The Ramayana

The Ramayana

A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic (suggested by the Tamil Version of Kamban)

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The Ramayana is, quite simply, the greatest of Indian epics - and one of the world's supreme masterpieces of storytelling 'Almost every individual living in India,' writes R. K. Narayan in the Introduction to this new interpretation, 'is aware of the story of The Ramayana. Everyone of whatever age, outlook, education or station in life knows the essential part of the epic and adores the main figures in it - Rama and Sita. Every child is told the story at bedtime . . . The Ramayana pervades our cultural life.' Although the Sanskrit original was composed by Valmiki, probably around the fourth century BC, poets have produced countless variant versions in different languages. Here, drawing his inspiration from the work of an eleventh-century Tamil poet called Kamban, Narayan has used the talents of a master novelist to recreate the excitement and joy he has found in the original.
Publisher: New York : Penguin Books, 2006
ISBN: 9780143039679
0143039679
Branch Call Number: 891.2 N1646R 2006
Characteristics: xviii, 157 pages ; 20 cm
Additional Contributors: Kampar active 9th century Rāmāyaṇam

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