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Vikram and the Vampire; Classic Hindu Tales of Adventure, Magic, and Romance Paperback – May 19, 2013

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 132 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (May 19, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1475127057
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475127058
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 0.3 x 10 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.5 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,177,016 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Elli on March 23, 2012
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Great bedtime stories, and not only for children. I loved reading a story or two in the evening. Always exciting, with many twists, authentic, classic India.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By HappyGoLucky on December 29, 2013
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The book makes an excellent and joyous read, but be warned, this is not a original translation.

Richard Burton has taken the concept of Vikram Baital (from Katha Saritha Sagara) and twisted it around completely. At many places he has combined multiple stories which make no logical sense and at some places he has made innovations. The original is nothing like this.

As an example, in the final story, the Bethala in its eagerness to provide a grand finale, predicts the British invasion of India and its consequences.

Anyhow, it is fun to read. Took away 2 stars for misrepresentation.

Anyone interested in the actual story should read Volumes 6/7 of Katha Saritha Sagara translated by Penzer/Tawney. They are available free online
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By David Loeff author of on January 5, 2013
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Captain Sir Richard Francis Burton translated 10 volumes of the Arabian Nights proper, plus half as many volumes of supplemental material. However, his translation of Vikram and the Vampire only includes 11 of the original 25 stories. Not only is it a quicker read, its writing style is far less archaic than that of the Arabian Nights. Even so, it does not read like a contemporary bestseller, but, then again, it's old stuff, but that adds to its charm.

Perhaps King Vikram should not have given his promise to the yogi. Now it's too late to withdraw it. He has agreed to retrieve a corpse, but there's a catch -- the corpse is possessed by a baital (or vetala) -- an Indian demon or vampire. On the chosen night, Vikram and his son enter the cemetery where they find the vampire hanging upside down from a tree limb. After some effort, they capture the vampire, but it escapes. The vampire then strikes a deal with Vikram: He'll allow himself to be carried while telling a story, but at its conclusion, a riddle will be asked. Once Vikram answers correctly, the vampire escapes. And so, story after story is told through the long night until finally Vikram is stumped for an answer.

The stories are witty, satirical and fantastic. In one, three suitors attempt to animate the remains of their intended bride. One carries her ashes, another carries her bones, and a third recites an incantation to bring her back to life. If they succeed in reviving the beauty, which suitor will marry her? Vikram knows and so will we.

In a story about a learned scholar and his three sons, `atheist' receives four definitions. Of these, the most common is that an atheist is someone whose beliefs are different from one's own.
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By The Muse on October 5, 2013
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I spent my working years as a writing tutor and editor. I have read, evaluated, and improved countless documents, including an entire book for the National Academy of Science, among others. I wish to add a measure of understanding for anyone who cares to share it with me by viewing it.

Richard Francis Burton is an ever-increasingly popular author who was an explorer as well, and who wrote one of the most readable and enjoyable translations of The Arabian Nights. In fact, there are volumes and volumes of that. If anyone cares to know a little more, just go to Project Gutenberg and see the long list of available items under the author name of Richard Francis Burton.

While it is not important to consider Burton's credentials before accepting this spirited collection into your life, just give it a try. If you find something you don't understand, it won't cost you anything but the punch of a button to learn more. Highlight a word and you'll see that Kindle has provided a dictionary right in each Kindle book you will ever order, free or otherwise.

My wise mother, even when I was 7 years old, instead of answering the request "Mommy, what does this word mean?" would always say "Look it up in the dictionary, dear, and don't forget to check the etymology." It wasn't long before I made that my habit. All my life I have looked up every word I didn't know, even to find the etymology if I didn't know it.

There's nothing wrong with learning. Books can actually be instruments of self-improvement, not merely devices to pass the time. Don't you want to improve? Give it a try.
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I would have given it a much higher rating but for the irreverent manner in which Richard Burton has translated it from Sanskrit. He seems to be in a dilemma how he should approach this classic and ancient work. On one hand, the very fact he translated it shows he admired it. But right through his work he has indulged in irreverent language which betrays his inability to come to terms with this non-European classic, fearing it would be accepted by his ilk only if it is shown not too well in comparison with European works. His attempt to pass off his own story of the arrival the English in India is comic and pathetic. A clear case of a great scholar making an ass of himself ! My rating of Two Stars is for the translation by Richard Burton. My rating for the original stories would be Five Stars.
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