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The Mahabharata, an ancient and vast Sanskrit poem, is a remarkable collection of epics, legends, romances, theology, and ethical and metaphysical doctrine. The core of this great work is the epic struggle between five heroic brothers, the Pandavas, and their one hundred contentious cousins for rule of the land. This is the first volume in what will ultimately become a mul ...more
Paperback, 545 pages
Published February 15th 1980 by University of Chicago Press
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Ramya
Nov 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Major scholarly effort to translate without interpreting the longest epic poem (written in verse) in the world I.e. ten times the length of the Iliad and Odyssey put together-- The Mahabharatha. However, despite the hard-core attention to referencing and keeping within the scope o the texts -- the reading is tough and dry. You can find intellectual satisfaction only if yo have some prior knowledge and context with which to digest the stories. And, never where the inter-woven complex story within ...more
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Jul 04, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: 1/2 the world
Recommended to Ryan by: ISKCON
Wow! The Maha Bharata... the longest book on earth! This is the first volume 'expertly' translated into English from Sanskrit. Unfortunately, the translator was killed in a car accident or something less than halfway through the translation. Oddly, one of his students happened to be a Sanskrit teacher at my university and refused me tutelage despite my familiarity with his master's works. Sad.
There's another "Victorian" English translation from 100 years ago that I was 'forced' to read, and it w
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Silvio Curtis
Jan 06, 2009 rated it it was amazing
This is the first volume (in a translation which I’m not clear if it will be finished or not) of the Mahābhārata, an early Hindu epic and religious text that is the longest written epic in the world (even if a little of it is in prose). All of what I’ve read so far is really, really, big on interesting digressions and stories within stories, but this part has the most. In fact, it takes half the volume, or a couple hundred pages, before the main plotline starts to appear through the miscellaneou ...more
Brandon Kendall
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many different translations of this story and not sure which is the best, but these myths are very complex and confusing.. not an easy read but that is its charm.. deciphering ancient wisdom is never easy.
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Johannes Adrianus Bernardus van Buitenen (1928 - 21 September, 1979) was an Indologist at the University of Chicago where he was the George V. Bobrinskoy Professor of Sanskrit in the Department of South Asian Languages and Civilizations. His interests ranged widely over literature, philosophy and philology but toward the end of his career he focused primarily on the Mahābhārata.

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