- Hardcover: 276 pages
- Publisher: Harpercollins; 2012 edition (29 November 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9350294168
- ISBN-13: 978-9350294161
- Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.8 x 23.7 cm
- Customer Reviews: 16 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #12,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Amruta Patil is a wrier and illustrator with an MFA from the School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston. She is currently working on a novel, 1999, and a graphic novel based on a mytho-historical epic.
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It’s okay,vague storyline’s,some storylines were more interesting,Overall I found it not engaging .Time is limited and if you don’t like feeling like you wasted yours then maybe this isn’t for you.I like books that impart some meaning,some usefulness something more tangible .This wasn’t anything like that to me.
What I disliked in this book was the vague art style, the words and imagery not adding up in my mind clearing,The story and meaning lost on me except on a few occasions.It just wasn’t satisfying to me.
To conclude ,this book is not for the strata of readers like me who like concise impactful books and also I don’t personally like the art style.I’m sorry XD
It didn't draw me in - the artwork was vague.
Anyway I'll complete the book and update my review.
Maybe this book isn't my kinda book that's all.
I read something on the back about a feminist perspective.Idk what I was expecting but so far I'm just like dragging myself through it.
The narrative felt a bit lackluster I suppose.Feels like she uses too many fillers(paintings of landscapes and flowers)
Will update as soon as I can finish reading it.
It's not just words or pictures but a graphic novel on our oldest tale by a new age female graphic novelist, some say she is India's first.
Amruta Patil has done her BFA and MFA from Goa and Boston Art schools respectively. With the help of a grant from French embassy she worked on this book scripting and drawing simultaneously. Like other Indian kids exposed early on through TV serials on Mahabarata or through Amar Chitra Katha, she started reading various versions by the age of 21 and never stopped. And says "I was meant to do this"
Amruta employs the concept of "sutradhaar" (in this case Ganga) to tell the tale (not the whole of Mahabharata but pieces of it) in a altogether new and revealing way. Here I quote Rituparna Sengupta "In a world saturated with the sophisticated gloss of 3D computer graphics, Patil’s various aesthetic methods and mediums from charcoal sketches to collages of fashion magazine photos to pastiches of famous works of art, places her work both, in a multivalent narrative epic tradition, and also the postmodern present, with its layered and multiple sources of inspiration. What makes her work even more significant is the special care with which she carves out spaces for scepticism, dissent and debate within the texts themselves, reminding us about the dynamic contexts which the epic has evolved in and emerged from."
The artwork is gorgeous, simply takes your breath away!! With this book you feel as though you own so many pieces of different art works. The narrative script is unique, she mixes modern words with the ancient in a unique manner entirely her own.
Will be buying the sequel Sauptik soon!!!
Pros- 1) The author has done justice to the original stories for most part. This must have been difficult given the breadth of coverage.
2) The art work must have required a lot of dedicated work given that most of the day panels were drawn of water colour. For this alone the book may be a good buy.
3) Even given the extent of the stories involved the author manages to weave a thread of commonality across them mainly throb narration.
4) As a good story teller the author never judges, only says things as she sees them. Especially given the topic, managing this is very commendable.
Cons- Depth of treatment of characters is a bit shallow as i wasnt able to connect with anyone. but that may have been a part of the plot as so many characters had to be covered and there's only so many pages.
2) I felt slightly empty at the conclusion as the book ends a bit abruptly.
The narrative is woven across the eons (yugas) and beautifully toggles between the narrator's present setting and the story being told. Amruta makes remarkable use of charcoal and paints to effect the toggle.
The research is quite impressive and the fact that an artist produced thousands of panels to tell the story is overwhelming to think of.
Gripping read. Finished it in one sitting. A prized possession on the bookshelf.
This book is the first part of the Parva Duology by Amruta Patil. It mainly talks about the events of Mahabharata through Ganga as the Sutradhar which almost gives it a feminist revision.
A must read for those interested in the mythology!