Sons of Gods -- Mahabharata
This is without question the best book I have ever read. Totally unrivalled.
I loved it so much I wrote my own version of it, and named it Sons of Gods;
a version deliberately structured as a novel
to make it more accessible for today's readers.
It's quite simlply a fantastic story,
and I want everyone -- everyone! -- to read it! Why not give it a go?
The Story behind the Bhagavad Gita: 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 great Indian epic,
structured in the familiar form of a novel.
The Mahabharata belongs in the annals of world literature,
and every educated person should be familiar with it.
Its message is timeless (without it being a "message" book),
and especially relevant in these turbulent times.
Western readers in particular should be reading the Mahabharata,
including non-resident Indians who may have lost touch with their roots.
Extract from Review by Jamie Mason, Author of Three Graves Full and Monday's Lie:
"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."
"The highest literature transcends regionalism, and through it, when we are properly attuned, we realise the essential oneness of the human family.
"The Mahabharata is of this class. It belongs to the world and not only to India. To the people of India, indeed, this epic has been an unfailing and perennial source of spiritual strength. Learnt at the mother’s knee with reverence and love, it has inspired great men to heroic deeds as well as enabled the humble to face their trials with fortitude and faith."
From: Preface to the Second Edition of The Mahabharata, by C. Rajagopalachari; Madras 1952