Gilgameshby John Gardner
The story of Gilgamesh, an ancient epic poem written on clay tablets in a cuneiform alphabet, is as fascinating and moving as it is crucial to our ability to fathom the time and the place in which it was written. Gardner's version restores the poetry of the text and the lyricism that is lost in the earlier, almost scientific renderings. The principal theme of the poem is a familiar one: man's persistent and hopeless quest for immortality. It tells of the heroic exploits of an ancient ruler of the walled city of Uruk named Gilgamesh. Included in its story is an account of the Flood that predates the Biblical version by centuries. Gilgamesh and his companion, a wild man of the woods named Enkidu, fight monsters and demonic powers in search of honor and lasting fame. When Enkidu is put to death by the vengeful goddess Ishtar, Gilgamesh travels to the underworld to find an answer to his grief and confront the question of mortality.
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William L. Moran, The New York Times Book Review
"The authors brilliantly achieve the goal of infusing the poem with new life and meaning for the modern reader"
Ronald Bailey, Newsday
"A moving and exceptionally readable version of the poem."
Aaron Shurin, The San Francisco Chronicle
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While it was an exemplary novel, it should not be read by children with insufficient vocabulary or insufficient reading skills. I reccomend this book to scholars and people with a large intellect only. For the record I am thirteen, and I am the only one at my school, including teachers, who could read the entire novel in a single week and understand it. I still had some trouble with comprehension, however