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Gods, Demons, and Others Paperback – May 15, 1993


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 252 pages
  • Publisher: University Of Chicago Press (May 15, 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0226568253
  • ISBN-13: 978-0226568256
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.6 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #539,675 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By ananth venkatesan on April 22, 2000
Format: Paperback
R.K Narayan is perhaps one of the best known Indo Anglican writers. He is known capture the Indianness of his subject despite of writing in english. In this wonderful little book he tries to narrate some excerpts from Indian mythology. These are chosen from portions of great epics to folk lore tales. Most of these tales are usually naratted by a priest or some story teller in a villlage side temple. Having listened to some of those story telling concerts I would say Narayan's book gives you the same exhiliration and joy you would experience as you listen to a live story teller in a village.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Zekeriyah VINE VOICE on June 1, 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a very nice book in which R.K. Narayan retells various stories and legends from India. The stories range from those of Devi to the demon king Ravana and pretty much everything in between. What makes this particularly nice is Narayan's mastery of the English language. He manages to make these stories understandable and approachable for a western audience, and in doing so has created a wonderful book. Even if you are not familar with the many epics of ancient India, I strongly recommend that you approach this book. It makes it very easy for westerners to understand and appreciate the cultural works of South Asia. Check it out.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By KGS on September 26, 2010
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As with other great story telling traditions, these stories have been retold for generations and are inspiring, righteous and entertaining. Gives you insight on the Indian thought and value system.
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