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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - ashishg - LibraryThing
Mahabharata is the one of the most important, interesting and influential mythology/story in the whole world. C Rajagopalachari does a great job of translating this epic poem into English making it ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - bethlakshmi - LibraryThing
A nice sized paperback, probably fairly accurate, though certainly trimmed. I personally don't care for Buck much, I find his translations a little bit dry and in an archiac style. It's probably quite accurate, but it's just not fun for me to read. Read full review
In the Beginning
The Ring and the Well
The Falling Sand
An Iron Net
Trees of Gold
The Enchanted Lake
In the End
The Blade of Grass
The Lonely Encounter
The Timeless Path
The City of Gates
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