- Series: Clay Sanskrit Library
- Hardcover: 473 pages
- Publisher: Clay Sanskrit (January 1, 2007)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0814767230
- ISBN-13: 978-0814767238
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 6.6 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,914,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“No effort has been spared to make these little volumes as attractive as possible to readers: the paper is of high quality, the typesetting immaculate. The founders of the series are John and Jennifer Clay, and Sanskritists can only thank them for an initiative intended to make the classics of an ancient Indian language accessible to a modern international audience.”
-The Times Higher Education Supplement
“Very few collections of Sanskrit deep enough for research are housed anywhere in North America. Now, twenty-five hundred years after the death of Shakyamuni Buddha, the ambitious Clay Sanskrit Library may remedy this state of affairs.”
“The books line up on my shelf like bright Bodhisattvas ready to take tough questions or keep quiet company. They stake out a vast territory, with works from two millennia in multiple genres: aphorism, lyric, epic, theater, and romance.”
-Willis G. Regier,The Chronicle Review
“Published in the geek-chic format.”
“The Clay Sanskrit Library represents one of the most admirable publishing projects now afoot. . . . Anyone who loves the look and feel and heft of books will delight in these elegant little volumes.”
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I don't yet have all of the volumes to this wonderful undertaking (and all volumes are not even complete!), but Johnson's translation of Book 3 (The Forest) is much closer to a word-for-word take on the Sanskrit. I enjoyed it thoroughly, especially the Robbing of the Earrings story.
Finding one's favorite stories (in Sanskrit) and reading them over and over is how we learn the language. This book doesn't do a good job of facilitating that process. Even the English is a bit verbose and "poetic". For instance, instead of "sharpened arrows", the author prefers "whetted arrows," a term one doesn't hear often. This hurts the flow of the reading in my opinion, but some may not mind so much.
If you'd like a decent "side-by-side" type of Sanskrit reading, check out ISKCON's Srimad Bhagavatam and Bhagavad-Gita (as it is). The Sanskrit, the word for word translations, and the loose translations are all given on the same page, verse by verse. The online vedabase versions also allow you to click on each Sanskrit word and view many other instances of its use throughout the texts.