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The Mahabharata is an Indian epic, in its original Sanskrit probably the largest ever composed. Combined with the Ramayana, it embodies the essence of the Indian cultural heritage.... The Mahabharata is an absorbing tale of a feud between two branches of a single Indian ruling family that culminates in a vast, cataclysmic battle.... (Buck) has retold the story so that the modern reader will not be discouraged from knowing and loving the stories as he did himself. - Focus on ...
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The Mahabharata is an Indian epic, in its original Sanskrit probably the largest ever composed. Combined with the Ramayana, it embodies the essence of the Indian cultural heritage.... The Mahabharata is an absorbing tale of a feud between two branches of a single Indian ruling family that culminates in a vast, cataclysmic battle.... (Buck) has retold the story so that the modern reader will not be discouraged from knowing and loving the stories as he did himself. - Focus on Asian Studies Newsletter.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780452009134
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/1/1979
  • Edition description: REISSUE
  • Pages: 272
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 5.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

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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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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 29, 2003

    Awesome Epic in a Great Translation

    I was engrossed in this story from beginning to end. William Buck painstakenly took what would be a 5,000 plus page translation and turns it into a workable epic for western readers. The combination of adventure with wonderful ancient Indian spiritual insight makes this a gem.

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