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The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1 Books 1, 2 and 3 [Kindle Edition]

Kisari Mohan Ganguli
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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This book was converted from its physical edition to the digital format by a community of volunteers. You may find it for free on the web. Purchase of the Kindle edition includes wireless delivery.

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  • File Size: 2042 KB
  • Print Length: 1492 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004TRTM0Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,575 Free in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Free in Kindle Store)
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35 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Detailed and authentic September 9, 2011
By ramani
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The Mahabharath is an epic book which has all the elements of greed,power,property,religion,philosophy etc to name a few.Being fast paced and intricate it captures people's mind and imagination.
I was not very sure when I started reading the book but I changed my mind after a few chapters. Its extremely detailed and well written.It has made me aware of all the stories and the reasoning's.It surpasses Rajagopalachari's book in terms of detailing all the stories.
This is a wonderful read for a closer look at Mahabharatha. Definitely recommended!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Infinitely complex July 9, 2012
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I first encountered this book in researching the history of chess for some chess articles I was writing. I had heard that chess was originated in ancient India, and that it was first mentioned, and perhaps even had it's origin (although that's very odd for a book or story to start a game, so I think I must have misunderstood) in the story. So that was my particular reason for reading this. As with chess, I quickly became both fascinated and overwhelmed by the level of complexity. There are stories within stories within stories. It is difficult to keep track of who is who and what is happening, although certainly not impossible, because it is not an incoherent story, just very complicated. It is of course abridged. I cannot imagine reading the unabridged version, although many do. It is a sacred Hindu text, so many religious and historical scholars study it in depth. But it can be read from a child's point of view as well, without analyzing everything, but just accepting the stories of the brothers and cousins who fought over a piece of land and all the animals who change back and forth from one form to another, interacting with the characters. In fact, I think that might be the best way to read this. Just let go of understanding any metaphorical implications and enjoy the stories. I also recommend letting go of the goal of understanding the story if you want to enjoy it. Just relax and float down the river with the stories that in some ways remind me of the Just So stories by Rudyard Kipling. I am sure he was greatly influenced by this text.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars mahabharata-the beginning March 28, 2013
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Want to know who you really are? This would be a thousands years old Indian massive Classic story to help! has it in stock-beautifully presented! Get it ASAP.You will be carried to over 3 ,000 years ago.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome book April 3, 2013
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Very well translated. what i wanted from the mahabharata. all the tales connected to the mahabharata are very well explained and i learned a lot from this book.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect October 13, 2013
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Delightful reading. Interesting insight to olden days in the East. Definitely gives you a lot to think about. Ancient text in an ebook.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Literal translation without prejudice.. July 26, 2014
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It is a great read if you have some background information about mahabharata. Being a literal translation, it takes time to get used to the tone of the book. However, if you want to read original mahabharata without authors interpretation, this is the book. If you have no idea about Mahabharata, I will suggest to read 'Jaya' by Devdutt Patnaik and then read this book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars authentic and looong May 16, 2014
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If you like a good story, love history & philosophy, have lots of time and prefer the original source (over modern spin), this is a great book to read. Growing up, I learnt much of the story, but except as comics, I never before read even an abridged version of the great epic. It took me one year to finish the first volume. Written (or translated) over hundred years ago, there are lots of words that is not in common usage today. But the Kindle makes it easy to look up the words. The most frustrating thing about the book is the volume of extraneous stuff - beginning of first book and significant part of book 3 (travels during the exile) that doesn't contribute much to the story. If you can skim these, the meat of the book is a joy to read. As I read, I am watching the Sun TV (tamil) version of the epic.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great story for anyone April 28, 2014
By SFsue
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I love this story. I am not Indian but enjoyed the rich stories that are such important part of the Indian culture. A great story regardless of where you are from. Very Shakespearean and very Greek and much older than either.
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