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Sons of Gods -- Mahabharata

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A royal family split in two and caught in a lethal conflict: the righteous Pandava brothers, aided by the divine Krishna on the one side; the cheating Kauravas, usurpers to the throne, on the other.


Karna, sired by the Sun-god Surya, is born to the unmarried princess Kunti. She abandons him to the river; he is found and raised by a low-caste couple. Spurned by all, Karna fi
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Jamie Mason
Jan 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve always loved mythologies. Like most of my American contemporaries, Greek and Roman myths were part of our school curriculum. On my own, I sought out Native American and Norse tales. As I let them, they spilled the secrets of the forces and spirits that put color and flourish over the grey cogs of physics and rationalism. I’ve loved these stories for the freedom from the strictly literal that they offer; the chance to swim in what it says of humanity in the stories we invent to explain the u ...more
Shelley Schanfield
There are many retellings of the Mahabharata, India's classic epic. I have read several and would recommend Sons of Gods for anyone not already familiar with this ancient tale.

Taken as a whole, the Mahabharata is unwieldy, to say the least. It is filled with digressions and stories within stories that resist linear narrative. Sharon Maas's version is admirably streamlined for readers who want to get a grounding in the basic story before exploring in more detail the rambling conglomeration of my
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Sheetal Maurya - Godse (Halo of Books)
Mahabharat, the great epic has been written and retold in various ways. I have read this epic from the perception of almost all the characters, still, this epic never fails to amaze me. Amidst the corona pandemic and nationwide lockdown, Doordashran has telecasted the old and beautiful TV series, Mahabharat (made in 1988) again. It was a great experience to rewatch this TV series. Star plus is also re telecasting the Mahabharat TV series (Made in 2013). So, yes, it was a great opportunity to dwe ...more
Srikar
After failing to get past Rajaji's Mahabharata prose for over an year, I complete Sons of Gods in less than 24 hours! Sharon Maas's retelling is an eminently readable edition of the greatest story ever told.
The book got me hooked with a fiction-isque style and short chapters.

A popular saying in India, "What's not in Mahabharat is not in life" rings true after reading the great tale. It has everything: war, peace, love, lust, strategy, tactics, and many more.

Although most of the stories are alre
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Amit Herlekar
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It was a coincidence when I was browsing through my news stream of goodreads.com and a post caught my eye. It was the announcement of a free giveaway of this book: Sons Of Gods - Mahabharatha posted by the author: Sharon Maas. Since I was disappointed with C. Rajagopalachari's version of Mahabharata, I was keenly looking for a better work of the great epic written in English. I wasted no time in showing my interest in reading her work. She sent it to me right away. When I read the prologue and I ...more
Arunita
First of all thanks a lot to the author for offering a soft version of this book while I was going to wait forever for the hard copy to release.Despite not being a die hard Karna Fan I have to say this is a Karna centred(as mentioned by author herself)book which does not twist and turn facts to suit the glorification of its central character.It is a very short retelling I would say(18 days war description only can cover a single book ) but the way of narrating the story is good and entertaining. ...more
Ajay Taneja
Nov 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely fantastic
Trey Rice
Mar 27, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I won this book as part of a Goodreads Giveaway.

Formatting wise: it may benefit from an edit or glance back over to fix some typos and grammatical errors, but they do not hinder the reading experience.

First, I did not remember entering this giveaway, but I am GLAD I won, because the book was excellent and I enjoyed every minute of it, and could not stop reading. I am not well versed in the legends of Hindu, Dharma, and other folklore related to it (apologies if I am incorrectly categorizing it)
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Amit Herlekar
Apr 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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This is the best English version of The Mahabharata. Here is my review. ...more
Kate
Apr 19, 2022 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Thank you to S. Aruna and Sharon Maas for this version of The Mahabharata which I received from entering a Goodreads giveaway.
Paul Taylor
May 07, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Never having read The Mahabharata in full I cannot judge how a good a precis this is, all I can say is that it achieves its goal of conveying the meaning of Dharma and adharma and the grey areas between the two. The parallels with other great works are many including: The Old Testament, the Shanameh and The Illiad.
Melitza
Dec 15, 2015 rated it really liked it
I loved the book. The description of the people and the objects were wonderful. I love the hidden messages.
Andrew
Apr 19, 2015 rated it really liked it
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This retelling of the Mahabharata has been my introduction to the Hindu classic. I found it interesting, but a book I will need to reread again in the future.
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Sharon Maas was born in Georgetown, Guyana in 1951, and a sense of adventure has followed her around the world. In 1971 she spent a year backpacking around South America, followed by a few months with pioneering friends in the Guyana rainforest, followed by an overland trip to India, followed by a year in a Hindu Ashram.

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