Until the Lions : Echoes from the Mahabharata

Until the Lions Echoes from the Mahabharata None

  • Title: Until the Lions : Echoes from the Mahabharata
  • Author: Karthika Naïr
  • ISBN: 9351772829
  • Page: 156
  • Format: Paperback
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    1. What a mind-blowingly brilliant book! I don't want to say much about it. I have read a lot of books on the Mahabharata, but this book has just blown me. It is exceptional.

    2. “This is Kurukshetra, Son.This is where our kings seekto die-“Thus begins Karthika Nair’s book ‘Until The Lions’. This is the first time I’ve come across a version of the Mahabharata in verse. The irony is that this epic was originally written in verse and apparently the longest version has over 200,000 lines. So it’s quite baffling how very few authors have ventured into this space. I admit that initially I was a bit hesitant to start, since I felt that the beauty and scale of eve [...]

    3. A fascinating and impressive project.For long, this epic - and the millions of commentaries and interpretations written on it - have been a favourite. Kavitha Nair tries out a new experiment by composing poetry solely from the perspective of minor female characters.The end result is astounding. I have three observations to make - One, there are so many characters about whom I knew nothing. Satyavati, Dusshala, Ulupi, Bhanumatihalf my time was spent in parallely reading up about most of the chara [...]

    4. It took some time to finish but I loved this book through and through. This is one of the most unique styles of presenting the Mahabharata and the POVs too are the most different.This book is like a melody, but sometimes the words make you look at the dictionary but other than that, if you know the story you'll thoroughly enjoy the book.Infact you'll love the way it's been written and how well it has been complied from various perspectives. It should be a second or a third read, not the first.A [...]

    5. The story of Women of Mahabharata - those who pass as shadows. Karthika Nair tells the story from their view-point. Queen Mother Satyawati, with all her flaws and her pragmatism, is the protagonist. Amba, Hidmbi, Dusshala, Poorna, Sauvali, Gandhari, Kunti, Draupadi's Mother, Uttaraa, Vrishali, Bhanumati, Ulupi. all find their voice in this verse form of the Epic. It is beautifully written but it is the also the most violent narration of Mahabharata I have read so far.

    6. Rarely have I read a book of verse so gripping, so breathless that I periodically had to stop in order to compose myself. Nair writes from the perspectives of a number of women in the Mahabharata - her renditions of Ulupi, Mohini, and Amba are especially dangerous. Wow.

    7. I don’t know how to react to this book by Karthika Naïr. A friend gave it to me recently, saying, as a poet, and a Mahabharata aficionado, I must read it. I did. I love the name. I understand the conceit – a feminist retelling of the greatest tale ever told (The title borrows from the famous African proverb –‘Until the lion has his or her own storyteller, the hunter will always have the best part of the story.’). I have no problems with it. Apart from the usual suspects, Naïr has ama [...]

    8. One of the few books I've given a five star rating to, Into The Lions deserves this, and then some. Simultaneously tackling issues of casteism and sexism, Karthika Nair's writing steers clear of pointing accusatory fingers at 'the system'. She stays true to what she set out to do-to give a voice to the hunted and the prey. I've read quite a few retellings of the Mahabharata but this was one that took my breath way, as it depicted the epic exactly as how it was - a war.

    9. What Alice Oswald did brilliantly with the Iliad story, from the vantage point of its smaller characters. MEMORIAL - written like a poetic Mirasi, that one. Karthika Nair does to the Mahabharata. Brilliant, playful, sharp and poetic explorations from the women characters' POV. At once, contemporary, imaginative and purani.

    10. An exceptional book, hugely ambitious in its scope. Essentially a fragmented rebelling if the Mahabharata, using voices we've never or barely heard before, such as Hidimbi, Satyavati, or Sauvali, the maid raped by Dhritarashtra.

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