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Mahabharata Paperback – November 14, 2000
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Buck created his version in the 1960's, resolving to tell the story in his own way, which would be accessible to readers in English but remain faithful to the spirit, if not the letter, of the original. He condensed, rewrote, and reinterpreted in order to make a work which he hoped would please and delight his readers while preserving the essential story. The result is very controversial, and the controversy continues to this day (Buck died in 1970).
Many readers, including me, appreciate the artistry and skill of Buck's writing. I am puzzled, however, by the changes that he made in the story. For example, Buck has Krishna kill Dushsasana prior to the battle (in Vyasa, Dushsasana is killed by Bhima at Kurukshetra). For another example, in Buck's version, it is Virata's son Uttara who breaks into the Kuru's Lotus formation during the battle (and is subsequently killed). In Vyasa, the protagonist is Abhimanyu, son of Arjuna.Read more ›
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The adventures are wonderful!! A very entertaining read.
I am thankful there is a translation. Enjoy!!!
Very readable version of this epic tale. The language is preserved though to keep intact the ancient quality of the text.Published on July 12, 2014 by Kevin C.
If you have any interest in India at all, do yourself a favor and read this book. It's a poetic retelling of India's greatest epic, and along with The Ramayana, the basis of... Read morePublished on October 15, 2013 by whistler
Great read! Great story! Interesting Characters! Definitely a book worthy to read if you are tired of American or British Lit. Read morePublished on October 8, 2013 by Tiffany Adams