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Mrityunjaya, the death conqueror: The story of Karna Hardcover – 1989


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 697 pages
  • Publisher: Writers Workshop (1989)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8171890024
  • ISBN-13: 978-8171890026
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.4 x 1.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,201,574 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Great and the only book I have read on the life of Karna.
Nitin Thakkar
I have read the hindi version of the book long time back and was absolutely thrilled (even though I was in grade 6th) I would like my son to read this book.
S. Kumar
There are various characters involved with the life of Karna and the author had brought them to life by actually making them tell their story.
Vinay Medhekar

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Vinay Medhekar on July 22, 2000
Format: Hardcover
Amazing book on the life of Karna, the famous warrior who participated in the great Mahabharata war. The story has an inimitable style. There are various characters involved with the life of Karna and the author had brought them to life by actually making them tell their story. And the continuity about the life story of Karna is not lost. This is the wonderful part of narrating a story where each important character speaks to you and expresses his or her story, their roles. The story has really done a justice to the characters and the role model that Karna played in the great epic. This style of presenting a story I believe was first introduced by V. S. Khandekar in his Award winning novel "Yayati" (which is another stupendous novel). And was adopted by Shivaji Sawant. The best part of the story is the years of research that went in developing this story from a 4 thousand year old epic. The book presents the story in its best possible authentic form. It is hard not to lose yourself in the world created by the author which though thousands of years old is made contemporary by the human feelings and thoughts that are timeless. The characters in the book have not been glorified as pious heroes and helps to make it easier to identify to real world then to some mystic story. The great story telling power of Shivaji Sawant and his thought provoking underliners about the duties of man are an eye opener. This was the first Marathi novel that I read and fell in love with it and with it the Marathi literature. Hats off to you Mr. Sawant.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nachiket A. Kulkarni on February 5, 2005
Format: Hardcover
A semi autobiographical novel which is beautifully written to reveal the essence of the austere Karna. The novel gives an account of Karna's life from childhood to death from his point of view.The incidents of the Mahabharata and their effects on Karna are very well expressed. Right from his magnanimity to the wild tumult in his mind, each small incidence is impressively depicted.

This is one novel definitely worth reading...work of a lifetime.Truely, in every sense, a tribute to the brave,unconquered warrior.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Patricia M. Brandon on August 26, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I just love this book. My brother picked it up while he was in India. The outside of the book is black silk that looks like the bark of a tree with a red streak of fake blood pouring down one side of it. It is such a romantic book. The emotions of the characters are revealed in a poetic way almost. Deep, alluring. The images are fantastic. I love the chapters being from different viewpoints of the participants. Love this book.
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A must read for anyone interested in the Mahabharata. The story of Karna my favorite among all the characters in the Mahabharata
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