Sita's Ramayana

Arni, Samhita

Book - 2011
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Sita's Ramayana
This version of the The Ramayana is told from the perspective of Sita, the queen. It is an allegorical story that contains important Hindu teachings, and it has had great influence on Indian life and culture over the centuries.

Publisher: Toronto ; Berkeley, CA : Groundwood Books/House of Anansi Press, 2011
ISBN: 155498145X
Branch Call Number: ygn 294.5922 ARNI 2011
Characteristics: 152 p. :,chiefly col. ill. ;,25 cm
Alternate Title: Ramayana


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"The 3,000-year-old Sanskrit epic poem Ramayana, which provides role models for both boys and girls in India, is interpreted here with gorgeous, vibrant illustrations in the style of Patua scroll paintings that are often oriented on the page in comic-book-like arrangements." Booklist

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Jan 31, 2015
  • skyekilaen rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Oh wow, how can I describe this book? As you could probably guess from the title, it's the Hindu epic Ramayana told from Sita's point of view. Sita is the wife of Rama, and she's kidnapped by a king who wants to marry her. This leads to a great war, of course, because great epic stories are often about that. This epic, though, seen through Sita's eyes, is much more about the toll on human relationships of corruption and war. There's a great essay in the back of the book that explains this much better than I could.

It's unlike most comics I'm used to - and not just the art style! There's heavy use of long voiceover narration boxes instead of dialogue boxes. There are so many different page layouts, and such interesting use of text boxes to draw the reader from panel to panel. I keep flipping back through it now that I've read the story, just to admire how the pages are put together.

Nov 20, 2013
  • mclarjh rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The story is told from a female-character's perspective, but hardly a feminist story. The illustrations are colourful, but static and childish. The book is considered "juvenile fiction" by LAC CIP, why the OPL categorizes it as adult is beyond me.

Feb 21, 2012
  • mogie rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

The images are beautiful. I'm not used to reading graphic novels and found it confusing on occasion

Dec 18, 2011
  • xod_s rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Great art and story.The back explains about the history and re-tellings of this legend.


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