Ramayana

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University of California Press, 1981 - Poetry - 432 pages
16 Reviews
Few works in world literature have inspired so vast an audience, in nations with radically different languages and cultures, as the "Ramayana and "Mahabharata, two Sanskrit verse epics written some 2,000 years ago.

In "Ramayana (written by a poet known to us as Valmiki), William Buck has retold the story of Prince Rama--with all its nobility of spirit, courtly intrigue, heroic renunciation, fierce battles, and triumph of good over evil--in a length and manner that will make the great Indian epics accessible to the contemporary reader.

The same is true for the "Mahabharata--in its original Sanskrit, probably the longest Indian epic ever composed. It is the story of a dynastic struggle, between the Kurus and Pandavas, for land. In his introduction, Sanskritist B. A. van Nooten notes, "Apart from William Buck's rendition [no other English version has] been able to capture the blend of religion and martial spirit that pervades the original epic."

Presented accessibly for the general reader without compromising the spirit and lyricism of the originals, William Buck's "Ramayana and "Mahabharata capture the essence of the Indian cultural heritage.

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User Review  - Pratiwi Pratiwi - Goodreads

Mysogyny. That was my first impression of this story. Maybe this is how society is constructed at that age. I don't know why Rama is described like perfect protagonist. He married Sita because of a ... Read full review

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User Review  - TeacherMrLoria - Goodreads

This is a beautiful story. I read a simplified English translation with students in a Socratic Seminar, but the points made and the overall message warrant a quick nod of the head. It's interesting to ... Read full review

Contents

Map
4
The Thorn in the Worlds Side
19
Taste This Water
48
Copyright

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William Buck died in 1970 at the age of 37 after more than 1William Buck died in 1970 at the age of 37 after more than 15 years of work on the "Ramayana, Mahabharata, " and the unf5 years of work on the "Ramayana, Mahabharata, " and the unfinished "Harivamsa." Of the two finished books, he wrote, "Minished "Harivamsa." Of the two finished books, he wrote, "My method in writing both Mahabharata and Ramayana was to begy method in writing both Mahabharata and Ramayana was to begin with a literal translation from which to extract the storin with a literal translation from which to extract the story, and then to tell that story in an interesting way that woy, and then to tell that story in an interesting way that would preserve the spirit and flavor of the original." uld preserve the spirit and flavor of the original.

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