The Last Quest of Gilgamesh

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In his final quest, Gilgamesh, still mourning the death of his dear friend Enkidu, sets out to find the key to immortality. His journey is perilous. He must fight ferocious serpents and wild lions. He travels through bitterly cold caves, across scorching deserts, and over the fatal waters of the Sea of Death. Finally he arrives at the palace of Utnapishtim, the only human who knows the secret of immortality. Utnapishtim sets Gilgamesh a test to stay away for six days and seven nights, but Gilgamesh fails. His ...
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Overview

In his final quest, Gilgamesh, still mourning the death of his dear friend Enkidu, sets out to find the key to immortality. His journey is perilous. He must fight ferocious serpents and wild lions. He travels through bitterly cold caves, across scorching deserts, and over the fatal waters of the Sea of Death. Finally he arrives at the palace of Utnapishtim, the only human who knows the secret of immortality. Utnapishtim sets Gilgamesh a test to stay away for six days and seven nights, but Gilgamesh fails. His last hope, a flower of eternal youth, is eaten by the goddess Ishtar, who exacts her revenge. Finally, Enkidu comes from the underworld to show Gilgamesh true immortality: the king will be remembered for his good deeds, courage, and love for his people.
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The Gilgamesh Trilogy:

“A powerful version of the Gilgamesh epic…a stirring and sad tale.”
The New Yorker

Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
For those who love sagas, myths, and epic stories, this triumvirate is a must. Zeman has produced a spectacularly illustrated three volume picture book series of one of the oldest know stories. It begins with Gilgamesh the King in the ancient city of Uruk. Gilgamesh is a tyrant who is changed through his friendship with Enkidu and the beautiful Shamhat. When she is killed by the monster Humbaba, the two friends set out to avenge her death in The Revenge of Ishtar. After slaying the monster, Ishtar claims she had helped and asks Gilgamesh to become her husband. He rejects her and she wreaks havoc on the city of Uruk. Unable to kill Gilgamesh, she takes her revenge by bringing on a fatal illness to his beloved friend Enkidu. In the third and final volume, The Last Quest of Gilgamesh, the King sets out to find the secret of immortality. Zeman has undertaken extensive research to recreate the Mesopotamian world of Gilgamesh.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780887763809
  • Publisher: Tundra
  • Publication date: 4/28/1998
  • Series: Gilgamesh Trilogy Series
  • Edition description: Reprinted Edition
  • Pages: 24
  • Sales rank: 793,726
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.39 (w) x 8.24 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Ludmila Zeman was born in the former Czechoslovakia and immigrated to Canada in 1984. She has taught art in Vancouver, created animated sequences for Sesame Street and, with her husband, made the film Lord of the Sky, an award-winning animated short. Her epic Gilgamesh trilogy won numerous awards. Her book, The First Red Maple Leaf, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Illustration.
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