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ગોદાન (Godan)

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Godan

ISBN-13 9788177902655ISBN-10 -Pages 528 Publication Date
Author Premchand Publisher Pravin Prakashan Language Gujarati Category Novel FormatPhysical
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    Classic work

    December 28, 2003

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    Classic work

    Premchand needs no introduction to patrons of Hindi/ Urdu Literature. His Godan, Karma bhumi, Premashram, Ghaban, Nirmala etc., are classic novels painting different vistas of the multifarious Indian society of early twentieth century and can be best described as "a true description of an epoch." His short stories also echoed the contemporary times through the real flesh and blood characters ranging from khadi-clad satyagrahis to ordinary peasants, men & women and even animals. In this translated collection published by Crest Publishing House - New Delhi, there are 20 such beautiful short stories. These stories are maximum 4-5 pages each in length but thrive with contemporary themes and plausible plots, all taken from real life."An ideal short story, must throw light on some aspect of life; it must examine critically, and courageously, the conventions of society; it must deepen the inherent instinct in man for the good, the true and the beautiful; it must quicken his sense...

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    Suraj Phool

    January 29, 2006

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    A poignant story about rural life in India

    This book is a classic Indian novel written by Prem Chand. It depicts the lives of rural India and the lives of people in utter and helpless poverty. Imagine your entire family living in the train station with possibly a meal of puffed rice a day. Imagine having to sell your dead body before you are even dead so you can finance your daughter's wedding. Yet, through all of this, the beauty of people, the care and love for one another and the humanity shines through. This book is for people who truly want to understand the hearts of the rural people in India. After you have read this book, you will not use the word poverty lightly.

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    Rajdatta A Patkar

    December 18, 2002

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    The best Indian novel ever written

    'Godan' which means 'The gift of a cow' is perhaps the greatest Indian novel ever written! It is the classic tale of Indian farmers, essentially the story of India. The protagonist Hori is timeless. His family lives through the travails that each Indian middle class family lived through for hundreds of years.It is the most realistic interpretation of Indian village society, the backbone of India. It is a story of changing people, hungry and semi-starved, yet hopeful and optimistic, in the truest spirit of the age it represents. This translation is a great effort to introduce Indian literature to the western world.

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