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What is the best, unabridged English translation of the Valmiki text? See 2 questions about Ramayana…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 4. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Ramayana. This was a great read.
This is a re-telling of the Ramayana, by William Buck. It is not in verse, although it remains in the original seven parts, and is considered one of the better modern re-tellings. I must admit, the first of the seven parts almost had me putting this back on the self for another time.
It was confusing with the number of characters, the timeframes and general confusion. I am so glad I persisted, as from the end of that part on, it was brilliant. To be fair it was the scene se This was a great read.
To be fair it was the scene setting section of the book and was trying to set out the history. I should probably go back and re-read it, because I really don't know what it was For me, from that point on, the characters were absorbing, the story paced well and interesting and there were stories inside the story which explained aspects of the narrative.
The other aspect of this edition of the book are the pictures. They occur probably every pages, and look like pencil sketches. No colour, limited contrast - by which I mean they are not boldly drawn, but subtly drawn, and they are excellent.
To me they seem to capture the intent of the writing, and provide realistic Indian imagery of the characters - not just people, but the mythological creatures and the animals.
It does have a high proportion of inevitably beautiful women who appear almost exclusively with minimal clothing, usually topless, which was probably slightly disconnected from the text.
So no plot lines in the review - they would be reduced to something too simple, or would remain over complex, and there are plenty of sources or reviews which can assist. The story is somewhat familiar to me, but having not been brought up with the story as a part of my culture, there are plenty or moral lessons to take from this story, and it is plain to see why it remains popular and important in Indian culture.
So for stars, I struggled with the opening section, but loved the rest. I was settling for 4 stars, but I liked it better than that in the end, so racks up my first five star rating of View all 5 comments. As part of reading different versions of Ramayana, I have read this book. This is the best one I have come across till date.
The author presents the story devoid of his opinion or biases which is something I liked. I also liked the way he draws parallels between Valmiki Ramayana and Kamban Ramayana.
Such a relief to read this after reading Devdutt Patnaik's version 'Sita' one of the worst books I have read. View all 8 comments. I love readings Epics and old, old mythologies and really making the connections between them all over the world. Icarus burning his wings in Greek mythology to Sampati, the vulture, who burned his wings on account of protecting his brother when they both flew too close to the sun in Ramayana.
There are some obvious parallels like this one, or another one between Hindu religion and the Abrahamic faiths that I discovered when talking to a friend. Krishna is carried across a river in a basket when I love readings Epics and old, old mythologies and really making the connections between them all over the world. Krishna is carried across a river in a basket when a king starts killing male babies because he hears of a prophecy that one of them will rise to kill him which is so similar to the story of Moses I've heard.
But what I really love about Epics is that you can sort of trace back all fantasy fiction to it. You can also see the trend of black and white truths and, of course, the rampant sexism. The part that's always bothered me the most. This one goes on to feminizing the land and calling the King the husband of the land and with his death comes the widowhood of the land.
Random musings: - All the old myths and epics I've read always describe the Men as beautiful, having slender faces and almond-shaped eyes and smooth complexion. All attributes that are now seen as feminine.
View 2 comments. This classic translation of the Ramayana is a complete and unabridged verse by verse translation of the great epic poem. This is not the Ramayana in the story format but the translation of the verses in the poetic form. The author reproduces the spirit of the ancient hymns with great flair. The lavishly added notes to the verses and appendix at the end of the book adds to the reference value of the title.
Oct 28, Harish Challapalli rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorite-authors , indian-authors , all-time-favs , mythology , religious , philosophy , saw-this-movie , read-more-than-once , inspirational , epics.
The book depits the life story of a greatest Prince Rama who is an embodiment of all good qualities a human can ever possess!! Sita, wife of Rama, is a perfect example of how a woman should be! Each and every character in this book will teach us something and helps to live an untainted life!! Personally, I feel i have no words to describe these Trio-epics!!
View all 3 comments. I used to study this epic in the Thai poem called "Ramakian" when I was in my teens, so it's my sheer delight to read this immortal Indian epic finely translated by a Sanskrit scholar. View all 9 comments. Thanks to Lada who give me the courage to read this monument, this masterpiece.
View 1 comment. I read this for my Bahasa Indonesia school task and I actually enjoyed it! Rama is an amazing character and a great role model for literally everyone in this entire world. I've never read anything about Hindu Mythology, and this book made me so interested on finding out more about Hindu Mythology.
The relationships in this book was amazing. First few chapters made me a little bit confuse, maybe because I wasn't used to the language and myth I read this for my Bahasa Indonesia school task and I actually enjoyed it! First few chapters made me a little bit confuse, maybe because I wasn't used to the language and mythology.
But then I've given a few more chapters and I was already so invested to it. Jul 15, Sabio rated it really liked it Shelves: religion. William Buck's condensed versions are delightful.
The Ramayana is about Rama an incarnation of Vishnu. Reading this book would be part of classic education in India but of course not part of Western. Western education gives books that just keep reinforcing each other.
That is why everything seems like "common sense" to those who have not This is the second Epic story from Ancient India -- The Mahabharata being the first.
That is why everything seems like "common sense" to those who have not wandered out of their culture of birth. Take a chance -- look at a different world.
RAMAYANA retold by C. Rajagopalachari Contents
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