Top critical review
Verbose. Pedantic. Tedious. Avoidable.
1 June 2018
Pedantic. Verbose. Tedious to read. Difficult to understand.
Amazon delivered on time. The print quality is pretty good, but there are several typographical and grammatical errors in the book. Considering that this is the seventeenth edition of the book, the publishers could have taken the trouble to correct the obvious typos in the book.
It is unlikely that the original authors are still alive, but the book could have been properly edited for length and clarity by some other modern-day scholar. Looks like the authors were more interested in demonstrating their overdeveloped literary skills and their erudition, than in simple elucidation of the intricacies of Indian philosophy. The book is filled with pages and pages of unnecessary repetition and takes far too long to make its point.
If the intention was to provide a cogent reference book for formal students of philosophy, the book does not serve that intention. If instead, it was meant to be a simple and easily understood guide for the general public, it fails miserably.
Well, the book is cheaply priced, so I do not really consider it a bad investment. But I would not recommend it to anyone who has an interest in Indian philosophy, student or layperson. Avoidable.
Try the Wikipedia page on Indian philosophy instead. It's a much better read.