The Forest of Enchantments

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Pub Date 24 Aug 2021 | Archive Date 14 Sep 2021
Harper 360, HarperCollins India

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The Ramayana, one of the world's greatest epics, is also a tragic love story. In this brilliant retelling, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni places Sita at the centre of the novel: this is Sita's version. The Forest of Enchantments is also a very human story of some of the other women in the epic, often misunderstood and relegated to the margins: Kaikeyi, Surpanakha, Mandodari. A powerful comment on duty, betrayal, infidelity and honour, it is also about women's struggle to retain autonomy in a world that privileges men, as Chitra transforms an ancient story into a gripping, contemporary battle of wills. While the Ramayana resonates even today, she makes it more relevant than ever, in the underlying questions in the novel: How should women be treated by their loved ones? What are their rights in a relationship? When does a woman need to stand up and say, 'Enough!'

The Ramayana, one of the world's greatest epics, is also a tragic love story. In this brilliant retelling, Chitra Banerjee Divakaruni places Sita at the centre of the novel: this is Sita's version...


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This is a timeless tale of a love story from Indian mythology. The imagery and world building was superb. The narrative was well paced and beautifully written.

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For someone who has read Ramayan, I was really excited to read Divakaruni's "The Forest of Enchantments". I liked the author's writing style and also how she gave her version of the story featuring Sita. Brilliantly executed.

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I loved this book. I love reading books about India and I love that there are so many more of them out there now. This is a retelling of Ramayan and having watched it when I was younger brought about nostalgia. I liked that this was told from Sita's perspective whereas all stories are usually told from Ram's perspective.

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Thank you so much for the chance to read this book! Growing up in North America, I have often found myself incredibly interested in learning more about other cultures, especially their religions and the gods/goddesses within each culture. This fantastic retelling has me convinced to read the original source material, and has me hungry for more. A story of womanhood and endurance, this is a memorable tale sure to inspire more readers to experience this story for themselves!

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