Sons of Gods -- Mahabharata

Sons of Gods -- Mahabharata A Baby Abandoned A Queen Dishonoured And A Cataclysmic War That Would End The Third Age Of Mankind This Is A New Version Of The Magnificent Indian Epic, Rewritten As An Epic Novel The Mahabharata Is A Grand And Timeless Story Yet To Be Discovered In The West It S A Book That Has Endured The Millennia, A Perennial Best Seller, A Story As Enthralling As It Is Moving, As Thrilling As It Plucks The Emotional Chords The Story In A Nutshell Karna, Sired By The Sungod 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 Finds A Friend And Ally In The Avaricious And Wicked Prince Duryodhana But Duryodhana S Worst Enemies Just Happen To Be The Five Brothers, The Pandavas, The Noblest Warriors In The World And Their Mother Is Kunti, That Princess Who Still Grieves For The Child She Gave Away As A Young Girl Karna And Arjuna The Middle And Mightiest Pandava Each Vow To Kill Each Other Without Knowing They Are Brothers As Tensions Mount, So Does Their Hatred For Each Other Until, In The Cataclysmic War That Will Wipe Out The Entire Warrior Caste, They Meet In The Inevitable Facedown This Is War In Which No One Can Be The Winner This Is A Story Of Super Heroes, Super Warriors In A Fantastical World Where A Supernatural Weapons Are Powered By Mighty Mantras Where A Curse Can Bring Down Doom And Destruction And The Spoken World Can Grant The Power Of Life Over Death There Is Bhishma, Who Owns The Boon Of Indestructibilty Amba, The Wronged Princess Who Changes Sex In Order To Avenge Herself On Bhishma Arjuna, The Mightiest Archer, And His Arch Enemy Karna, The Doomed Son Of The Sungod There Is The Fireborn Draupadi, Who Marries All Five Of The Famous Pandava Brothers, And Whose Word Is Their Command It S A World Of Demons And Gods, Celestial Beings And Monsters Of Superhuman Strength A Magical, Marvelous World That Somehow Seems As Real As Our Own, With Characters Whose Passions And Priorities Are Echoes Of Our Own SONS OF GODS MAHABHARATA Is Kaleidoscopic In Its Beauty And Intricacy The Hurdle Of The Tale S Massive Scope Has Always Daunted Translators, And The Difficulty Of Prising The Right Tone From An Ancient Grand Epic To Suit A Modern And Western Audience Has Relegated It To Largely Academic Obscurity What S Saved It For Us Is That Sharon Maas Knows Full Well That Love, Betrayal, Lust, Envy, Pride, Devotion, And Heroism Never Go Out Of Style SONS OF GODS Is A Literary Soap Opera With A Soul That Spans The Full Horizon Jamie Mason Author Of Three Graves Full And Monday S LiesSharon Maas Is The Author Of The Best Selling HarperCollins Novel Of Marriageable Age And Two Other Novels Of Marriageable Age Is Soon To Be Made Available As An E Book. 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 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 universe.I had certainly heard of India s rich fables and parables, particularly, the Bhagavad Gita But I didn t know of its larger contextual epic, The Mahabharata And I also didn t know that I was poorer for it.I had read Sharon Maas writing here as Aruna Sharan several years ago Her gorgeous and riveting, OF MARRIAGEABLE AGE, is a treasure to me as it is currently but p
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 indetail the rambling conglomeration of my 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 indetail the rambling conglomeration of myths, legends, and history that make up this massive tale.The greatest strength of Sons of Gods lies in its introduction to the complex Kuru Pandava lineage Understa
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 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
Absolutely fantastic I loved the book The description of the people and the objects were wonderful I love the hidden messages. 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.