Shilappadikaram: (The Ankle Bracelet)

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New Directions Publishing Corporation, 1965 - Fiction - 211 pages
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The peerless young Kvalan leaves his loyal wife Kannaki for the courtesan Mdhavi, and though he returns to her, he still meets his death because of her ill-omened ankle bracelet. The Shilappadikaram has been called an epic and even a novel, but it is also a book of general education. Adigal packed his story with information: history merging into myth, religious rites, caste customs, military lore, descriptions of city and country life. And four Cantos are little anthologies of the poetry of the period (seashore and mountain songs, hunters' and milkmaid's song). Thus the story gives us a vivid picture of early Indian life in all its aspects.

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User Review  - Yi-Sheng - Goodreads

An intriguing epic from South India, centred just as much on the lives of women as on men. (Despite being written in the 200s, it mentions Singapore and Malaya!) Read full review

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User Review  - Ann Klefstad - Goodreads

Very beautiful. Read it years ago. It's the most romantic thing, full of dooms and passions. A deer park. Girl heroism. There's got to be movies made of it. Read full review

About the author (1965)

Alain Danielou (1907-1994) spent more than 15 years in the traditional society of India, using only the Sanskrit and Hindi languages and studying music and philosophy with eminent scholars. He was duly initiated into esoteric Shaivism, which gave him unusual access to texts transmitted through the oral tradition alone. He is the author of more than 30 books on the religion, history, and arts of India and the Mediterranean.

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