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The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic - Vālmīki, R.K. Narayan, Pankaj Mishra
The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic
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A sweeping tale of abduction, battle, and courtship played out in a universe of deities and demons, The Ramayana is familiar to virtually every Indian. Although the Sanskrit original was composed by Valmiki around the fourth century BC, poets have produced countless versions in different... show more
A sweeping tale of abduction, battle, and courtship played out in a universe of deities and demons, The Ramayana is familiar to virtually every Indian. Although the Sanskrit original was composed by Valmiki around the fourth century BC, poets have produced countless versions in different languages. Here, drawing on the work of an eleventh-century poet called Kamban, Narayan employs the skills of a master novelist to re-create the excitement he found in the original. A luminous saga made accessible to new generations of readers, The Ramayana can be enjoyed for its spiritual wisdom, or as a thrilling tale of ancient conflict.
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780143039679 (0143039679)
ASIN: 143039679
Publisher: Penguin Classics
Pages no: 157
Edition language: English
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5.0 The essence of Indian culture and wisdom, the second major epic poetry in India
I happened to pick up this book when I went to New Delhi for work. I didn't know about Indian mythology at all, because in Europe we read only Greek Mythology at school, but what I've always like about India is that in this country, the animals seem to have equal rights as Man. So, when I picked up ...
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This is one of those really entertaining but makes you want to smack someone. But at least the gods in this version agree with me. It is nice to know that the Bible isn’t the only work that screws women over. The amount of time that men in this epic, who keep telling you they are powerful dudes, b...
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