Synopses & Reviews
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.
This selection from the great classic of Indian literature is the heroic tale of Prince Rama. The stories chief episodes are Rama's courtship of the youthful Sita, their exile, Sita's abduction, the search, and the great battle with Ravana, her abductor.
About the Author
'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.'