on it. And, from our post-Partition perspective, we see perhaps the last, best chance to create one, comprehensive Bharatvarsha.

Although it has a very helpful introduction and notes, I've given the work 4 stars because of the occasional misspellings and syntactic trainwrecks that occur every 30 or 40 pages (there aren't many, but when they occur, it's quite messy).
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Janizari786 on November 13, 2012
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This is truly a sad, pathetic translation of a masterwork of Bengali Literature. It is mind boggling how Amazon does not exercise product control over Kindle Editions. I feel ripped off and it's not the first time. Truly appalling.
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