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University of California Press, 1981 - Rama (Hindu deity) - 432 pages
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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


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