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The Indian Epics Retold: The Ramayana, The Mahabharata, Gods Demons and Others Paperback – December 31, 2000

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ 0140255648
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Penguin Books (December 31, 2000)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 630 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 9780140255645
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0140255645
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1.17 pounds
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 7.99 x 10 x 1.85 inches
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Emma Gurhy
5.0 out of 5 stars Accessible interpretation that maintains the essence of the originals
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Sagnik Jana
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing introduction to the corpus of Indian literature
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Sagnik Jana
5.0 out of 5 stars An amazing introduction to the corpus of Indian literature
Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on April 5, 2022
R. K. Narayan does an impartial job at not just selecting the literature of North India, but also that of South India, abridging them in his own wry style while preserving the humour and pathos of the original. The simplicity of style does not betray the complexity of the texts he deals with. The pages are thick and can the font size big and easily readable without straining the eyes.

Furthermore, this copy is incredibly cheap, because separate editions of Narayan's Mahabharata and Ramayana cost around 400. Here, however, both the epics and more are available at around 450.

Overall, this omnibus is highly recommended if one is looking for a gateway, an INTRODUCTION into Indian literature, with one of the best writers India has ever produced as their guide, or a comfortable revision of some of the most influential texts in the history of Indian literature.
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Mrinalini
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful re telling of our greatest epics
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3.0 out of 5 stars The Indian Epics Retold!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Must Have.Interesting Read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Must Have.Interesting Read.
Reviewed in India 🇮🇳 on June 17, 2020
Must Read.This book is good for both Kids and Adult. Narration style is very simple and easy to understand.Must have in collection of every reader.

Book and Print quality is very Good.
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