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Rama goes to the monkey capital of Kishkendha to seek help in finding Sita, and meets Honuman, the greatest of the monkey heroes. There are two claimants for the monkey throne, Valin and Sugreva; Rama helps Sugreva win the throne, and in return Sugreva promises to help in the search for Sita. The monkey hordes set out in every direction to scour the world, but without succ ...more
Paperback, 696 pages
Published November 25th 2003 by Penguin Global (first published -400)
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رامایانا

رامایانا سروده وال میکی از حماسه های باستانی هندی است، که به ماجرای یکی از پادشاهان افسانه ای هند (راما) می پردازد که بنا به افسانه، تجلّی ایزد ویشنو است. کتاب را می توان به پنج بخش تقسیم کرد: بخش نخست مقدمه کتاب، بخش دوم تولد و کودکی راما، بخش سوم عشق راما و سیتا، دزدیده شدن سیتا توسط راوانای عفریت و باز پس گرفتنش توسط راما، بخش چهارم پادشاهی راما، بخش پنجم مؤخره. از این پنج فصل فقط سه فصل را به طور کامل خواندم. بخش چهارم را که به نوعی جمع کردن ماجرا بود، به طور گذرا خواندم و بخش طولانی
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Ahmad Sharabiani
रामायणम [Rāmāyaṇa] = Ramayana, Vālmīki
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: بیستم ژانویه سال 2008 میلادی
عنوان: رامایانا؛ اثر: والمیکی؛ مترجم: کتایون نمیرانیان؛ تهران، علم، 1386، در 174 ص؛ شابک: 9789644058486؛ موضوع: داستان راما الهه هندی - قرن سوم پیش از میلاد
عنوان: رامایانا - کهنترین حماسه عاشقانه هند؛ بازسروده: مسیح پانی پتی؛ توضیح و تعلیقات: سید عبدالحمید ضیایی؛ سید محمدیونس جعفری؛ دهلی نو، رایزنی فرهنگی، 1387، در 405 ص؛
عنوان: رامایانا - نسخه منظوم؛ سروده: گرد هرداس؛ به اهتمام: عبدالودود اظهردهلوی؛ عبدالحمید
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Corinne
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 book in the bookstore, and read the back cover, I was immediately drawn to the efforts of the monkeys, in collaboration with man, to save a kidnapped woman.

And I was touched by the book's deep wi
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Mahdi Lotfi
Nov 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
رامایانا یا رامایانه به معنای سرگذشت راما از حماسه های بزرگ هندی به زبان سانسکریت است . این داستان از وفاداری های بزرگ که خاص مردم هند است ٬ سخن می گوید.
داستان از آنجا شروع می شود که پادشاه آیودهیا که سلطانی درستکار است ٬ احساس می کند که دوران پیری وی نزدیک می شود و اعلام می کند که می خواهد پسر خود راما را به تخت بنشاند و خود کناره گیری کند اما ملکه جوان کشور از این خبر خشمگین می شود و می خواهد پسر او بهاراتا بر تخت بنشیند وچون پادشاه زمانی به او وعده داده بود که هر چه او بخواهد انجام دهد ٬ به ن
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Robert
Jan 23, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I grew up in India, and learned the story told in the Ramayana and Mahabharata, India's great epics, literally back in first and second grade. The Ramayana, in particular, is the basis for Diwali, one of my favorite Hindu festivals.

I already have an excellent copy of the Mahabharata (although one that I'm sure is utterly out of print) but I never got a full length version of the entire Ramayana while we lived there. So I recently treated myself to one.

The one I selected and am reviewing here is
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الرامايانا

بدأت العام الماضي بقراءة سفر ويل ديورانت الضخم (قصة الحضارة)، وهي تجربة مميزة ربما لا يمر بها أكثرنا إلا مع كتب قليلة جداً، وبما أن السلسلة موزعة على 47 جزءاً في طبعتها العربية، فلذا قراءتها مشروع ضخم، فالسلسلة عبارة عن 25 ألف صفحة مدججة بقرون من الحضارة الإنسانية، حينها تفتق ذهني عن فكرة جعلت المشروع أعقد مما هو، حيث قررت حينها دمج قراءات أخرى مع دوراته الحضارية لجعلها أكثر عمقاً، فعندما اقرأ عن الهند مثلاً، لا أكتفي بما كتبه ديورانت عنها، وإنما أضيف لقراءتي ما توافر لدي من كتب عن تا
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Fatin
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 ...more
Pramod Nair
Mar 06, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Philippe Malzieu
Thanks to Lada who give me the courage to read this monument, this masterpiece.
Lubinka Dimitrova
Ramesh Menon truly deserves high praise for managing to write a retelling of this lengthy classic which is not only readable (not always a given), but actually quite compelling. Although it's quite verbose for my taste, and could tire the reader (especially with these endless descriptions of the battle between Rama's and Ravana's armies), I thoroughly enjoyed the whole book. Indian mythology never fails to mesmerize me, and same goes for Ramesh Menon whose rendering of The Mahabharata got me hoo ...more
Harish Kumar Challapalli
This is considered as one of the TRIO-Epics of Indian culture

The greatest book ever!! This indian historical epic is considered as a LEGEND in the punya bhoomi!! 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 describ
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Daren
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
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Josh
Oct 20, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Some translations value accuracy and fidelity to the original text above all else. They work hard to preserve the meter and rhyme scheme (if any) and stay as close as possible to a word-for-word imitation, even if the result sounds a bit clumsy. I suspect that this book is not one of those translations. Buck is clearly a master storyteller in his own right, and his prose flows so well in English that it's hard to imagine he isn't taking some liberties. I would recommend this book to anyone who w ...more
Sabio
Jul 15, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: religion
This is the second Epic story from Ancient India -- The Mahabharata being the first. William Buck's condensed versions are delightful. The Ramayana is about Rama (an incarnation of Vishnu). The story is famous not only in India but also SE Asia -- even to China. 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 ...more
umberto
Dec 27, 2009 marked it as to-read
Shelves: classics
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.
Helmut
Apr 16, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: india
hare rāma hare rāma, rāma rāma hare hare
Für mich war es immer klar: Wenn möglich, liest man den Volltext. Kurzfassungen, Nacherzählungen - bäh. Wenn etwas unleserlich wird, kann man diese Stellen immer noch selbst überspringen.

Nach dieser Lektüre erkenne ich, dass eine Nacherzählung, oder eine gut gemachte Kurzfassung, schon ihren Zweck haben kann. Das Ramayana ist keineswegs schwer zu lesen, aber es überfließt an Details und vor allem an endlosen Monologen, die im originalen Reim vielleicht ih
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woodshadows
Oh ya.. I had written a nice long review and then I clicked somewhere on my screen and the entire review disintegrated before my very eyes. I meant to get back to it so let's see here..

First off, the translation I was using omitted several passages due to "containing sentiments not popular or proper in our society", I think he means some people had sex, or maybe they worked on sunday or ate bread that was leavened, who knows! obviously something seemed to offend this particular translators ideas
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Ashley
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 would not enjoy it because of its unfamiliarity and because of the fact that I had to step out of my comfort zone and read a book involving wars. The first two chapters of the book was perplexing to me; ...more
Sooraj Subramaniam
It is no doubt a human tale, but there is some sentiment it evokes that I cannot put into words. Some tug just behind the tear-producing glands ...

I found that this telling captured how I'd felt about the Ramayana, having grown up listening to all the stories as part of nightcaps or preludes to evening prayers, living both unashamedly indian and unconfusedly western lives. It was honest and plain, glorious and abundant, rich and telling, and yet so bizarrely mysterious.

I remember the first time
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Monty desai
JAI SHREE RAM JAI SHREE HANUMAN 🙏🙏🙏🙏
ONE OF THE TWO INDIAN EPIC TALES OF GOOD VS EVIL FIERCE BATTLES IN HINDU AND INDIAN GOD HISTORY (MAHABHARATA THE OTHER ONE)
AMAZING BOOK, AMAZING CHARACTERS...
BREATHTAKING GODLY EXPERIENCE..IT DON T MATTER WHAT FAITH ONE FOLLOWS..EVERYONE SHOULD READ THIS HOLY BOOK AT LEAST ONCE..
THIS BOOK WILL CHANGE YOUR LIFE AND VIEWS ABOUT IT...
GOOD ALWAYS WINS OVER EVIL...GOD ALWAYS WINS OVER DEVIL...
LONG LIVE LORD SHREE RAM, SHREE HANUMAN, LAKSHMAN, LORD SUGRIVA, LORD ANG
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PTS Books Club
A brilliant translation of the timeless epic, the Ramayana pervades the country’s moral and cultural consciousness. In her magnificent translation Arshia Sattar has successfully bridged both time and space to make this monumental ancient classic accessible to the present-day reader.

[Arshia Sattar (born 1960), an Indian translator, facilitator, author, and director, obtained her PhD in South Asian Languages and Civilizations from the University of Chicago in 1990.She has also worked with documen
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carlageek
This is the only adaptation of the Ramayana I have read, and so I can't be sure how much of my poor rating is attributable to Buck's adaptation and how much is dissatisfaction with the epic itself. So, I will list the aspects I find lacking, and those better versed than I in the mythology can interpret accordingly.

Although there are a few memorable lines ("Raavana lay like a collection of wrongs") for the most part I find the language cloying, dumbed-down amateur poetry using hackneyed, not terr
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Federico Trejos
Jul 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: spiritual
A transcendental epic tragedy of Divine sorts. A story with as much beauty and poetry as philosophy and truths.each character and situation reflects different things in both the spiritual realm as in our human condition. Decisions, consequences, tragedy, nobility of spirit, height of thought, duty and unflinching righteousness. It is as well a "fantastic" story, with things that can happen only in spiritual manifestations of the spiritual realm, such as flying giant monkeys which think and talk, ...more
Keith Willcock
May 06, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes fun
Anyone who wants to know how the gods and goddesses really live should read this. It's a rollicking tale of romance and intrigue that even after 2000 years of telling seems fresh and current. It's sheer humanity defrocks religious dogma that often seems oppressive, overbearing, and out of touch with the real world of human desires and emotions.

A good time is had by all including the bad guys and girls who, having been resoundingly defeated, just seem happy to have resolved some of their karma as
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Sciosarah
There are a few reasons I am giving this text just two stars. First and foremost among these reasons is for the quality and style of the translation. It is hard for me to believe that a translator could take the liberties that this one has with such an ancient and sacred text, and yet here we are. The translator made the decision to remove tens, if not a hundred or more cantos from this version of the Ramayana, for various reasons, including a personal feeling that certain content was not approp ...more
Dana Al-Basha دانة الباشا
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 as all that, he even cheats on Sita and treats her badly. Another book that encouraged me to read this book (though it wasn't about it) The Tiger's Curse by Colleen Houck, because I was obsessed with
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M
Oct 05, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
While R K Narayan's version was a good intro to the Ramayana, this version has much more of an epic feel. Though the 700 pages are dense, the prose was engrossing and enjoyable, and a great source for learning more about Hinduism.

The author obviously put a lot of passion and devotion into this work (as this story is regarded as scripture to Hindus), and it shows in his descriptions of everything from the forest where Rama and Sita were banished to the gory details of the battle scenes.

Interleave
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Christian
Feb 23, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Sergio Rodríguez
Hi!
I loved the book. The story started up slowly but then after story on Rama's expelled from his father's kingdom things start to warm up. Towards the end on Rama vs Ravana confrontation storyline is very exciting.

During my jr. high school my Universal History teacher thought us about traditional triad on ancient India: Vishnu, Brahma, and Shiva so therefore Ramayana became a book to reading after discovering Rama was an actual Vishnu avatar.

Everything that I heard before about Ramayana is true
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David
Sep 13, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: searchers for truth, lovers of mythology and legend
William Buck has distilled the beautiful essence of the Ramayana, one of India's greatest epics, into a single, compelling volume. This is the story of Prince Rama's dedication to dharma —the responsibilities that fall to him as a result of his status as human and prince— in the face of incredible misfortune. It is also the story of what people are willing to do for those they love (witness Rama's war against the demons of Lanka to recuperate his wife Sita) and the tragic twists that can undermi ...more
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Valmiki is celebrated as the poet harbinger in Sanskrit literature. He is the author of the epic Ramayana, based on the attribution in the text of the epic itself.He is revered as the Adi Kavi, which means First Poet, for he discovered the first śloka i.e. first verse, which set the base and defined the form to Sanskrit poetry. The Yoga Vasistha is attributed to him. A religious movement called Va ...more
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“You cannot count on the physical proximity of someone you love, all the time. A seed that sprouts at the foot of its parent tree remains stunted until it is transplanted. Rama will be in my care, and he will be quite well. But ultimately, he will leave me too. Every human being, when the time comes, has to depart to seek his fulfillment in his own way.” 21 likes
“He lit the night he brought with the fire that puts out the planets when time ends.” 8 likes
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