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Aubrey Menen’s place in the Indian English literary canon has largely been forgotten. Even in the rare, flattering mention, he’s described as a. Books by AUBREY MENEN. THE RAMA YANA. DEAD MAN IN THE SILVER MARKET. THE DUKE OF GALLODORO. THE BACKWARD BRIDE. Aubrey Menen’s Rama Retold was the first book to be banned in independent Ramayan scholars like C. Rajagopalachari dismissed Menen’s.

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This was the only version I could find at my college library, but it has been changed a lot from the original. The characters are all apparently avatars for the various qualities they possess–loyalty, chastity, etc.

Heaven was a place much better than Rome. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. He should sit on his bottom in front of a table equipped with writing materials,” he said. But taken for what it is, it is an exquisitely ramauana and insightful work.

Readers who are new to the Ramayana and want a readable English version might consider William Buck’s retelling. Refresh and try again.

I had to laugh at the reviews objecting about this book being incomplete or unfaithful. Aubrey Menen’s place in the Indian English literary canon has largely been forgotten. Write a customer review. Yes, the title is misleading and inconsiderate. In this I think he is successful and this is what makes this little prose version such a pleasure to read.

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Jul 26, Sheece rated it it was amazing. At his best, Menen is a Socratic gadfly, biting a large and lazy horse in the hiney, getting some much-needed movement. From this point, Valmiki sticks around for the duration of the story, offering long, unwieldy parables Menen’s own inventions, another notable deviation from the source text that force him to unlearn the ideas of morality that were passed on to him by the Brahmins, and question the very exercise of attempting to interpret and decipher the meaning of life itself.


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The reason I picked up this book was that Aubrey Menen, an Irish-Indian satirist, used to live until his death in in Trivandrum, the city where I grew up. She went to Ravana seeing in Luxman’s face that he was preparing to die fighting Ravana’s soldiers. Withoutabox Submit to Film Festivals.

An interesting read for its dated-ness, ramayanx Orientalist hubris.

We must put up with her. Read reviews that mention english version version of the ramayana menen ancient retelling valmiki important satire apparently biting elsewhere entirely faithful hinduism readable reviewers taken versions. Indian outrage hasn’t evolved much over the years, Rama Retold would have received more or less the same reaction had it been published and released in modern India, with a few death threats thrown in for good measure. As such they serve Hinduism as moral exemplars.

Hindus nowadays are very broadminded. I feel the associated problems are complex with determining an approach to the ramxyana and it is justified to a good bit in the story. Sep 18, Emily rated it really liked it.

The Ramayana as Told by Aubrey Menen

Interestingly, it is available here – https: Amazon Drive Cloud storage from Amazon. After the war ended, he returned to London to work with an advertising agen Salvator Aubrey Clarence Menen was born in in London, of Irish and Indian parents.

Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. It is called Rama Retold. In all, I think I like the sub-plots and the obvious rebellion to the religious narratives – however, its just only one of those ramaysna which would not stretch too deep into your minds but leave you with just a smirk!


Not knowing what to do, the sculptor seeks the advice of an older colleague who recommends that he present the village whore to the prince. Luckily for it, he chances upon a hermit who offers to teach him if the locust meben confine himself to eating only four leaves each day. It is in Valmiki’s lengthy, comical philosophical tracts that we see Menen at his stylistic best.

For instance, all the parts about the gods and goddesses are removed from the storyline, making is a fully human story. The lesson he derives is that: Those reviewers simply miss the point; the book is a satirical retelling, questioning elements of the values and world-view of traditional interpretations.

God, human folly, and laughter.

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Sean Hankins rated it it was amazing Apr 16, Hard to miss, but unfortunately, I nev The reason I picked up this book was that Aubrey Menen, an Irish-Indian satirist, used to live until his death in in Trivandrum, the city where I grew up.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Meanwhile, back at the hermitage, a placid cow that the locust used to berate as being lazy and stupid, continues to peacefully eat and live, untroubled by false pretenses about herself. Retrieved from ” https: Please try again later.

A retelling of the Ramayana by someone with nothing but contempt for Indian society. Alexa Actionable Analytics for the Web. Jan 16, Krishna rated it liked it. When World War II broke out, he was in India, where he organized pro-Allied radio broadcasts and edited film scripts for the Indian government.