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Mandala

3.61  ·  Rating details ·  952 ratings  ·  95 reviews
News reaches Maharana Prince Jagat and his wife, Moti, that their only son, Jai, has been killed by the Chinese in a border skirmish. An inconsolable Moti sends Jagat out to bring the boy's spirit home. On the journey, the prince becomes involved with a beautiful and mysterious young American woman. Thus begins the fatal attraction between Eastern and Western ways, one bou ...more
Hardcover, 362 pages
Published January 1st 2004 by Moyer Bell and its subsidiaries (first published 1970)
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Hmm. Pearl S Buck is one of my favorite authors, and 'The Good Earth' is one of my all-time favorite books, so when I heard of this book and that it had some Indian culture in it, I thought hey, this should be worth a try as I've enjoyed like a dozen of Ms. Buck's other works. Whee!

This one, much like the The Mother, is one of Ms. Buck's weaker works. But then, no one, no matter how good an author they are, can write a 5-star book every single time. The adultery aspect of this book was especiall
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Madhuri
Apr 27, 2008 rated it liked it
Shelves: nobel, india
I have picked up this book in my phase of reading the very descriptive classics. I think in any other phase I might have found the book tedious, but in this one, I appreciate the bit of detail and the immense repetition.
The book has a leitmotif, which is the difference between the Oriental and the Occidental. It describes this difference in fascination and adoration of each other. Each wants to be the other, adopt the other, without losing anything of itself. And this fascination is repeated in
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Claire
Jan 12, 2010 rated it did not like it
Shelves: good-read
No one is more surprised than me to find that I don't really like this book anymore. I've read this book many times growing up since I do love me some Pearl Buck, but this time through I couldn't remember why I liked it so much. Maybe it's because the main character commits adultery and now that I'm married it is more meaningful and really ticked me off. Maybe it's because Buck goes into way too much detail of the politics and war time details between China and India- BORING! Or maybe it's becau ...more
Mia
Mar 31, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-classics
Mandala is a lesser known book by Pearl S. Buck. It takes place in India, in 1962, a period marked by great socio-political change and the Sino-Indian War. While she has inserted throughout the book information about Indian culture, folklore, and history, this is more an exploration of love in its myriad forms: the anguished love of a parent for a child; the resigned, passive love arising from the institution of arranged marriage; love rooted in compassion and love rooted in instantaneous spirit ...more
Satitiwikan sunowo
Sep 25, 2007 rated it really liked it
i read the indonesian translated version off course.......i read it a long time ago, got so interested with India culture as a setting. this novel is quite powerfull...i feel like i have known Jagat for a very long time....this novel revealing the human strenght until their weakness, but never waste any moments meaningless or let the moment loss its meaning.
Ele
Feb 24, 2020 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Not really anyone...
This book would've been such a good book if written earlier in Buck's career. It is, at most, a terrible romance novel and really doesn't deserve 2 starts. I gave it this rating because the parts that weren't rubbish were possibly some of the best she's ever written.

This book, however, is one of her greatest at showing the arrogance that Brits and Americans have towards India, and has one of the most disgusting scenes that one could ever read - when a rich American women looks upon the starving
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Pat Camalliere
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
According to reviews, this was not one of Pearl Buck’s better books, but I really enjoyed it. I haven’t read her books for years, and was duly impressed by all the things she does right. The only complaint I had was that there were some slow parts when she went too far into describing historical events, but even then one of the high points was the ability to portray a culture that is unfamiliar, in this case, India. The characters are all good people, which could have been boring, but the circum ...more
Gayle
Oct 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Having gone to India twice I love this book. It really gave a good history of the Indian Nation and its people and especially the Maharaja and the ruling class. I could see the palace and the palace on the island as we visited there.
Rimjhim Prasad
Jul 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Pearl S Buck , always my favourite. A book very different from her other books , about India , re-incarnation! Worth reading!
David
Apr 05, 2020 rated it liked it
I'm not sure if I liked this book or not. I read it quickly enough, which is usually an indication that I like it. Hell, I read 200 pages of it in the last 24 hours, but that might just be because I don't much like TV and there is not much more to do in Covid-19-stay-at-home-land.
The writing was more striking than in The Good Earth; the descriptions of location and internalization on spiritual reflection much more thorough. I though the characters were developed as well, although in a somewhat
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Carol
May 06, 2009 rated it liked it
It has been many years since I last read a Pearl Buck book. This one is set in India where my daughter is now doing volunteer work. Thus I have read several books recently that are about India. The book was published in 1970 and has the markings of a romance novel of that era (all ends well). The highlight for me was the section set on the mountains of Mussoorie at the Woodstock School. In 1995, my husband and I vacationed in India spending 5 days with college friends who were teaching at Woodst ...more
Cindy Lofgren
Definitely did not work for me the way A Good Earth did. The language was choppy, but it was somewhat in Good Earth as well. But there was something about the stilted conversations that turned me off. Women played such a needy role in this book. Sympathies..? I don't know. I would say skip it.
Becky Sidney
Aug 07, 2011 rated it liked it
I think I expected too much.
Wendy Stelzer
Dec 08, 2011 rated it it was ok
The ending is terrible.
Erin
Aug 12, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Kasandra
Sep 06, 2018 rated it liked it
As others have pointed out, it's just not as good as East Wind: West Wind, The Pavilion of Women, The Good Earth, etc. But this little novel still has Buck all over it. It deals with the pains of antiquity meeting modernity and individuals from very different cultures forming attachments to one another. Unlike some other reviewers I did not find Jagat an unsympathetic character. To me, the novel is very much about the contradictions of culture, especially as they relate to fidelity and marriage. ...more
Riley
Feb 01, 2019 rated it liked it
I've been reading a few books by Pearl S. Buck. Like everyone else, I know her from The Good Earth, but little else. This book is an interesting change of pace for her and is set in India, not China. It's good, and has Buck's typical tropes: the struggle of generations, the clash of families and the interplay of men and women.
Trudy
Apr 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What an absolutely beautiful book. I couldn't put it down. I had forgotten how much I like Pearl Buck's style of writing. I was instantly transported to India and lived among the characters within the book. I usually prefer books with short chapters, but this book has none and is simply in 3 parts. It was easy to read and totally engrossing.
Katie Koso
Jul 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Nothing really wrong with it, I just expected more from the author of The Good Earth.
Binke
Aug 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
unexpectable ending! A good sketch of India and the clash between tradition and modernisation.
Debbie Brown
I don't know what to say about this novel: a sensual and mystical plot. I liked how everything was resolved.
Michelle
Mar 27, 2018 rated it really liked it
Beautifully written
Kim
May 26, 2018 rated it really liked it
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Haylea
Mar 01, 2019 rated it it was amazing
rly good!!! important to childhood
Roxane
Apr 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
3.75 stars
Alicia
May 18, 2019 rated it it was ok
Shelves: india
A romance novel of the period - not particularly culturally sensitive and aging very poorly.
Beverly Fitzhugh
Oct 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Entertaining. Not as good as her other books. It didn't ring true to me, but maybe that's just me.
Martina
Jan 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
What a marvelous author! Enjoy this book!
Linda
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
It has been a long time since I have read any of Buck’s books. I enjoyed this one.
Padmaja
Apr 29, 2020 rated it really liked it
I had read Pearl S. Buck's "The Good Earth" set in China which I thoroughly enjoyed. Her impressive and simple writing made me read her other work "Mandala". The story is set in the post-independence era in India. The protagonist is an erstwhile prince in Rajasthan, trying to adjust to new India. The story traces his life, family, work and the circles it creates in his life. The end was kind of a bummer for me. May be, that is how it would end in real life-incomplete and abrupt
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