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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2003

    Excellent translation for educated laypeople

    Edgerton's translation, while not poetic, is clear and straighforward, useful for navigating difficult passages. Furthermore, unlike some translators of the Gita, Edgerton does not have a specific religious viewpoint or agenda that he's trying to further. Finally, his interpretive essay (included at the end of this volume) is simply superb and worth the price of the book. If you want to read the Gita for pleasure or devotional purposes, Edgerton is not for you, but this is a fine translation for the educated layperson. As a director of religious education at a Unitarian Universalist church, I consistently recommend Edgerton's translation to individuals wanting to read the Bhagavad Gita for the first time. There's a reason it's been in print so long -- it's a good, solid translation!

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