Gods, Demons, and Others

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Following in the footsteps of the storytellers of his native India, R. K. Narayan has produced his own versions of tales taken from the Ramayana and the Mahabarata. Carefully selecting those stories which include the strongest characters, and omitting the theological or social commentary that would have drawn out the telling, Narayan informs these fascinating myths with his urbane humor and graceful style.

"Mr. Narayan gives vitality and an original viewpoint to the most ancient of legends, lacing them with his ...

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Overview


Following in the footsteps of the storytellers of his native India, R. K. Narayan has produced his own versions of tales taken from the Ramayana and the Mahabarata. Carefully selecting those stories which include the strongest characters, and omitting the theological or social commentary that would have drawn out the telling, Narayan informs these fascinating myths with his urbane humor and graceful style.

"Mr. Narayan gives vitality and an original viewpoint to the most ancient of legends, lacing them with his own blend of satire, pertinent explanation and thoughtful commentary."—Santha Rama Rau, New York Times

"Narayan's narrative style is swift, firm, graceful, and lucid . . . thoroughly knowledgeable, skillful, entertaining. One could hardly hope for more."—Rosanne Klass, Times Literary Supplement

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Reprint of Narayan's adaptation of Indian mythology. Originally published by Chicago in 1964. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780226568256
  • Publisher: University of Chicago Press
  • Publication date: 2/28/2009
  • Edition description: 1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 252
  • Sales rank: 981,866
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author


R. K. Narayan (1906–2001) was one of the most prominent Indian novelists of the twentieth century. Most of his stories are set in the fictional South Indian town of Malgudi, a place that Narayan populated with numerous characters. He was the recipient of many awards for his work including the National Prize of the Indian Literary Academy, India's highest literary honor. In 1980 he was awarded the AC Benson Medal by the Royal Society of Literature, of which he was an honorary member and in 1982 he was elected an honorary member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters.
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Table of Contents


The World of the Storyteller
The Gods of the Stories
Lavana
Chudala
Yayati
Devi
Viswamitra
Manmata
Ravana
Valmiki
Draupadi
Nala
Savitri
The Mispaired Anklet
Shakuntala
Harischandra
Sibi
A Note on Cosmogony
Glossary
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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2001

    Great book for all ages!

    I had to read Gods, Demons, and Others for my english class as part of exploring literature of different cultures, this book being written by an Indian author. At first I thought that I was being forced to read another pointless book. Much to my dismay I was very pleased with this book that kept me interested and wanting more.

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