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Mahābhārata (R. K. Narayan ed.) by Vyasa
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Mahābhārata (R. K. Narayan ed.)

by Vyasa, R. K. Narayan (Editor)

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"Growing from an oral tradition of ballads based on historic events in India, the Mahabharata was passed down and extended through the centuries, becoming the longest poem ever written. R. K. Narayan provides a superb rendition in an abbreviated and elegant retelling of this great epic."
  Saraswati_Library | Nov 12, 2008 |
Having never read the unabridged Mahabharata (which runs to about 100,000 stanzas or roughly 8x the length of Homer's Iliad and Odyssey combined - making it one of the longest written compositions in the world, not to mention making it unlikely that i'll ever get around to reading it) it is difficult to adequately review an abridged version. However, I can make a few comments.

Narayan renders this extensive work into a brief 179 pages, an amazing feat, and produces a very well written and entertaining story. This comes at a cost, however, as many of the more esoteric dialogs have been removed leaving the fundamental story and plot, without much of the philosophical ideas that make it a rich religious text.
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Growing from an oral tradition of ballads based on historic events in India, the Mahabharata was passed down and extended through the centuries, becoming the longest poem ever written. R. K. Narayan provides a superb rendition in an abbreviated and elegant retelling of this great epic.

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This work is a shortened prose rendering of a poem considered to be the longest in any language and some 3500 years old. One of the founding epics of Indian culture, it's characters are obsessed with the rise and fall of gods, empires and heroes.

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