Mahabharata

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University of California Press, 1973 - Social Science - 417 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  - 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

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User 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

Contents

In the Beginning
3
The Ring and the Well
27
The Falling Sand
95
An Iron Net
167
The Invasion
215
Sanjaya Returns
249
Trees of Gold
265
The Enchanted Lake
285
In the End
329
The Blade of Grass
333
The Lonely Encounter
353
Parikshita
373
The Timeless Path
389
The City of Gates
401
Notes
413
Reference List of Characters
415

The Night
309

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About the author (1973)

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

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