Il Rāmāyaṇa, grande poema epico indiano che narra la vicenda di Rāma, eroe generoso e devoto, figlio di re Daśaratha e incarnazione di Viṣṇu, è una parabola di portata estremamente importante e, allo stesso tempo, una travagliata e avventurosa storia di formazione. Lo scopriamo attraverso le parole di R.K. Narayan, che, con grande scioltezza compositiva, ci conduce nelle immense foreste e nelle città affollate di un’India da sogno, mostrandoci la tradizione fondante di un’intera civiltà, con i suoi valori, i suoi dei, le sue consuetudini. Di più, rivelandoci, tra gli altri, il valore e le debolezze di Rāma, l’umanità profonda di cui anche i demoni più terribili sembrano dotati, Narayan traccia una suadente lezione di psicologia universale: la lotta fra il bene e il male, oltre che sulle rive dell’isola di Laṅkā , avviene in qualche zona oscura della coscienza di tutti noi.
- ISBN: 8823524598
- Casa Editrice: Guanda
- Pagine: 224
- Data di uscita: 18-02-2021
I happened to pick up this book when I went to New Delhi for work. I didn't know about Indian mythology at all, because in Europe we read only Greek Mythology at school, but what I've always like about India is that in this country, the animals seem to have equal rights as Man. So, when I picked up
This edition was published specially for Paper boat. This version of Ramayan by R.K. Narayan is excellent introduction to the Indian epic, specially for those who are short on time. Narayan has used Kamban's version for writing this and not Valmiki's version. Having read both versions, I could find
This is one of those really entertaining but makes you want to smack someone. But at least the gods in this version agree with me. It is nice to know that the Bible isn’t the only work that screws women over. The amount of time that men in this epic, who keep telling you they are powerful dudes, blame Leggi tutto
I have very little basis with which to judge this work, as I had hardly any knowledge of Indian mythology, no knowledge whatsoever of this particular epic, and no familiarity even with Narayan. What I can say—considering the original poem’s enormous length—is that this book is both short and readabl Leggi tutto
This review is of the translation by R.K. Narayan. Bleached bones lay where animals had perished, including those of monstrous serpents with jaws open in deadly thirst; into these enormous jaws had rushed (says the poet) elephants desperately seeking shade, all dead and fossilised, the serpent and
his style is flowing and the story is running and rich. i read few versions and i find this one the most satisfying. maybe because is short.
3.5 stars. I couldn't belief that I actually enjoyed it despite being far removed from the cultural context of the work! The moment I ascertained that I was required to read The Ramayana for my World Literature Module in university, I felt frightened and intimidated. I had a strong feeling that I wo Leggi tutto
An interesting shortened version of the Indian epic. It has less lecturing than the Bhagavad Gita and more ethical and moral dimensions to it. I enjoyed it more. It is about Rama, the son of a king in a fictitious kingdom in some forgotten time. He is adored by his family and his people. One day a sa Leggi tutto
Okay, first the consumer warning: THIS IS NOT THE VALMIKI VERSION OF THE RAMAYANA, nor is it the Kamban version, which is referred to on the back cover description. I was insufficiently attentive in the bookstore, when buying the Penguin Classics of this and the Mahabharata. I did not realize that t Leggi tutto
I guess the whole world has heard of blue Rama and his beautiful Sita, but now that I'm actually reading the story, I find their love not as amazing as I thought. In the movie A Little Princess, Sarah was obsessed with the story, and I liked the scenes she imagined. Rama is not as amazing and dashing Leggi tutto
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