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Selected Novels: Devdas / Good Riddance / Pundit Chandranath / Debt and Payment

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This book presents unabridged translation of five of the many captivating novels of the legendary writer Sarat Chandra Chatterjee of India, who wrote in Bengali language in the first quarter of the twentieth century. "Devdas: " The young boy Devdas has an ardent follower, a little girl Parvati, who is his neighbor's daughter. They grow up together in a class conscious, tra ...more
Paperback, 444 pages
Published August 11th 2006 by Xlibris Corporation (first published 2006)
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Namira
Jun 27, 2011 rated it liked it
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I've been meaning to read Devdas for a long while (since I saw two Bollywood movie versions of it), and this was the only copy available at my library. [So I have NOT read the other novels contained in this book.]

I very much enjoyed reading the translated version of Devdas, though I'm sure the Bangla original is much, much better. It was fascinating to see the flaws of the characters, and where life takes them. It is a story of love, but it's also one of life, and a commentary on society.
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Jul 10, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the work of the very best of literature. It is a classic and shows the foresight of the author in his portrayal of the characters and how they remain immortal even in the 21st century-this does stand the test of time.

However, the translation is just poop. This so called translator who is an Indian American engineer should stick to technology rather than giving us a nightmare with his poor pathetic English. Even a 3 year old child would do a better job. The genders keep changing, the lang
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Meegan
Jun 25, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Fantastic writer. I was blown away by the timelessness of his stories. He writes quite a bit about the situation of women in his time and shows a deep level of empathy and understanding that would be hard for most male writers to match. Each of the novels was fascinating and spellbinding, but Debt and Payment was by far my favorite. It is one of the greatest love stories I've ever read.
Lara
May 07, 2015 rated it liked it
All five of these novels had strong female characters and social commentary about treatment of women, children and the poor. The stories were compelling and I enjoyed learning about Indian culture. I liked "Debt and Payment" the most.
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Complete works of Sarat Chandra (শরৎ রচনাবলী) is now available in this third party website:
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Sarat Chandra Chattopadhyay (also spelt Saratchandra) (Bengali: শরৎচনদর চটটোপাধযায) was a legendary Bengali novelist from India. He was one of the most popular Bengali novelists of the early 20th century.

His childhood and youth were spent in dire poverty as his father,
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“There is no other alternative, Huzoor. It is the mandate of Mother Chandi that a married woman only can become a Bhairabi, and three days after marriage, a Bhairabi cannot touch her husband anymore. So it has become a practice to arrange for a poor man from a distant place to marry a girl, before she is installed as a Bhairabi, and the man leaves after three days with enough money as reward. No one would see him ever again.” Jibananda laughed. “What are you talking” 0 likes
“There is no other alternative, Huzoor. It is the mandate of Mother Chandi that a married woman only can become a Bhairabi, and three days after marriage, a Bhairabi cannot touch her husband anymore. So it has become a practice to arrange for a poor man from a distant place to marry a girl, before she is installed as a Bhairabi, and the man leaves after three days with enough money as reward. No one would see him ever again.” Jibananda laughed. “What are you talking about,” 0 likes
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