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Hori had a great desire to have a milched cow tied to her tether in order to bring up her and wash all his worldly sins. By the grace of God he found one but due. Editorial Reviews. Review. ” no Indian should miss this novel, which Premchand wrote with GODAN – Kindle edition by Munshi Premchand. Download it once.

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Set up a giveaway. And to my greatest amazement, i lost the touch with reality while reading the book Read more Read less. That was quite basic and preachy story. How women exercise their power in a society where they are supposed to be completely dependent on their men?

Godaan – literally, the donation of a cow – seems, when this landmark novel of Premchand’s first begins, an event unlikely to happen, because the story starts with a poor farmer’s desire to somehow buy a cow. His works include more than a dozen novels, around short stories, several essays and translations of a number of foreign literary works into Hindi. The ending especially left me extremely sad.

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His works include more than a dozen novels, around short stories, several essays and translations of a number of foreign literary works into Hindi. One person found this helpful. September 25, at 5: I believe in the latter, that for the most part, it was the Indians themselves who were oppressing the Indians. However, he is perenially in debt and is therefore never really the master of his own destiny. If you going to read this I must tell you when you finish this you won’t feel happy.


It was translated into English in by Jai Ratan and P. Maybe something was lost in translation. Set in north India, it is like our grandfather is telling the tales of his woes of youth, Premchand has exactly written in the same way that our grandfather used to tell us about the oppression of money lenders by their never-ending cycle of loan and interest. Would you like to see more reviews about this item?

Please try again later. Translators need to translate ideas, not words. Premchandji is perhaps the most poigant writers of his age.

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The narrative represents the average Indian farmer’s existence under colonial rule, with the protagonist facing cultural and feudal exploitation. All his earnings go in paying the interest, and he never gets around to paying back the principal, thus ensuring he never gets out of debt.

Font was big and agreeable. There is the all-pervading and preposterous usurious exploitation by shylocks; their exploitative methods result in extracting the last paisa from the farmer, and, if that was not enough, grabbing his house, cattle and land.

Also, unlike the poor village characters, I felt that these characters were not as realistic. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed.

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All the issues he raises like women’s treatment, caste division, hypoc A very poignant story. Latest posts in email Enter your email address: It was the time of immense sexism, casteism, and poverty.

You feel the pain of characters, you enjoy with them, in short you feel what they feel. Of course not to those wishes which were attained in his lifetime but to those that never found their destiny.

I believe the situation of the farmers are not better than that describes by Premchand. There are also those who people a world far removed from poor Hori’s: July 21, at They play out their own games and suffer their own defeats.


The act of donating a cow in charityor Godaanis considered to be an important Hindu ritual, as it helps in absolving one of sin, and incurring divine blessings. It’s premchnad difficult for us, the 21st century group, to comment anything about the old, un-educated, under-addressed, village life.

But, commendably the novel was concluded well, though I was left desiring for more, as I could not bear to part from the wonderful characters. He is a symbol of all the good and evil that lies within a man, and based on the circumstances, gkdan good or bad side takes over.

October 31, at Would you like to tell us about a lower price? The story starts from a point where Hori has a deep desire of having a cow as other millions of poor peasants. This is an amazing work of Prem Chand. Women shape society, they control the flow.

Top Reviews Most recent Top Reviews. The word connotes as religion, moral principles and values, conscience and duty. It is also the defeat of the tiny hope that things get better at the end.

Spelling mistakes abound in this edition, if I recall correctly. There is a frisson of adultery and an unrequited love story.

I just want to say that I was totally in love with every nook and corner of his writing.