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very remarkable. truly inspiring. narration is very good ..well done.
the book of a lifetime.
The idea of the Ramayana from the putative villain's point of view was fascinating, and all the reviews were effusive. I feel misled.
This book 'reads' like a fairly competent first draft. It needs editing or a full rewrite. Characters fly into high temper without proportionate provocation. They beat their chests and announce how they feel rather than demonstrate their emotions. Poorly-chosen words spoil effects. There are climaxes with no buildup, changes of heart out of nowhere. Listening rapidly became a chore.
Having Ravana champion a system based on merit while disparaging the emerging caste divisions seemed like an excellent revisionist device. The discussion of the 'heads' of Ravana was a fine answer to the problem of making the demon king an ordinary man. The idea of calling ancient foes asuras fits well with the theme of demonizing one's enemies. But the novel is a shapeless and unsatisfying mess.
It may be suggested that, as an American, I lack the cultural grounding necessary to appreciate this book. But a work of art must succeed or fail on its own merit. If I have to know Henry James's biography to understand 'The Turn of the Screw,' the book has failed.
Contrast 'Asura' with Robert Graves's 'I, Claudius,' for instance. One can read 'I Claudius' with pleasure and understanding without knowing about ancient Rome.
I regret that 'Asura' is a great might-have-been, and that's too bad. I was looking forward to listening to it. I will avoid this author in future.
I love that the story is from the point of view of Ravana and a simple though street wise peasant.
I think if Rama had been truly wise, he would've demanded from the Brahmins that they prove their purity first, before subjecting Sita to the trial by fire.