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Gods, Demons, and Others by R.K. Narayan
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Jan 20, 2009

really liked it
Read in January, 2009

Narayan sticks to what he set out to do in this book, and succeeds admirably. This is a collection of some of the more interesting tales from Hindu mythology, with the focus on the spiritual rather than the physical. There are of course great tales of heroic feats but the recurring theme is men and women of priestly and warrior classes who go through extreme physical hardships to attain spiritual awakening and a higher plane of existence.

In the tales of some of the more famous characters, such as the Pandavas and Rama and Sita, you get a sense of great and terrible events rushing by, but always the focus is on the characters themselves, and not the plot--although Narayan gives enough detail to make you understand it.

This was a good precursor to Narayan's The Mahabharata and The Ramayana--I'll be tackling those next.
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