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5.0 out of 5 stars The Joy of Nagananda, 10 Oct 2010
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I bought this volume without knowing much about it, other than that it had the Sanskrit text of the Nagananda, of which I'd read 80 lines or so in an introductory course Reading Sanskrit: A Course for Beginners, and it only cost 2.99. I was pleasantly surprised, as it has an introduction, a full summary of the plot and an excellent few pages on the different poetic metres used. The Sanskrit text occupies the top third of the page, below which is a fairly full running vocabulary in which very long words are split up into their constituent parts, a prose version of the text (on most pages, but not all) in which all words are again broken up, and a translation. It's not unlike Peter Scharf's Ramopakhyana: The Story of Rama in the Mahabharata - A Sanskrit Independant-study Reader, which is also excellent. In fact, it occurs to me that, since this book was first published in 1992, Scharf may have used the idea of the layout for his own volume, but that's only conjecture. The only downside to the book is that the paper used for printing is turning brown. Otherwise, an excellent tool for the Sanskritist.
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