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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!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.