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on 18 May 2009
I found this edition very easy to read and understand, the text is laid out in a way that shows clearly who is speaking, unlike in some editions.
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on 8 April 2012
This is a good 'Western' translation that maintains it's readability and poetry whilst still being accurate and true to the original. The verses are numbered but the original Sanskrit text is not included. I was looking for a simple easy-to-read version that was not cluttered by Sanskrit text or commentary, so this version was ideal for me. The introduction is very brief but informative giving you just what you 'need to know' and no more. I prefer it to the Penguin classics version as the translation is more readable and accurate in my opinion.

It's also a slim book which makes it easy to carry around and I love the artwork on the front cover.

If you are looking for a more in-depth understanding, then this would not be the version for you - see my other reviews for some other suggestions to this regard.

All in all a great and accessible translation, especially if you are not an expert or if you want a simple uncluttered reference that is poetic, accurate and readable.
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on 13 June 2016
The Bhagavad Gita is not only a great source of spiritual illumination, it's great poetry, and great poetry has to be translated properly. WJ Johnson is clearly enormously learned in the Hindu classics, and I've no doubt that this is a very faithful and accurate translation. But it's not poetry. Sometimes one can hear the cadences of the original singing through but too often the translation reads like the minutes of a middle management meeting. Pity.
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on 21 June 2013
Gita has to get a superstar rating in whatever you acquire it. Great work. Howvere this is a pure translation so do not expect anything explained.
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on 15 April 2014
I should've bough this book a long time ago. It's so much in it. One tends to "spoil" the pages by adding own thoughts.
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on 18 June 2015
A great deep, thought provoking read...a classic.
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on 18 July 2011
A Good read and very easy to understand would recommend to a first time reader of the Bhagvad Geeta (Holy Book).
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on 25 March 2015
more than perfect
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on 23 June 2015
Great thankyou
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on 23 June 2016
As advertised
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