R. K. Narayan (1906-2001), born and educated in India, was the author of fourteen novels, numerous short stories and essays, a memoir, and three retold myths. His work, championed by Graham Greene, who became a close friend, was often compared to that of Dickens, Chekhov, Faulkner, and Flannery O'Connor, among others. October 10, 2006, is the centennial of Narayan's birth.
The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic, Suggested by the Tamil Version of Kambanby R. K. Narayan, Kampar
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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Excellent shortened version of The Ramayana, good for students and those interested in non-western mythology!
This is an epic poem I had to read for a college class. While the story is decent, this is a shortened prose version. A lot of the story only skims the surface- sometimes the editor will cut into the flow and paraphrase the rest to keep it moving. A good read if you want a general story of Rama- but it's better to seek out a less abridged edition. It's worth it for the full effect.