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Karna's Wife: The Outcast's Queen tells the extraordinary story of Karna, the unsung hero of the Mahabharata, through the eyes of his wife Uruvi, bringing his story to the reader from a unique perspective. An accomplished Kshatriya princess who falls in love with and dares to choose the sutaputra over Arjun, Uruvi must come to terms with the social implications of her marr Karna's Wife: An accomplished Kshatriya princess who falls in love with and dares to choose the sutaputra over Arjun, Uruvi must come to terms with the social implications of her marriage and learn to use her love and intelligence to be accepted by Karna and his family.

Though she becomes his mainstay, counselling and guiding him, his blind allegiance to Duryodhana is beyond her power to change. The story of Uruvi and Karna unfolds against the backdrop of the struggle between the Pandavas and the Kauravas.

As events build up leading to the great war of the Mahabharata, Uruvi is a witness to the twists and turns of Karna's fate; and how it is inextricably linked to divine design.


A splendid saga from the pages of the Mahabharata, Karna's Wife: The Outcast s Queen brings its characters alive in all their majesty.

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To ask other readers questions about Karna's Wife , please sign up. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Rating details. Sort order. Oct 19, Uma rated it it was amazing.

A part of me is in the battlefield of Kurukshetra where Karna met his glorious end. I am writing this review hoping that it would get rid of the lump in the throat that has not disappeared since I finished the book.

According to Lord Krishna A part of me is in the battlefield of Kurukshetra where Karna met his glorious end. According to Lord Krishna: One who is without agitation in sorrows or happiness, free from longing, free from attachment, fear and anger, is called a quiet person of steady consciousness.

He who is without affection towards both auspicious and inauspicious, neither thrilling nor despairing, his consciousness is established. When such a man withdraws his senses from their objects as a tortoise withdraws its limbs, his consciousness is established.

The sense objects turn away by not feeding on them by the embodied, although the taste may not be given up. Even the taste goes on seeing the supreme.

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It is easy to say how a person should be a Sthitapragnya, but very difficult to become one. One might argue that Yudhistra was one, but in my head, Karna surpasses Yudhistra in this field.

He goes through rejections his whole life — first by his mother, then by his gurus and then by the society. Yudhistra was beloved of all. He had the support — of his mother, his brothers and wife, Krishna and the society. At no point was he rejected. Yet I believe that he did not take on the responsibility for his actions in the game of dice. He bleated his righteous arguments of how his wife was his to wager.

He and the other brothers found no clause in their so called Dharma that would help them protest against what was happening to Draupadi. Arjuna was supposed to have no equals in archery.

One way of ensuring no equals is to be the best and the second way is to get rid of anyone else who is the best. Karna was the former and Arjuna was the latter. I was happy to read in this story that Draupadi forgave Karna more readily than her husbands.

She equated the disrobing act to the insult she offered him during her swayamvara and understood the shame that he must have felt. Karna knows that Duryodhana was wrong and was on the path of self destruction, yet his loyalty is unwavering because of the acceptance and dignity the latter gave him.

Some might see it as the behavior of an insecure person, and may be it is. But what human being doesn't go through the insecurity of not being accepted by others.

How many of us feel bad about being rejected for our virtues because some other external factor color, caste, race, or gender overshadows it? Karna went through all this and more. Yet he accepted his mistakes. His longing for acceptance, his love for his adopted family, wife and sons, his passion for Uruvi whom he calls his conscience, are beautifully captured.

On the eve of the battle, Krishna and Kunti, separately, try to dissuade Karna from fighting for Duryodhana and reveal the secret of his birth.

He goes through hell because of this revelation and yet does not swerve from his path of loyalty. After his death Krishna says that Karna could be killed only if he gave up righteousness and Kunti and he attempted to do just that by revealing the story of his birth. Thank you Kavita Kane for this beautiful book. View all 14 comments. Dec 01, Paromita Bardoloi rated it really liked it. It is not an easy task to choose a character from the Mahabharata and do justice to it, especially when you are picking up someone like Karna.

Karna is our first Greek tragic hero. He rose above his destiny. Arjuna conquered the Kingdom, Karna stayed in our hearts. Whenever we think of Karna, a tragedy strikes our heart. Even after losing everything, Karna lived on. This book is about Karna through the eyes of his wife Uruvi. Though it was already known that it would be Arjuna her childhood mate whom she would choose. The moment she chooses Karna, there comes a veil between her and Hatinapur.

Yet, she stands by Karna. The love story of Karna and Uruvi is used as a backdrop of the whole Mahabharata playing in the fore. Karna is a man trapped in a doomed destiny. Each character and incident is played very poignantly and each shade is grey, even Duryadhana with all his pride and flaws looks human and not the anti-hero.

Karna also falls from grace when he was also a participant in the disrobing of Draupadi, for which Uruvi could not forgive him, even when Draupadi does. Kane is a flawless storyteller who has beautifully beaded an old story in a new string. When Karna lies in the battleground, the reader would want to sit next to him and weep a river.

That is the power of storytelling Kane has used while telling the story of Karna from the perspective of an extremely lesser known character- his wife. A powerfully told story of a woman, who loved a man who was destined to doom. A must read. View all 7 comments. Jun 30, Mythbreaker rated it did not like it. Kavita Kane writes in her Preface - that urged by her mother, this book was written in an impulse.

In the entire novel, this is perhaps the most sane, logical and honest statement. My review might come across as unfair to an author and his hardwork. But after reading "Karna's Wife: The Outcast's Queen", I felt a few things needed to be said. In the past, many literary geniuses have written novels on 'anti-heroes' of Ramayana and Mahabharata.

Using 'creative liberty' and 'fresh perspective', they Kavita Kane writes in her Preface - that urged by her mother, this book was written in an impulse. Using 'creative liberty' and 'fresh perspective', they have tried to depict how wronged their protagonists are.

Some have done this wonderfully and won accolades. The best thing about these fictional renditions is, they satiate the dissatisfaction we have with the canon narrative. Karna, particularly is the most interesting subject, now carved into public memory as the quintessential 'tragic hero'.

His grey nature makes him an intriguing character to write on. Despite it all, what makes me resent THIS particular book is, it appears to have been written not to tell the story of Karna's wife, but rather to justify Karna and degrade every other character around.

Karna's wife Uruvi is merely a tool to achieve this. Now, honestly, I might have overlooked this approach, if the execution was skillful and poignant. But sadly, the writing has ZERO subtlety. The author uses forced and contrived arguments to dismiss certain characters as inferior going against what is clearly written in Vyas' text, extensively plays the sensational caste-card without having a fair understanding of the social structure of Dwapar Yuga, and even misinterprets some shlokas of the canon text.

However, what I find particularly disturbing are the double standards while dealing with this book's heroine Uruvi and that of Vyasa's epic, Draupadi, and the unsettling views surrounding the latter. More on that later. Uruvi in the first half. Her characterization is decent. Honest admission of Karna's active and abominable role in Vastraharan, which most authors writing on Karna tend to sugarcoat. The author's understanding of the plight of all women in the epic, and a happy ending.

The narrative style: One of the first things that every storyteller learns is: But we hardly find that here. In the entire book, we are merely told how Karna is great, virtuous, selfless, extraordinary, innocent, etc, by Uruvi, Radha, Kunti, etc but barely "shown" his greatness convincingly through his actions. This is made worse by over-justification, repeated references to same incidents, unnecessary insertion of side stories and a language, that is not pedestrian but extremely tedious.

It takes great patience to finish the novel, unless one is a huge fanatic of Karna and loves reading long, boring conversations that extol and exaggerate his virtues. Also, there are characters and names lifted from other works, aka Vrushali brainchild of Shivaji Sawant's Mrityunjay without disclaimers.

Character Sketches: The author seems to have been angry when she wrote the book. Really angry that Draupadi had rejected Kane's hero Karna an incident which has been identified as a later insertion into Mahabharata, and removed from the Critical Edition and married his rival Arjun instead.

So, in a vengeful spree, she carves a similar, feisty heroine in her novel, Uruvi, and makes her reject Arjun and rebelliously marry Karna in a fictional Swayamvar which is an exact replica of Draupadi's from Vyasa's text minus the fish task! And here comes the double standards.

Kane applauds Uruvi for exerting her choice in marriage, while simultaneously deriding Draupadi for doing the same. She vilifies the kings who try to attack and kill Uruvi for choosing a non-Kshatriya, and yet carefully avoids to elaborate how Karna too, along with these very same kings had shown the same atrocity with Draupadi during her Swayamvar. Kane is a feminist when it comes to Uruvi but somehow doesn't apply the same tenets of feminism, where Draupadi is concerned. The worst, however, is yet to come.

Kane's Draupadi an opposite of what she was in Vyas' depiction is hopelessly in love with Karna, and so, forgives him for goading her molestation at the dice-game! Then of course there's Kunti. Now, I don't mind a grey-shaded Rajmata, but a dumb one with no self-respect? Vyas' Kunti who was extremely critical of Karna and others for their behaviour towards her beloved daughter-in-law at the dice-game gets a degree makeover in this novel.

Here, Kunti of all people justifies not once, but twice how Karna is 'technically' right in calling Draupadi a whore, because apparently the scriptures say so! Firstly, the author's interpretation of the particular shloka in the said scripture is incorrect. And even if that is the case, why did Kunti allow Draupadi to be pushed to such miserable fate knowing the scriptures well? Oops, it was her "oversight". Well, as per Kane. One can debate whether Vyas' Arjun was flawed or flawless. However, what is beyond doubts is the fact that he was known for his calm and controlled behavior.

The author renders Arjun to be weak, inferior and hot-headed to contrast with her version of "wiser" and "noble" Karna. Except of course, Karna who is forever looking for attention, and occasionally muses "Pandavas never gave me a chance. Warped morals of the story: I felt uncomfortable at some of the opinions that Kavita Kane wishes to impress upon the readers through her book, and this is what prompted me to give it 1 star. One of the biggest problems with this novel is, it does not extend the same moral standards to its protagonists, what it expects from other characters.

Worse still, is the manner in which Karna's mistakes are justified at every step. It appears as though, the author knows deep down what happened at the dice-game is unjustifiable, but she does not wish to admit it to herself. So, throughout the novel, she makes at least 20 references to Karna's discomfiture by Draupadi, bringing it up every now and then to rile up sentimental readers. The most dangerous part is where Uruvi's mother expresses her joy that her daughter rejected Arjun for he failed to protect his wife from molestation, and in the very next line, applauds her for choosing Karna instead, who was one of the perpetrators of the said molestation!

A similar treatment is meted out for the much-known statement "Andha Ka Putra Andha" which is NOT part of Vyasa's Sanksrit epic but the figment of imagination of a much later playwright. Final Verdict: I wish to write more, but the review has already become too long. The reason why this book is a bestseller is because most Indians have not really read the unabridged, canonical text of Mahabharat and thus are unfamiliar with the subtle details from Vyas' Sanskrit version.

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This book simply plays safe with popular interpretations of Karna, and oils the general fanaticism that exists around him. Needless to say, such sensational renditions written with juvenile understanding of the epic win people's hearts instantly. Pick up the book only if you'd like to read a saas-bahu version of Mahabharata. Aug 26, Bharath rated it it was amazing. I have been wanting to read Kavita Kane's books since long, and finally have started with Karna's Wife.

Mahabharata is an epic of immense complexity. A situation and dilemma which the Mahabharata raises, has found no easy solutions even today - what if those at the highest seat I have been wanting to read Kavita Kane's books since long, and finally have started with Karna's Wife. Karna is a character who is one of the most fascinating in the epic. He fights an uphill battle right from birth — is given away and brought up by poor parents his father being a charioteer at a time when your parental heritage mattered a lot.

He is up against a lot — his upbringing, devious friends and being bound by loyalty, blunders due to feeling mistreated since long, others seeking to disarm him by taking advantage of his generosity….. This is a character you do not encounter in mainstream narration of the Mahabharata.

Though of royal heritage and also close to the Pandavas, she chooses to marry Karna — impressed by his personality and skills. While she loves him deeply, she watches helplessly as she sees their life entering turbulent times. Uruvi is wild with Karna — how could a man for whom righteousness of conduct was important, do something like this, despite the fact that Draupadi insults him during her Swayamvar.

Each person is the sum total of his experiences — Karna bears the brunt of discrimination right from his birth. And yet, the book largely maintains the ethos of the epic. Some of the characterization on the Pandavas side could have been better. If Indian historical fiction interests you specifically the Mahabharata , this is a great book to read.

My rating: View 2 comments. Oct 14, Shriyala rated it really liked it. You can't help but fall in love with Karna. Not once, not twice, but many a times throughout the book. Karna was a righteous man in a wrong place, and at a wrong time. He knows that his love and loyalty towards Duryodhana will eventually lead to the inevitable,yet he never abandons his friend. This book makes you smile when you read about Uruvi and Karna's love for each other, at the same time you can't help feeling sad cause you know what's in store, right from the beginning.

I would have liked You can't help but fall in love with Karna. I would have liked to give a rating of 3. So, 4 it is! View 1 comment. Jan 26, Divya Sarma rated it did not like it. I love reading PoV versions of Mahabharata, and since Karna is a very intriguing character, I thought this PoV from his wife would be great. But the author simply seems to have read a couple of PoV versions like Mrityunjaya, Palace of Illusions etc and done some general online reading on Mahabharata interpretations, and simply rehashed it.

I mean even some of the words sound the same as what I have read on several online discussions of this epic. The problem with this book is that there is no at I love reading PoV versions of Mahabharata, and since Karna is a very intriguing character, I thought this PoV from his wife would be great.

The problem with this book is that there is no attempt to create an internality to Uruvi, Karna's wife, or for that matter any of the characters. It is like a third person story, which is simply conveniently written up as a PoV. Just an example, Karna is sharing with Uruvi the secret of his birth, and who his birth mother is. Dont you think he would just get to the point of the conversation.

But no, he meanders on and on about how Krishna came with Satyaki and took him in a chariot and they drove somewhere and he asked Satyaki to go away and yada yada. Its like the author saw the BR Chopra serial or perhaps read Rajaji's Mahabharata and is simply making Karna describe the situation which was described in third person in that book. I mean do you really think a man who has been told the secret of his birth and who is wrestling with the fact that he is going to war with his own brothers is going to come and describe the story in this way to a wife he respects.

Similarly, with Karna's death, Ashwathama goes on and on and on about the battle that we never really get a sense of the tragedy of his death for his wife. If this was really a PoV, then shouldnt the wife be focussing more on her loss rather than attempting to describe the battle scene. This kind of PoV versions smack of Lazy writing. The author has made no effort to actually get engaged with the character who is narrating the story, but simply using her as a mouthpiece.

For some truly interesting PoV, one should read Bhmsen by Panicker, which is based on the malayalam book Randamoozham. I have not read the original and Panicker stresses that his is not a translation, but you can see the author make an effort to actually narrate a story from Bhima's perspective. It is his story. Even the fights he engages in are narrated from within his mind. We understand what he thinks of his wife, his mother, his brothers.

There are numerous other places, where it is obvious that the author cant be bothered to demonstrate something through the story, and simply states it. For instance, at one point Uruvi says Karna has a good e sense of humor. But not once is anything related to that ever described. Draupadi's unrequited love for Karna is pretty much a lift off from Palace of Illusions. Uruvi even hints at the same reason for Draupadi to dismiss his suit, as has been described by Divakaruni in her book.

But pray on what basis did Uruvi realize this truth. It is natural that she may guess another woman loves her husband, but how can she randomly assign a reason for why that woman then rejected this man. I thought I was too critical in the review and flipped through the book again. There are some sections which are nice. Kunti finally gets her comeuppance through Uruvi's repeated castigation of her. But Kunti's reasons for hiding Karna's birth remains very obscure and her repeated requests from Uruvi to stop censuring her seems very unlike this strong woman, who made her choices aware of the consequences and probably took full responsibility for her actions.

And then I stumble on more bits of lazy writing. After Karna's death, in the battlefield, Uruvi is beholding her husband and the Pandavas and Krishna come and Krishna says Yudhishtra wants to light the funeral pyre, and will she allow it. Uruvi says Karna wanted Krishna to do it. Krishna says he is aware of it, because that was one of the boon he asked of Krishna before his death. SO if Krishna is aware of Karna's desire, why is he even asking Uruvi if Yudhishtra can light the pyre and telling her that it is his right as a brother?

These kind of logical inconsistencies ought to have been picked up by an author or competent editor at least. Nov 04, Shinde rated it did not like it Shelves: Regressive, Masochistic and screechy. The protagonist woman argues she ought to have a choice in selecting her husband. Then she spends the entire book married to a man who abuses, molests and insults another woman for exerting the very same choice!

The protagonist's idol Kunti is a woman who bedded 5 men, and this Kunti loftily proclaims how the same man is 'Righteous' for declaring her 5-husband daughter-in-law as a whore! In the climax, these two women fall into each other's arms mourning the de Regressive, Masochistic and screechy. In the climax, these two women fall into each other's arms mourning the death of above mentioned abuser male. Oh by the way, the author is a woman. View all 4 comments. Nov 05, Swathi Sridharan rated it did not like it.

Really poorly written. The book will do a good job of getting you to dislike Karna if you happen it like him already. None of the personalities of the characters are properly developed,in fact there is not a single likeable character in this book. For every question asked of Karna,the sole reply he has for every logical argument put across is "duryodhana is my friend".

The author beats around the bush for most part of the book,repeating the same things over and over again. I only bared through this Really poorly written. I only bared through this book for my otherwise liking for the character but I sincerely recommend one NOT to touch it.

Reviewed it just to put across that it was one of the not at all good books I have ever read. View all 3 comments. Jun 30, Shyam Sundar rated it really liked it. Re-telling of the greatest epic mahabharata on karna's Perspective. This book explores multiple facets of karna! As a King , a husband , a friend , a son , a father , a brother , an enemy! As an epitome of moral righteousness. An unsung hero of Mahabaratha!

Have been bought up by listening various stories of mahabaratha on pandavas , this gives another unique perspective of uruvi , a kshatriya princess who choses Karna over arjuna. The story of Karna and Uruvi is used as a backdrop of the Re-telling of the greatest epic mahabharata on karna's Perspective. The story of Karna and Uruvi is used as a backdrop of the whole Mahabharata playing in the fore.

A classic retelling which narrates the events of Mahabharata with great detail and different perspective.

The conflict within her between her unconditional love for Karna and his inconsiderate behavior towards Draupadi at the dice game in the palace of Hastinapur has been well portrayed. A must read for mythology lovers. Dec 25, Avanthika rated it it was amazing.

What was so special about this book was it penetrated into Karna's soul through Uruvi's eyes. I was wondering why the author chose fictional Uruvi over Vrushaali, who was the actual mother of all nine sons of Karna including Vrushakethu. And then came the answer, the chapter that had the suyamvar. When everybody expects Uruvi to garland Arjuna, she walks past him to garland Arjuna's ulimate rival, Karna, creating traumatic murmurs.

It actually tamed my pulse to a greater extent even though it was What was so special about this book was it penetrated into Karna's soul through Uruvi's eyes. It actually tamed my pulse to a greater extent even though it was imaginary, for it nullified the astringent remark Panjaali made on her Suyamvar. D Karna. Portrayed as a Dharmic person supporting wrong people, there are numerous debates on his actions.

Well, the root to all his unrighteous choices he made is very evident. He was subjected to parental rejection.

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He woke up every morning in the same town with his mom, as adopted son of sutaputra despite of being Suryaputhra, looking at every elderly women down the street and wondering who could be his mom. He had a turmoil in choosing between dharma of friendship and the dharma of righteousness. Having faced rejections all through his life, he did not get the recognition that he longed for.

Not until his death. He took Duryodhan's side although his morals where right, for Duryodhan was the only person who supported him when the rest of the world walked away belittling him. Even after becoming a king, he couldn't do AnnaDadham because people refused to eat in a Sutaputra's house. Radheya has always been a rebel against caste and the social hierarchy,' her mother-in-law said, after a brief pause.

Uruvi tries her best to bring him back in track. The conversations between Draupati and uruvi are well crafted. When Karna confessed his love for Draupati to Uruvi, I found pangs of jealousy in me.

The climax of this book left me with a lump in my throat. Benevolent Karna is bad mouthed throughout the epic although he was dharmic. I was as devastated as Uruvi. She sometimes wished she was more thick-skinned, so that she could see nothing, feel nothing. I understood the need to have thick-skin when I went through those pages that described Karna's death. Seriously, Karna's death doesn't mark his ultimate end. There were situations where he died slowly, inside him, before his actual death.

First time was when Kunti dumped him. Finally, before his final death, after keeping mum for years, Kunti reveals the secret to Karna, just before the war. Very thought of confronting his own brothers in the war should have killed him literally.

After all these difficult situations, he should have felt bitter to fight. There was nothing left after that.

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Everything stood ominously still. I could feel the void, darkness and agony. I could sense the loss Duryodhan went through after Karna's death. Duryodhan, who stood undisturbed in the battlefield even after the death of his 99 cousins, couldn't bear the death of Karna.

He weeps like a kid to Uruvi. Through Kavita Kane's words, I lived the life of Karna's wife. Even after finishing the book, I could feel the hangover of the words used. The world is not going to witness one another benevolent loving man like Karna ever again.

Jun 20, Aditya Choppa rated it it was ok. I relived the memories of reading Twilight while reading the initial chapters as Uruvi pines for Karna She'll definitely give tough competition to Bella on how much one cab get obsessed about a guy.

Once you get used to the blatant sexism can be excused as it is set in a patriarchal society thousands of years ago you are bombarded with psycho-analysis of Uruvi. The analysis presented is nothing new. For anybody who has seen the movie about Karna an old Telugu movie or the TV-series used to air on Doordarshan the points the author makes are moot. Only, thing new to me was the severe criticism of Kunthi. Read it only if you are ignorant about Mahabaratha or haven't heard the version sympathetic to Karna or you have lot of spare time.

Feb 10, Nina rated it did not like it. It was that man again. That man, with his thick mane, brooding eyes and twinkling earrings, walked towards her, his gold armour glittering so fiercely under the blazing sun that it was blinding.

His intense radiance threw tormented shadows, the wind suddenly whirling away the figure made spectral by the shadows, and snuffing it abruptly while she stood there, her arms extended, against the vast emptiness of sand… If the opening passage appears to be intriguing, then let me clarify that this is ju It was that man again.

His intense radiance threw tormented shadows, the wind suddenly whirling away the figure made spectral by the shadows, and snuffing it abruptly while she stood there, her arms extended, against the vast emptiness of sand… If the opening passage appears to be intriguing, then let me clarify that this is just akin to the trailer of the movie, Thugs of Hindostan that offered loads of promises, with the actual content turning out to be tripe.

Karna's Wife, the Outcast's Queen is supposed to be the story of the wife of Karna. However, what it actually is, is a justifications for everything Karna did in the name of caste tragedy , through the voice of Uruvi, a fictional woman. Garnished with an absolutely amateurish style of writing, this book is a precious piece of balderdash. I am hoping that Kavita's command over storytelling has improved with her successive projects.

Here's an insight into the book: Let's start with the titular character: Uruvi, aka Karna's Wife. Uruvi is basically a carbon-copy of Draupadi, minus the Vastraharan. Same beauty, same traits, same wit. Only Kane claims that Uruvi doesn't like revenge and war, though I seriously feel that side of hers had remained untested throughout the book. If she had been molested, dragged by her hair and disrobed publicly by her in-laws, then it remains to be seen what might have been her reaction.

Uruvi is a modern day feminist, who believes in "my life, my choice". And choose she does, to take revenge from Vyasa who composed Mahabharat.

Since Draupadi chose Arjuna, Uruvi has to do the opposite. She rejects her childhood friend Arjun coldly and garlands Karna. But Uruvi is multi-faceted. Not only is she her husband's avenger but also his PR team. She goes around asking people like Bhishma questions like, how dare you love Arjuna more, when my hubby is a better warrior and human?

Next comes the man himself, Karna. In this book, Karna is said to be the greatest, kindest, nicest human being that ever walked the earth. They constantly tell stories of Karna's greatness, which is fine, except that we rarely get to see Karna walk the talk. What we do get in this book, instead, is Karna, the eternal whiner whose best shot at fame seems to be through validation from Pandavas. Every now and then, he keeps whining to his wife about how Pandavas never gave him chance, how Pandavas never gave him attention, etc.

What I fail to understand is, why would they? What makes the author think that the Pandavas were obligated to pay attention to an upstart like Karna, who was a stranger to them in their youth?

Then there is his fixation with Draupadi. More the author's actually, than Karna ever had in Vyasa's Mahabharat.

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And at least 10 times, we are reminded how he had called her a whore and egged her molestation at the dice hall only as justified retaliation. Of course Karna had no malice in heart while doing all this, or so the author claims. Eventually they reach Germany, but soon discover that in this new life — where they are perceived as nothing but refugees — their struggle is far from over.

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She went out for a run — and never came home. As Elvie is driving to her new job late at night, the naked, emaciated body of a young woman crashes from high above onto an oncoming car.

Elvie recognises her as Lorna Lennox, who has been missing for weeks. But why was she up there? Where had she been all this time? And why was she running for her life? Teaming up with retired detective Billy Hopkirk, who has been retained by the mother of one of the missing girls to find her daughter, Elvie determines to find out the truth.

But as the pair alternately collaborate with and infuriate investigating police detectives Anderson and Costello, they find themselves up against a terrifying enemy. Someone who has killed before. Someone who will kill again, for pure enjoyment. Someone they call The Night Hunter. There are human bones, buried in an open field, the remains of a lost teenaged boy whose disappearance devastated a community more than thirty-five-years ago…and scarred a guilt-ridden friend forever… A long-hidden horror has been unearthed, dragging a tormented policeman into a past he could never truly forget no matter how desperately he tried.

Because the secrets that doomed young Graham Marshall back in remain alive and lethal, and disturbing them could cost Banks much more than he ever imagined. Master of suspense Peter Robinson once again delves into the human psyche to reveal what leads some to commit murder in this compelling, unforgettable thriller.

She was delighted, therefore, to receive an invitation to the Milton's party where the wine flowed freely and a good time was being had by all - that is, until Gabrielle's crumpled, lifeless body was found underneath a balcony. Are you sure you want to continue? Cancel Accept. There was an error reconnecting. Please try again.