- Hardcover: 864 pages
- Publisher: Routledge; 1 edition (November 2, 2001)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0700713824
- ISBN-13: 978-0700713820
- Product Dimensions: 2.8 x 6 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #6,182,529 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Sanskrit Language: An Introductory Grammar and Reader. Revised Edition (2 Vol. Set) 1st Edition
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And that's a damn shame, because the budget-priced reprinting is one of the poorest-quality paperbacks I have ever seen, especially from a respectable academic publisher. Routledge have combined the two hardback volumes into a single 850-page paperback. It's ungainly, and it has a cheap glue binding. The spine will start to crack when you're still in the initial chapters, and pages will be falling out liberally when you're only halfway through the book. If you come across the hardback somewhere for a reasonable price, by all means get that.
I would recommend that total beginners (by which I mean neophytes to Sanskrit who already have a solid grounding in Greek and Latin) turn to Hart's A Rapid Sanskrit Method, which is marvelously friendly and effective. Maurer's is more of an intermediate textbook as the sheer amount of vocabulary he presents in each chapter is likely to daunt readers looking for a mere introduction. However, Maurer's book does have great value in its exercises (translations into Sanskrit really help to reinforce what one has learned), its fine clarification of Sanskrit idiom, and its enjoyable reading passages.
If you are planning to use the text to learn sanskrit on your own, you should know that it was intended to be used in conjunction with a teacher, and so--as another reviewer pointed out--does not have an "answer key" to all the lessons. Some students may find this frustrating, but I believe it may actually prove to your advantage in the long run, forcing you to really dig in and work through challenging passages on your own, and possibly to contact other students/teachers to consult here and there. In any case, if you are serious about learning this amazing language, you won't be disappointed with the purchase.