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Gilgamesh (A New English Version by Stephen Mitchell)

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Gilgamesh is Great!

The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the oldest pieces of literature on Earth along with the Upanishads, and various Chinese and Egyptian stories. This version of the epic is clear and rings to the unexperienced reader. This is one of the greatest feats of writing.

posted by Anonymous on November 19, 2007

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9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

Avoid the eBook edition at all costs

This version of Gilgamesh is wonderful. The author starts with a lengthy introduction to the poem. What follows is the text and then extensive footnotes. The problem is that the ebook edition is just awful. The line breaks of the poem have been removed so it displays as...
This version of Gilgamesh is wonderful. The author starts with a lengthy introduction to the poem. What follows is the text and then extensive footnotes. The problem is that the ebook edition is just awful. The line breaks of the poem have been removed so it displays as prose paragraphs instead of lines of verse, thus destroying much of the author's hard work. He says in the introduction "once my prose version was completed, I began the real work, of raising the language to the level of English verse." So much for all that hard work :(. The other problem is the footnotes. Although there are 58 pages of footnotes in the book, there are no footnote marks in the text itself, so you don't realize there's a footnote about the text as you're reading it. The footnotes refer to the applicable page, so the only way to connect the note to the text is to read the entire page and try to figure out which passage applies. Skip the eBook edition and get the paper one.

posted by Dave63 on June 23, 2011

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2007

    Gilgamesh is Great!

    The Epic of Gilgamesh is one of the oldest pieces of literature on Earth along with the Upanishads, and various Chinese and Egyptian stories. This version of the epic is clear and rings to the unexperienced reader. This is one of the greatest feats of writing.

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 17, 2012

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    The Definitive Stylistic Version

    It's astonish to read this book and then read the Old Testament and see how much the Bible stole from it. Stephen Mitchell's version is probably the best, though I would also suggest Herbert Mason's much shorter version.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2005

    ONE OF THE GREATEST POETRY BOOKS EVER

    this book is one of the best ever

    1 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 22, 2013

    I wish my high school had assigned this one instead of the Mason

    I wish my high school had assigned this one instead of the Mason version. I like this one a lot more

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  • Posted November 7, 2012

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    Gilgamesh by Stephen Mitchell A great read, one that I had to re

    Gilgamesh by Stephen Mitchell
    A great read, one that I had to read for class, But will say that I enjoyed reading the epic classic of Gilgamesh and Enkidu, reading about their friendship, about them being brothers. Enkidu was went to to bring down Gilgamesh because he was getting out of hand with the town folks. The villagers wanted Gilgamesh to stop, stop taking what is not his, so they sent Enkidu who is his equal and will become his friend his best friend and become his brother. When they come together they are one they balance each other out, they are their for one another, help each other out. Together they take down someone but at a cost, they upset the GODS who in return take something very dear away. This leaves a void for Gilgamesh, he is lost without his friend, he can't deal with the loss and wants to know how to overcome, how to deal with DEATH.

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  • Posted May 16, 2012

    Confirms the story of Noah and the flood

    Excellently well written, only reference to the flood outside of the Bible, found in Chapter 11. Defines date of the flood to be somewhere before 2700 BCE.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 30, 2012

    Go gilgamesh!!

    I luv mesopotamia and its myths. My fave god is humbaba even thogh he is evil.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 15, 2012

    highly recommended

    Awesome,granddaddy of all self discovery tales,Gilgamesh the man who plunged the the deep for lifes deeper meaning!!!!!

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