THE FIVE BROTHERS by Elizabeth Seeger


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This book will need some deliberate salesmanship, but it will repay the effort, for its appeal is basically wide. The five Pandus make our western cowboys look like small time, and Elizabeth Seeger has kept vigorously alive the high points of adventure in this very long epic, while at the same time preserving the beauty and delicacy of description and faithful character analysis. The story- an adaptation of the Indian Epic, The Mahabharata (the Ganguli translation)- is to the Hindu what the Iliad was to the Greeks. It preserves all the beliefs of ancient India, its traditions and history, social organization, religion and ethics, and includes as well portions of The Bhagavad Gita, truly called India's national gospel. The story concerns the struggle for supremacy of two great regal Indian families, the Pandavas and the Kurus, of the coming of the sons of Pandu to their former kingdom. Through a lifetime of adventure, treachery, deceit and war, ending in the frightful carnage of the last great battle in the west, the five sons of Pandu bear themselves with courage and high honor...This book is essential for those who wish to understand the East and whose bookshelves contain Richer by Asia and The Meeting of East and West. The first adaptation gauged to the Western markets.

Pub Date: Sept. 30th, 1948
Publisher: John Day