Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Ramayana” as Want to Read:
The Ramayana
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

The Ramayana

3.7  ·  Rating Details ·  415 Ratings  ·  67 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, Naraya ...more
ebook, 192 pages
Published August 29th 2006 by Penguin Group (USA)
More Details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Ramayana, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Ramayana

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  Rating Details
Chris


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 women for everything is just maddening. Even Sita who couldn’t be raped because Ravena can’t force her has to prove her virtue.
Hello.
Yeah, yeah, I know it was before feminism. I get it. But I am a
...more
Derek
Mar 31, 2017 Derek rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An incredibly pleasant read, with some interesting additional apologetic work by the translator that adds value to the criticism and understanding of the "original" text (such as Sita's immolation and his murder of Vali).

This version is barebones, but with enough meat to really provide a great framework for diving into a deeper, lengthier version of the text, provided an English reader such as myself can find one. If anything, this text reminds me how absurdly complex and rich this culture is a
...more
Aria
Feb 16, 2017 Aria rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review can also be found on Snow White Hates Apples.

After I’ve finished reading this book, I’m certain that mythology, fairy tales, folklore, legends and such all share common notions no matter which culture they are part of. In The Ramayana: A Shortened Modern Prose Version of the Indian Epic (which I will shorten to ‘ The Ramayana ' from here onward), is a tale both familiar and unknown to me. Although the Indians are ‘one of the three main races’ in my country, I’ve never really ventur
...more
Sanum
Feb 09, 2009 Sanum rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love this book so far, The 4 stories told in the first chapter are really good stories! I think a good proverb for all 4 stories can be "We do sins to realize we are right in the end”, or "Everyone has a good and a bad side, people just see one side of the story”. I think this because the stories have a bad guy, that was a good guy before, but they had a reason to do what they did, for example in Ahalya’s story, Indra can be taken as the bad guy since he cloned himself to make love to Ahalya, ...more
Haewon
Feb 11, 2009 Haewon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Pgao
Mar 11, 2009 Pgao rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The great epic poem translated by R.K. Rarayan. Hanuman and Lakshmana are my favorite characters. Hanuman devoted himself into helping Rama, he worried about things bother Rama, he gave Rama advices, and he even got angry because the “fake” Sita he saw. One thing I don’t get is that why Hanuman hid his gigantic physical feature, when he sneaked into Lanka, it was rational to hide his gigantic physical feature. But when he informed Bharata about Rama’s return, why did he transform to a young Bra ...more
Jenevieve
Jul 03, 2015 Jenevieve rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle-books, school
Review first published on My Blog.

Originally written in Sanskrit in the 4th century by Valmiki, there have been countless versions written since. Narayan drew on the work of the 11th century version written by Kamban to write a piece that was shorter and more accessible since the original is over 1000 verses long. The Ramayana is an epic tale known to almost everyone in India.

Rama was a prince and when his father felt it was time to retire and enjoy what remained of his life, he chose Rama to su
...more
Xing
Feb 11, 2009 Xing rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In this epic poem, the Rama was the main character. Rama’s mission was to destroy Ravana. Rama was well known by his greatness and powerful strength. He was my favor character because even thought he was powerful, but he wasn’t full of hubris. Also when he made mistake, he didn’t feel ashamed to let other people know. When he noticed his mistake, he corrected himself. He gave advice to other people which came from the mistake he made.
“Even when you realize that the one before you is an enemy
...more
Ling
Feb 09, 2009 Ling rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is impressive.
To be honest, Rama is not my favorite character in the book, even though he was perfect. He had the respect of people, loyalty of brothers, the apple of his father and mothers' eye, and the good physical appearence; he was the symbol of justice, kind, forgiveness, well-temper, caring, and humanity. However, somehow his perfect personality was his shortcoming.
Rama was filial that made him accepted to exile without considering his relatives who loved him and people. This w
...more
Robert
Feb 14, 2010 Robert rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Cynthia
Mar 15, 2009 Cynthia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Svitlana
Feb 06, 2009 Svitlana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in Indian culture
Recommended to Svitlana by: Mr. Carson
GREAT EPIC POEM!!!!!!! This book contained so much insights on what Hindu religion and customs are all about. We can trace back its origins thousands of years ago. This poem has showed me that even the most powerful Gods have weaknesses which may cause major distractions within their and human worlds. Rama is considered one of the strongest Gods, yet his heart is fragile. Love can be the best thing that has ever happened to you. This book made me realize that love can make us suffer, do crazy th ...more
Mandy
Feb 09, 2009 Mandy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Mr.Carson
I actually like this book after I read furthur into it. In this book, I found many hubris moments and peoples, and of course mandy vioce of reasons. There are also filial love. An example in the story of hubris is Ravana, the demon god. He is always full of hubris all the time even before he was beaten by Rama. Ravana acts like he could beat Rama after his uncle and his sister is disqualified in life. He is even full of hubris when Vibishana told him that he might be beaten by a human, taken ove ...more
Jamie
Mar 25, 2009 Jamie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was so interesting, it gave me a real sense of the Hindu religion. The one thing that did confuse me about this book was the over dose of characters, it was a little bit overwhelming. While reading this book i found it helpful to make a story chart for the characters so i could keep track of who's who. As in most old stories women are not as shown as intellegent as the men or even as import. The reason i thought this was at the very beginning when Rama was a god in the heavens who wan ...more
Roxanne
The Ramayana book was very intriguing. At first i didn't understand it, or maybe just wasn't giving the book a chance because it was boring and lacked entertainment at the moment, but later on that l changed. I never became so interested in a religion like that before bushido. Bushido means the way of the samurai, and is still praticed till this day, but mostly in Japan. It just made me feel like I was in the book, I could visulaize the images and the chracters, like it was all happening at tha ...more
Sarah
Mar 04, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Everyone
Recommended to Sarah by: Mr. Carson, my teacher
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Sarazeen Saif

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 accessib

...more
Seamus
Feb 12, 2009 Seamus added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Seamus by: Lanier Carson
2/21/09-The thing i like about the epic is how viswamithra tells stories about Thataka, and when he finishes telling the story she shows up and Rama begins his journey to becoming a god by killing her.

2/24/09-respect of women in this epic
1.)Young boys treat women as if they would treat their mothers.
2.)Rama could not kill or harm a woman-thataka
3.)women are considered beautiful
Othering of Women
1.)Men may have more than one wife-lessens their value
2.)Women are not supposed to go outside. t
...more
Oscar
Mar 08, 2009 Oscar rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I like this book but the ending killed it for me. The reason is that it's far too predictable and happy. I know it's an Epic poem but still at the end of king arthur he at least ended up hurt and almost dead. But in the Ramayana Rama ended up king with all evil destroyed I just dont enjoy such happy endings unless its an EXTREMELY good story (like Inkheart, Inkspell and Inkdeath). This book is a great guide to how men should live behave and think which I like this because I found my self to be s ...more
Jacob
Feb 25, 2009 Jacob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This India epic poem was a really interesting read. The epic poem talked about the life of the main character Rama and his life from royalty to low class and how he goes back to be king. Rama went threw many adventures and from begging to end he was always caught up in something. Rama was a very a very ambiguous man in the fact that he was very loving to his wife but then he was very powerful and strong aginst his enemies. Rama was also a very humble character. This book discusses many tradition ...more
Yomiuri
Feb 06, 2009 Yomiuri rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Rosemarie
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Aziza
Mar 05, 2009 Aziza rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
After reading Ramayana I have learn so many things about India. Also doing the project about Ramayana had helped me a lot. In one way I found that interesting because we went to some Indian place and interview lot of people. For example, if they like living in this country or India. Do they believe in Rama their god? My favorite character in the book Ramayana is Sita because from my point of view I think she is very nice and sweet. The character that I hate most is Ravana, I think his very evil. ...more
Daha0wils0n
This book was awesome, because it is kind of similar to some of the Chinese series or daramas. The reason is that there are some dramas about the dynasties, and those daramas mostly talk about the relationship between the king is getting old, but the bad thing was that the king have numerous wives, which is called hubris. And some of these wives might want to have higher rank or power, so they want their own son to be king. These is just like Dasaratha is getting old, but one of his wife named K ...more
Kevinbang
Mar 26, 2010 Kevinbang rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ramayana is an epic poem. The main character(Rama)gives us many morals about human being. Rama is an incarnation form of vishnu to kill the demons. Rama had a great father named Dasaratha, and he made an mistake to exile Rama for fourteen years. Rama did not rebel, but obeyed. This shows how people have to respect their parents. I read this book from my school, and I also went to trip to Indian neighborhood to experience more about Indian culture. I found out that most Indian(Hindu) read "T ...more
Shenshen
Feb 13, 2009 Shenshen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ramayana is the first modern version of a India epic poem that I ever read. Before this book, I never liked poems. You might spend hours on one short poem and you didn't understand half of it. But this book is not the same. Maybe because that it's a modern version, or because it's a story poem, I like it very much. I do like to read books that are fiction, but this is not what I meant. What I meant was this book showed me many Indian cultures. It helped me learn more about the Indian religio ...more
Kayla
Mar 04, 2009 Kayla rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked this book because it taught me about a different kind of people and their beliefs. I liked the stories about the gods because they were interesting and I learned that behind every superior in any religion is a story about how they became a superior. I didn't give it five stars because at times it did get less interesting but I gave it three stars because even though it did get a little boring there were parts that got me very interested and connected to the book.
Calvin
Apr 18, 2010 Calvin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Amity
Jun 01, 2011 Amity rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed reading this book! It has adventure and love as well as allowing you to glimpse the base and values of a culture other than your own (if you are not from India). I loved the vivid pictures it brought to mind and would recommend this to anyone looking for a good read. I will warn you, however, if you are not good with Indian names it may take a little time to get used to each character and keep them in order. Of you like this one you should check out the Mahabharata.
Laureen
Feb 28, 2009 Laureen rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Ramayana epic poem by R.K Narayan is a very confusing poem in my opinion. However, when I reread this epic poem I've figured that it was about the Indian culture. India beliefs are very interesting because as in this book characters become reincarnated. Rama the reincarnated of Vishnu was able to experience life again, in a different perspective. In epic poem, holds many varieties of India, such as culture, beliefs, histories and other things that make India the way it is.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Double Entry Journal 1 18 Mar 21, 2009 02:44PM  
1305302
R. K. Narayan is among the best known and most widely read Indian novelists who wrote in English.

R.K. Narayan was born in Madras, South India, in 1906, and educated there and at Maharaja's College in Mysore. His first novel, Swami and Friends and its successor, The Bachelor of Arts, are both set in the enchanting fictional territory of Malgudi and are only two out of the twelve novels he based the
...more
More about R.K. Narayan...

Share This Book



No trivia or quizzes yet. Add some now »