Shilappadikaram: (The Ankle Bracelet)

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NEW DIRECTIONS, 2009 - Fiction - 224 pages
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The peerless young Kovalan leaves his loyal wife Kannaki for the courtesan Madhavi, 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  - Roxana - Goodreads

Well I must say this was more interesting than I expected. The story itself is pretty straightforward, but what makes the book special is the intrusion of myths and folklore. I didn't get the full ... 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

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About the author (2009)

Alain Danielou was an Indian historian, intellectual, musicologist, and a noted western convert to and expert of Shaivite Hinduism.

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