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The Ramayana and Mahabharata
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The Ramayana and Mahabharata [Kindle Edition]

Romesh C. Dutt
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Book Description

This is an abridged verse translation of the two longest epic poems in world literature, the Ramayana and Mahabharata. This translation is surprisingly readable and very moving once you get used to the rhymed couplet format. This also serves as an ideal introduction to the sprawling plots of these epic tales.--J.B. Hare

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Product Details

  • File Size: 453 KB
  • Print Length: 496 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0559121008
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Evinity Publishing Inc; 1.0 edition (May 25, 2009)
  • Publication Date: May 25, 2009
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002B55Q4M
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Lending: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #929,680 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Rhyming Couplets = Painful Read October 2, 2013
By Dan
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Normally you can get away with public domain translations. I suggest avoiding this one.

This has been stated before, but I didn't think it was a big deal. However, it is a big deal. The use of rhyming couplets is painful to read. The language is forced, artificial, and I end up speaking like that in my head. Bad. Bad. Bad.

I have a doctorate (classical literature), so it's not as if reading texts in translation -- or understanding the difficulties of translation -- is a new experience to me. Nevertheless, I put my reader down after forcing myself to finish the first part of the first section.

My suggestion: if you are new to this material and want to learn the story (this and many other texts are heavily abridged), go check out the entry in a detailed encyclopedia. Something like the Oxford Classical Dictionary would do the trick. You could bounce around entries of Wikipedia, etc. But don't bother with this. The date of the translation isn't a problem (1899). Archaism is expected, but the forced rhyming is just brutal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Epic poetry from Vedic culture June 11, 2012
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This lyric poetry encompasses the great heroic stories at the heart of India. The evoked imagery Is translated faithfully in this timeless classic.
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