What is a summary of R. K. Narayan's Mahabharata?

As the book's full title suggests, R. K. Nayaran's The Mahabharata is, essentially, the shortened modern prose version of the great ancient Indian epic Mahabharata.

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The Mahabharata is a book written by Indian author R. K. Narayan, originally published in 1978. The book is a modern translation and abridgement of the Mahabharata—one of the most important ancient Indian epics in Sanscrit mythology and, according to many, the longest poem ever written. Narayan incorporates the original epic's themes into the narrative: the importance of dharma and karma, the value of wisdom, duty and responsibility, the eternal battle of good vs. evil, loyalty, truth and deception, the relationship between gods and humans, and the consequences of hatred and war.

The book tells the story of the descendants of Pandu—the five Pandavas brothers (Yudhistira, Bhima, Arjuna, Nakula, and Sahadeva) and their cousins, the Kauravas—the descendants of Dhritarashtra, who fight for the throne of Hastinapura; their family feud culminates with the Kurukshetra War, which lasts for 18 days and becomes so problematic and violent that Krishna decides to take matters into his own hands,...

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