Tales of Ancient India

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University of Chicago Press, Jul 15, 1969 - Fiction - 267 pages
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"This admirably produced and well-translated volume of stories from the Sanskrit takes the Western reader into one of the Golden Ages of India. . . . The world in which the tales are set is one which placed a premium upon slickness and guile as aids to success. . . . Merchants, aristocrats, Brahmins, thieves and courtesans mingle with vampires, demi-gods and the hierarchy of heaven in a series of lively or passionate adventures. The sources of the individual stories are clearly indicated; the whole treatment is scholarly without being arid."—The Times Literary Supplement

"Fourteen tales from India, newly translated with a terse and vibrant effectiveness. These tales will appeal to any reader who enjoys action, suspense, characterization, and suspension of disbelief in the supernatural."—The Personalist
 

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User Review  - bethlakshmi - LibraryThing

Absolutely yummy! One of my favorites, the stories are fun to read, yet still very Indian-feeling. Stories are also fairly secular and of varying lengths. Read full review

Contents

II
11
III
13
IV
16
V
20
VI
23
VII
25
VIII
32
IX
37
XVIII
111
XIX
128
XX
131
XXI
138
XXII
157
XXIII
161
XXIV
164
XXV
168

X
43
XI
51
XII
54
XIII
58
XIV
65
XV
72
XVI
79
XVII
102
XXVI
170
XXVII
179
XXVIII
180
XXIX
205
XXX
218
XXXI
259
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