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Gora

Book Review   by:hanson     Original Author: Rabindranath Tagore
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Gora is a Novel of Epic proportions, steeped in the history of colonial India, with a socially relevant message imparted through the emotional relationships of two bosom quarreling friends--Binoy Bhushan and Gora--by the versatile Indian author and cultural personality Rabindranath Tagore. The Novel is based in the British Raj of nineteenth century colonial Bengal, and , describes as it's theme the essential dualism between the Unity of the Human Spirit and the narrow considerations of sectarian and communal religious divisions in the Indian society of that period. The Tale revolves around Gora, a staunch committed and passionate Hindu Nationalist, who disapproves of his childhood friend Binoy Bhushan 's growimg intimacy with a Brahmo Samaj family, in Calcutta.In course of the plot development,Binoy falls in love with Lolita--the daughter of the Brahmo Samaj family--and both cross narrow sectarian boundaries to solemnise their marriage as the union of two souls , on the human plane, above sectarian considerations. Gora himself feels drawn towards Sucharita--an adopted daughter of the Brahmo Samaj family--but , his strong commitment to a nationalism based upon orthodox Hindu values(which are in contradiction to Brahmo values), prevents him from deepening the relationship and even inspires him to run away from the emotional entanglement. Finally, the revelation of the secret of Gora's birth liberates him frrom narrow ideological and sectarian considerations and raises him above the level of the same to the higher plane of Universal Brotherhood, the One World Ideal and the essential Unity of the Human Spirit and Human Race.
Published: January 24, 2006   
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