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ADI PARVA (English)

Author: Amruta Patil
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Language: English
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
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ADI PARVA (English) (Hardcover) Price: Rs.439

Adi Parva is a graphic novel based on the Mahabharat and the oral tradition of ancient India.

Summary of the Book

Adi Parva draws from the classic Sanskrit epic, the Mahabharat, and the Vishnu Purana. In it, the celestial river Ganga narrates the events from the beginning of time. The story is played out by a medley of characters ranging from gods to sages, queens to seers, hermits to seductresses and kings to warriors as they come together in this graphic retelling of Hindu mythology. This epic graphic novel depicts timeless events such as the churning of the sea, the snake sacrifice of Janmejaya and the first time the queen Gandhari wears a blindfold. The book combines breath-taking art with classic storytelling to paint the picture of a tale which has inspired and guided several hundred generations of people throughout the history of India.

About Amruta Patil

Amruta Patil is an Indian graphic novelist, writer and painter. Her earlier work, Kari, is a contemporary tale of friendship, love and death. She graduated from the Goa College of Art and went on to complete her Master’s from the School of the Museum of Fine Art, Boston, Tufts University.

This title was selected as one of 2012′s best graphic novels by comic book historian, Paul Gravett. Amruta is currently working on the sequel, Sauptik. Adi Parva was also translated into French by Au Diable Vauvert and published as L’éveil de l’Océan.

Specifications of ADI PARVA (English) (Hardcover)

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Author Amruta Patil
Book Details
Publisher Harpercollins Publishers
Imprint Harpercollins
Publication Year 2012
ISBN-13 9789350294161
ISBN-10 9350294168
Language English
Edition 1st Edition
Binding Hardcover
Dimensions
Width 28.0 inch
Height 237.0 inch
Weight 1053.0 g
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★★★★★
★★★★★
10 Dec 2012
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'Adi Parva' is gold!

A divine story so brilliantly told, it isn't surprising that the beautiful hardbound cover charmingly says 'via' Amruta Patil.

If you like me loved her previous masterpiece 'Kari', then you will love this too -- it's a whole new dimension.
Just as 'Kari' had a stunning homage to Frida Kahlo's The Two Fridas, Adi parva has a wonderfully drawn page inspired by Matisse's The Dance (If I am not mistaken. perhaps there are more hidden gems and references, who knows?). The artwork on the whole is stunningly simple, vibrant, and original.
The book is an effortless flow of words and images to mak...
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A divine story so brilliantly told, it isn't surprising that the beautiful hardbound cover charmingly says 'via' Amruta Patil.

If you like me loved her previous masterpiece 'Kari', then you will love this too -- it's a whole new dimension.
Just as 'Kari' had a stunning homage to Frida Kahlo's The Two Fridas, Adi parva has a wonderfully drawn page inspired by Matisse's The Dance (If I am not mistaken. perhaps there are more hidden gems and references, who knows?). The artwork on the whole is stunningly simple, vibrant, and original.
The book is an effortless flow of words and images to mak...
A divine story so brilliantly told, it isn't surprising that the beautiful hardbound cover charmingly says 'via' Amruta Patil.

If you like me loved her previous masterpiece 'Kari', then you will love this too -- it's a whole new dimension.
Just as 'Kari' had a stunning homage to Frida Kahlo's The Two Fridas, Adi parva has a wonderfully drawn page inspired by Matisse's The Dance (If I am not mistaken. perhaps there are more hidden gems and references, who knows?). The artwork on the whole is stunningly simple, vibrant, and original.
The book is an effortless flow of words and images to make you dumbstruck and awed. There is magical play of words and lots of humor to make you chuckle, and with such sensitivity and curiosity this story is told. Amruta Patil is too articulate. her poetic choice of words, intelligent witty dialogue, and her style of storytelling makes this even more special.
She has complete mastery over the written word -- there is this mystical sort of quality to her writing. That matched with the cosmic context of this epic makes her the perfect 'sutradhaar' for our times. can't wait for the next book in the trilogy!
Well, this needs to be read twice and thrice and n-times to fully digest the scope of it. The story will linger on, and make you giddy. :)

4 of 4 users found this review helpful.
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09 Dec 2012
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Riveting!

The quality of the printing itself is remarkable and once you're able to get over this, the beauty of the artwork with its rich colours and gentle touch will overwhelm! Some of the two-page spreads are absolutely awe-inspiring.

This is not one tale but several, interlinked stories brought together masterfully by the storyteller through common themes and lessons. Even if you have already read the Mahabharata's Adi Parva, nothing can prepare you for the freshness of this interpretation. A recurring thought while reading this was: I know these stories, but not like this.

Absolutely marvellou...
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The quality of the printing itself is remarkable and once you're able to get over this, the beauty of the artwork with its rich colours and gentle touch will overwhelm! Some of the two-page spreads are absolutely awe-inspiring.

This is not one tale but several, interlinked stories brought together masterfully by the storyteller through common themes and lessons. Even if you have already read the Mahabharata's Adi Parva, nothing can prepare you for the freshness of this interpretation. A recurring thought while reading this was: I know these stories, but not like this.

Absolutely marvellou...
The quality of the printing itself is remarkable and once you're able to get over this, the beauty of the artwork with its rich colours and gentle touch will overwhelm! Some of the two-page spreads are absolutely awe-inspiring.

This is not one tale but several, interlinked stories brought together masterfully by the storyteller through common themes and lessons. Even if you have already read the Mahabharata's Adi Parva, nothing can prepare you for the freshness of this interpretation. A recurring thought while reading this was: I know these stories, but not like this.

Absolutely marvellous stuff. Something I find myself picking up and flipping through every now and then. Can't wait for the sequels. :)

1 of 1 users found this review helpful.
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30 Jan 2014
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Expensive but really nice

I got the book when it was on sale so i got it for 500 instead of it's whooping mrp 800. It's a beautiful book with interesting illustrations and a new take on graphic novel. It's for adults and not entriely a kid's fairy tale book, unless you want to work with them on it. Buy it, wait for it to get discounted though. the copy i got had dog eared pages but flipkart replaced it very soon. the replaced copy is in excellent condition. the delivery was prompt i'd say.

0 of 0 users found this review helpful.
★★★★★
★★★★★
30 Jan 2014
A giant effort in a book

This is surely a different kind of graphic novel, an almost encyclopedic take on Indian mythology with some wonderful art. The text may get tedious at times but the book should be picked so that you can go back to it time and again.

0 of 0 users found this review helpful.
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12 Aug 2013
An artist's delight

This book is a marvel of visual delight. Every page has been approached as a work of art and not just another link in a story. That makes the turning of each page a great excitement. The artist/ author's visual style is contemporary yet very Indian, making it a great study of technique and color play for every amateur painter.
The writing style is friendly and somewhat sardonic, giving you the chance for a quite chuckle every now and then. Its narrated in an informal conversational tone, that makes the otherwise heavy topics relatively more approachable, and , perhaps even, a little more un...
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This book is a marvel of visual delight. Every page has been approached as a work of art and not just another link in a story. That makes the turning of each page a great excitement. The artist/ author's visual style is contemporary yet very Indian, making it a great study of technique and color play for every amateur painter.
The writing style is friendly and somewhat sardonic, giving you the chance for a quite chuckle every now and then. Its narrated in an informal conversational tone, that makes the otherwise heavy topics relatively more approachable, and , perhaps even, a little more un...
This book is a marvel of visual delight. Every page has been approached as a work of art and not just another link in a story. That makes the turning of each page a great excitement. The artist/ author's visual style is contemporary yet very Indian, making it a great study of technique and color play for every amateur painter.
The writing style is friendly and somewhat sardonic, giving you the chance for a quite chuckle every now and then. Its narrated in an informal conversational tone, that makes the otherwise heavy topics relatively more approachable, and , perhaps even, a little more understandable. For all those who are making a first foray into modern Indian tales, this is definitely one of the better beginnings. For those who are no stranger to the genre, its not a book that will give out any new surprises, writing-wise, but the book itself is enjoyable and quite obviously, a labor of great love for the author, and its worth keeping this one around for as a conversation starter definitely ! The art is outstanding and definitely adds to the reading pleasure. A must buy for book lovers :)

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    Book: ADI PARVA (English) by Amruta Patil
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