- Series: Clay Sanskrit Library
- Hardcover: 576 pages
- Publisher: Clay Sanskrit; Bilingual edition (June 1, 2006)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0814762085
- ISBN-13: 978-0814762080
- Product Dimensions: 4.5 x 0.8 x 6.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 12.3 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,005,799 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Five Discourses of Worldly Wisdom (Clay Sanskrit Library) Bilingual Edition
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The translation in the present case suffers somewhat from over-cautious literalism, as if it were a school exercise. That has the effect of blunting the wit of the original and making the many verse passages embedded in the narratives come out a bit flat footed. One needn't resort to anachronism to keep the zing in a text of this kind.
The notes, however, are helpful, if occasionally a bit overly philological. It's one thing to provide context or background (and this is always useful), but another to assume that any allusion to myth, ritual, or custom situates a remark within that frame, rather than, say, commenting on it.
The Case Series was welcomed with delight in the pages of TLS and I eagerly ordered this volume, which is very relevant to work of my own, on The Case of the Animals vs Man before the King of the Jinn (Oxford University Press, 2010), a 10th century Arabic ecological fable by the Sincere Brethren of Basra (Ikhwan al-Safa) that was influenced by the irreverent tone and many touches of this text, which the Ikhwan knew in an Arabic version of a Persian adaptation. The Case series was to be a Sanskrit counterpart to the Loeb Classical Library. But rumor from good sources now has it that the sponsorship has ended. That's regrettable!
Lenn E. Goodman, Professor of Philosophy, Vanderbilt University
Andrew W. Mellon Professor in the Humanities.