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The Mahabharata (Penguin Classics) Paperback – Abridged, July 28, 2009
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Unfortunatly, the Buitenen-Fitzgerald complete and highly accurate translation is far from finished (4 volumes, 7 Mahabharata books)and the old Ganguli is hard to read as a pleasure (the original is beautiful verse)
This anthology/summary fills a gap, and achieves it in the better manner. Is enjoying and accurate, and most time one can read actual translation from the Mahabharata text.
I mentioned this because the Sanskrit (Devanagari) text was taken from an online source which is supervised by the author of this Mahabharata translation. At the time of his allowing the use of that part of the Mahabharata Sanskrit text, I was unaware that he was to publish this book.
This is an exceptional translation and in a way it is on par with the work which was began by J.A.B. van Buitenen for the University of Chicago, except that this is not as extensive.
This is a good primer for the Mahabharata published by University of Chicago. The English is a true rendering and is practically flawless.
the Mahabharata the same as the bible tries to unify in one narrative different accounts from ancient folklore, philosophy and mythology, the problem is that the original form its huge! You really have to be selective in order to offer a readable version to sane people.
But if you are looking for Indian philosophy and mythology better look for another book, this one is focused on the battle narrative, that occupies more or less half of the book in monotonous, excessively related, boring, details of the battle.
I would preferred that the 400 pages of battle would be resumed in 10 and the rest to be focused on the philosophical speeches and to be less abridged about the rich mythology. the same number of pages but different priority on what to put and what to leave out.
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Lovely, thought-provoking yet concise presentation of such a rich piece of philosophical literature. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Eve
it is very slow reading if you want to keep your bearings reading this one. so many people and stories and places. Read morePublished 7 months ago by melissa mendenhall
An epic in Sanskrit literature that is a collision of mortals, gods and demons. A must read for students of Hinduism.Published 15 months ago by Michael Boyajian