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The Gift Of A Cow: A Translation Of The Classic Hindi Novel Godaan

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Godan, a story of stark realism, is Premchand's most outstanding novel. The realism, artistry and tenderness with which he has created the characters here, particularly that of Hori, are unparalleled and unsurpassed in the whole fiction of India. Hori is an immortal character symbolic of the peasantry of this country. 16th Enlarged edition.
Published (first published January 1st 1936)
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Pallo(gmail)
Lots of typos n grammatical mistakes in the English translation..will try to get my hands onto the original hindi version..but nonetheless painful n true portrayal of rural life in India.
Madhulika Liddle
Jun 02, 2014 Madhulika Liddle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Godaan - literally, the donation of a cow - seems, when this landmark novel of Premchand's first begins, an event unlikely to happen, because the story starts with a poor farmer's desire to somehow buy a cow. Hori, the 40-year old protagonist of the book, owns three meagre bighas of land, is in debt to various moneylenders in his village, and (along with his wife Dhaniya, their 17-year old son Gobardhan 'Gobar' and their two young daughters Sona and Rupa) is living pretty much a hand-to-mouth ex ...more
Shreya Bora
Apr 07, 2012 Shreya Bora rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
No words of mine can describe the greatness of this novel.
All i can remember is...i was inconsolably crying when i finished reading this novel (without even realizing that i was actually crying)....

I am a modern girl hailing from a metro city.....never in my life have i been to a village, i have never seen farms....have never met any Peasent...realization of there existence in this world had never before occurred to me......i had often heard the news of farmers committing suicide...I had seen Ra
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Vinay Joshi
Dec 11, 2015 Vinay Joshi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
---गोदान - मेरे भाव---
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"होरी को जब अपने घर में गाय आने की संभावना का पता लगा तो उसकी आँखें जैसे चमक उठीं। सोचा घर में गाय आने का सौभागय मिलेगा तो जीवन खिल उठेगा। इसी आशा में जिंदगी जीता रहा। मरते समय भी मानों यही लगता था कि बेटे गोबर के साथ गाय घर आ गयी है।"

परेमचंदजी ने मनुषय की आशाओं और चाहतों का जो विवरण गोदान में रचा है वह बिरला भी है और असंसकृत भी। गाय इस उपनयास में मनुषय की आशाओं का रूपक भी है और सूचक भी।

पुरे उपनयास में एक बार भी ऐसा नहीं लगा कि परेमचंदजी किसी भी परथा, निय
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Pulkit Verma
Nov 15, 2012 Pulkit Verma rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I simply couldn't do justice by writing anything about this book. The characters feel so lively that you forget that they are from a book. A true insight into the lives of Indians. You feel the pain of characters, you enjoy with them, in short you feel what they feel. A completely gripping novel with a great philosophical touch. You can only turn into a die-hard fan of Premchand Ji. A must must read for every Indian. And please don't read it in any language other than Hindi.
Pushpam Singh
Aug 18, 2010 Pushpam Singh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my first exposure to the projected banal Hindi Literature but to my amazement it swept me off floor when i finished reading it. My friend gave it to me and hence i started reading.
Munshi premchand is really a maestro in writing. It is hard to find someone even in English who can be compared to his writing skills.
The story is about a peasant who fights with Zamindars for his survival.
Most impressive aspect of this story is the stronghold over characters. Premchand never loses that. Mi
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Shashank Garg
Aug 20, 2013 Shashank Garg rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Godaan is not a novel of peasant India. It is a novel of contrast. It depicts how, the peasant India dies day-by-day under the burden of debt which compounds exponentially within years, while those in the higher class are busy with their own little schemes. They play out their own games and suffer their own defeats. But the rigidity of the society does not leave any room for morality to prevail.

It is a picture of India as I had never seen before. Written before 1935, it hardly mentions the Briti
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Bookworm1858
An interesting look at intersections of caste and class, the rising nationalism, and comparisons between village and city life in 1930s India.
Shefali Mehta
Feb 09, 2016 Shefali Mehta rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, indian
I am totally blown away by Premchand's dexterity in handling characters! So many characters, but not one is stereotyped or made to look like a caricature. All the major ones change over the course of the novel with the circumstances and reveal new sides to them. He does not try to garner insincere pity for the peasants, nor does he completely demonize the zamindars and other rich people. It is the unencumbered life energy, the medley of emotions and experiences, that runs from page to page. And ...more
Aamir
Sep 07, 2010 Aamir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is about the most hardhitting book that I have read against wealth itself! It covers a period and society in India where exploitation is common. Not as good as Munhi Premchand's short stories, but a terrific book neverthless.
ahmad  afridi
Jul 17, 2016 ahmad afridi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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منشی جی نے ایک دیہات ا ور ملحقہ شہر میں رہنے والوں کے حالات اور ترجیحات کو بہت خوبصورتی سے بیان کیا ہے ایک طرف گاؤں ہے جہاں ایک گائے خریدنا ہی آپ کا سب سے بڑا ارمان ہو اور اپ کے اس ارمان کے راستے میں مختلف معاشرتی بندھن اور مجبوریاں حائل ہو . زندگی کی بنیادی ضروریات نہ ملتی ہو . پورے سال کے خون پسینے سے تیار کیے ہوئے کھیت کھڑے کھڑے ساہوکار سود کے مد میں ہڑپ کر جائے . اور پھر ہوری جیسا کردار جو خاندان ، برادری اور دھرم کے گن چکر میں الجھ کر رہ جاتا ہے اور اپنی ساری پونجھی انہی بھرموں کو قائم رکھن ...more
Abhinav Yadav
Oct 23, 2015 Abhinav Yadav rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
31 July 1880, Lamahi Village (Near Varanasi) - 8 Oct 1936 Varanasi

परेमचंद की भाषा बनारस से परभावित है| देहात के कई शबदो का जयों का तयों उपयोग किया गया है, जो भाव और संजञा को सटीकता से बोध कराते हैं| कहानी के साथ साथ एक विचारधारा भी चलती है जिसमे गरीबों की परिसथिति और अमीरों की मन:सतिथि दरशाई गई है| कहानी काफी मारमिक है और लेखनी गरीबों के लिए सोचने पर विवश कर देती है| गोदान में गाय तो नाम मातर की है| कहानी तो किसान की अभिलाषा की है जो उसके साथ ही चल बसती है!

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Madhu
Sep 20, 2014 Madhu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this book I like most is the commendable exposition of human nature by the author. The way he expressed the life of a man: the criteria behind the growth & limitations of human beings, is extremely touching. He beautifully revealed that even after giving one's full.... there is something that limits the growth of man.

And when I was brooding over....these limitations: 'what controls us', 'what confines us'; it reminded me the Newton's first law that objects behave predictably; moving obje
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Rosun Rajkumar
Jun 14, 2012 Rosun Rajkumar rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
It's been such a long time since an old friend of mine suggested this book to me. My favourite Indian writer till now has been RK Narayan. Now, after reading Munshi Premchand, there is a tie! The plethora of characters in Godaan, the village-city conflict depicted, the zamindari system portrayed all add up to this book being one of the magnum opus ever to grace Indian readers. I was spell-bound as to even think each character will be so beautifully laid out- each having his/her moments, ups and ...more
Pawanraj
Nov 17, 2014 Pawanraj rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Describes the Life of a poor farmer Hori and his struggle to keep alive in the milieu of British Raj.

Hori is a poor farmer, who has 3 acres of farmland, which he and his 2 daughters, a son and wife till. However, he is perenially in debt and is therefore never really the master of his own destiny. He is, however, largely at peace with his life and the only thing he wants is to own a cow. One day, he sees a milkman coming toward him with exactly the kind of cow he wants, but he has to hold his h
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Saurabh
Aug 18, 2011 Saurabh rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I read this in Hindi - it was my first Hindi novel. My hindi reading was very rusty when I started, but the book drew me in, and it is a compliment to it that I read it all, and I read it all with "gusto".

Premchand is best when he writes about the village life. The stories of the main character Hori, a serf, and his family, are superbly written. The recurring theme here is hopelessness. Good things happen from time to time, but it's all generally downhill. In the beginning, Hori's landlord talk
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Komal Mehta
Jul 15, 2011 Komal Mehta rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own
It's really difficult for us, the 21st century group, to comment anything about the old, un-educated, under-addressed, village life. I have personally never been to any village, and seen those earthen houses, and oil lamps. But this book has pictured those days as real, before my eyes. It was really devastating to even imagine the poor state of a family, where the single earner of the family knows his responsibilities, and keeps on working like oxes; son leaving for a city to have never come bac ...more
Ankit Modi
Aug 11, 2016 Ankit Modi rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Munshi Premchand's satire is so subtle that you might almost miss it if you aren't careful enough while reading. Godan takes you to a very different world and yet, you feel that its characters are scattered around in your own life. Every person seems like a Hori, Mehta, Maalti, Jhunia, Gobar, Dhaniya or some combination of these characters. Truly, a marvellous read.
Sandeep Saroha
Jul 14, 2011 Sandeep Saroha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
its the best novel written by the so called greatest indian writer, Premchand.
this book is about a poor peasant, named hori who had his lifetime dream of keeping a cow, but couldn't manage even this because of various social and personal hinderences. it confronts the reader with the actual reality of indian village, and its people, of how a poor villager prefers his man mariyada, or social status much above his own life.

this book also shows the difference between life in cities and villages, an
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Sumeet
Apr 03, 2013 Sumeet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a ride that was, if you live in India you are not oblivious to the facts presented in this book. I just love the way the writer makes it sound so non-dramatic and stick to the facts and leaves a whole room for you to analyze the perception for your own self....
Loved it. Munshi was truly a great writer, reminded me somehow of Tolstoy, although in simpler form..
Mohsin Shiraz
Apr 06, 2016 Mohsin Shiraz rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The way Munshi Premchand portays the character of Hori,Gobar,Dhania,Bhola,Rai Sahib,etc who come from different strata of the society is praiseworthy.In my view, nobody could sketch such a realistic picture of the peasants and the zamindars in India pre-Independence.
Shoba
A difficult read. I don't like not finishing a book and thought this was going to be my first but am glad I didn't give up. This book was worth the effort
Shruti Yadav
book is very good.... it portrays the deep meaning and satire of social world
Adam Brickley
Jun 08, 2016 Adam Brickley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I actually had to read this years ago for a university course, and while it's deeply depressing and heartbreaking, it was also riveting. Western readers should definitely look at this one, especially because it will make you think about some of our own storytelling norms and the fact that they aren't actually absolutes.

Personally, I don't remember having any problems with the translation - at least not from the perspective of someone who doesn't speak Hindi - I can't speak to accuracy but it cer
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Amit Walia
Jun 09, 2014 Amit Walia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i just read this book
Divya
Jul 29, 2011 Divya rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
BEST OF THE HINDI CREATIONS
Prashanth Srivatsa
A monumental book, Godan is India's backbone on on paper. Premchand flushes out hypocrisy, poverty and desperation, seemingly interlinked so that it becomes hard to say which was the cause, and which the effect. The destitute characters often leave their most critical choices in life to dharma and God; honor and prestige take the shapes of cows and land; the rich justify the miseries they heap on the poor, and above all, we live in a country where love is expendable. Godan is the novel every Ind ...more
Zainab
Apr 13, 2010 Zainab rated it it was amazing
enjoyed it.
Mohamed El-Attar
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رواية هندية بسيطة لبريم تشاند احد رواد الأدب الهندي والفن الروائي به
يصور فيها القرية الهندية بشكل حي وواقعي، حيث يجسد الظلم الاجتماعي الذي يعيش فيه الفلاحون الهنود
وما يتعرضون له من ظلم الحكام وفساد الشرطة وبطش الأثرياء وطمع المرابين
الذي يؤدي بهم إلى الفقر والجوع والمرض والذل وفقدان الكرامة
فترى فى القرية الهندية التى يصورها تشاند صورة حية من القرية المصرية، واي قرية موجودة فى زمن يمتلئ فيه
الجهل والفساد والظلم والفقر والفوارق الكبيرة بين الطبقات الاجتماعية التي يستغل فيها أغنيائها فقرائها
بخبث ومك
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