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Posted January 17, 2010
This is an excellent edition of one of the world's oldest stories. For first-time Gilgamesh readers I would highly recommend this (Herbert Mason's) version. It is a story of a man who learns what it is to be human when he meets his equal whom becomes his best friend. Death soon separates the two and Gilgamesh must learn about the true transient nature of life as well as loss as he attempts to resurrect his friend. This is probably not a story for the casual reader looking for a good yarn (sorry James Patterson fans) but for those interested in the root beliefs of one of the oldest civilizations on earth as well as the earliest forms that storytelling took, well then Gilgamesh is the essential starting point.
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Posted November 14, 2011
This translation is very readable. I taught it in a ninth grade English class, and the students were motivated to finish it. There are some parts that need to be handled with care--like the temple prostitute--but overall, gives students a glimpse into the world 4,000 years ago. It is a remider that people struggled with similar issues that we do now--fame, death, friendship, love. These themes are timeless.
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Posted November 22, 2013
It was fine, I personally liked the Stephen Mitchell translation better and would recommend it to anyone interested in reading the epic. Not suitable for kidsWas this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted December 20, 2009
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