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Gods, Demons, and Others
     

Gods, Demons, and Others

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by R. K. Narayan, R. K. Laxman (Illustrator)
 

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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

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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 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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780226568256
Publisher:
University of Chicago Press
Publication date:
05/28/1993
Edition description:
1
Pages:
252
Sales rank:
322,373
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.00(d)

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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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Gods, Demons, and Others 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.