by Kamala Subramaniam. 695 pages. Edition 2003.
The Râmâyana is, along with the Mahâbhârata, the other great Indian epic. The noble Râma, incarnation of Vishnu and husband of Sîtâ, is the heir to the solar dynasty. A palace intrigue will push this ideal couple to exile, then to separation... Will Rama, helped by an army of monkeys and bears, snatch his beloved from the clutches of the demons? If honor, justice and destiny are central, they often give way to conjugal or fraternal love, to friendship, to the delight of nature. Moments of pure tragedy are followed by lyrical flights of fancy, even burlesque episodes.