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  1. Ramayana
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  2. Ramayana

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Few works in world literature have inspired so vast an audience, in nations with radically different languages and cultures, as the Ramayana and Mahabharata, two Sanskrit verse epics written some 2,000 years ago.

In Ramayana (written by a poet known to us as Valmiki), William Buck has retold the story of Prince Rama--with all its nobility of spirit, courtly intrigue, heroic renunciation, fierce battles, and triumph of good over evil--in a length and manner that will make the great Indian epics accessible to the contemporary reader.

The same is true for the Mahabharata--in its original Sanskrit, probably the longest Indian epic ever composed. It is the story of a dynastic struggle, between the Kurus and Pandavas, for land. In his introduction, Sanskritist B. A. van Nooten notes, "Apart from William Buck’s rendition [no other English version has] been able to capture the blend of religion and martial spirit that pervades the original epic."

Presented accessibly for the general reader without compromising the spirit and lyricism of the originals, William Buck’s Ramayana and Mahabharata capture the essence of the Indian cultural heritage.

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I was first curious about this epic when I read that Sri David Hawkins, in his Power vs Force book, using kinesiology, had given this classic a fantastic rating, 810, a very high consciousness rating, higher than the Bible. So I was wondering why? How could it be? I found out when I read William Buck's retelling of the story, but only because I had this question in mind from the beginning. Because, the thing is, most people reading this, are going to just read it for the story on the surface, and look no farther. They will just read it as the fairy tale that it is, the life of Rama, and see it as no more than this, and otherwise irrelevant. But looking deeper I discovered that this is much more than a fairy tale. It is an allegory, an allegory of ourselves. And this is hugely interesting and relevant. We ourselves are the monster here, potentially; and we are the Divine here, in battle with our monster selves, and it is a life battle. And Sita? This is the rub for most... Read more
William Buck offers readers a wonderfully authentic but Western version of one of the greatest works of Indian literature. He captures the essence of the tale in a dramatic and poetic retelling of this age-old story. It is not a translation as such, but a deeply illuminating re-expression of this powerful allegory of the struggle between good and evil, between gods and demons.
I initially read this for a class in college. This is by far one of the most awesome (in awe insipiring sense) stories I have ever had the please of reading. The fantastical and absurd happenings in this story are most captivating. The imagination of this culture is mesmerizing. Thoroughly enjoyed it. So much so that I lost my original years ago and found the same one here. Btw, this translation is really easy to follow and understand. I'm sure there's others out there but Buck's interpretation is smooth.
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