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Gora Paperback – July 5, 2008
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All the women characters are simply great!! Which is very characteristic of Tagore and Sharad Chandra.
This book changed me!
At the heart of it though is the old battle of individuals against the collective, or many collectives. The Hindu society & Brahmo society - the latter, more rational, spiritual, even westernized - constantly battle for the hearts & minds of our protagonists. A hundred & fifty years earlier, Tagore was prescient enough to show that religions - whether palpitating with dogma or resplendent in their philosophical construct - are simply a us versus them after all. They define themselves by how they differ from other religions & they hold you down as a collective with scant regard to your individuality. Add to this, the complexity of nationalism at battle with cronyism, visions & beliefs constantly at odd with experience, & you get a tapestry of undercurrents that swept through the late 19th century Calcutta.
Brilliant, complex & compelling.
I will say however, that without some knowledge of India and Indian history the rich meanings and tensions in this book would be lost on the reader. This doesn't mean that you wouldn't enjoy it, just not to its fullest. Tagore is truly one of the greatest Indian writers of all time and this is one of his finest works.
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Arrived on time. I have read this book several times. Always a great read.Published 13 months ago by desha
This is truly a sad, pathetic translation of a masterwork of Bengali Literature. It is mind boggling how Amazon does not exercise product control over Kindle Editions. Read morePublished on November 13, 2012 by Janizari786
The Kindle edition of this famous novel is a disgrace to Tagore. I am amazed that Amazon keeps this on its list. The translation is unbelievably bad.Published on November 29, 2011 by Bill
'Gora', a novel by Rabindranath Tagore was published in 1910. Being one of the most popular & complex works by Tagore, Gora tries to bring out the complex issues of the society... Read morePublished on June 17, 2011 by Sumita Chavli
It took me 5 days to read and complete this book. It captivated me through and through. It is fascinating how the two main male figures in the book, both Gora and Binoy are aspects... Read morePublished on May 8, 2011 by Coach Keya