Thursday, August 30, 2012

Mahabharata Addiction 3

Another interesting Mahabharata-inspired novel is 'And Now Let Me Sleep' by author P.K. Balakrishnan. In it the author tells the story from the perspective of Karna, one of the most intriguing of the multitude of characters in the epic. Though differentiating between 'good' and 'bad' can be extremely difficult in the Mahabharata, Karna stands out as a particularly noble character, one of several 'good' characters who, for various -often complicated -reasons, end up fighting for the 'bad' guys. I've always found Karna to be a particularly sympathetic character, and Balakrishnan does a particularly good job telling the tale from his point of view.  

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