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The Epic of Gilgamesh

McCaughrean, Geraldine

(Book - 2003)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The Epic of Gilgamesh
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A retelling, based on seventh-century B.C. Assyrian clay tablets, of the wanderings and adventures of the god king, Gilgamesh, who ruled in ancient Mesopotamia (now Iraq) in about 2700 B.C., and of his faithful companion, Enkidu.
Publisher: Grand Rapids, Mich. : Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, c2003
ISBN: 0802852629
Branch Call Number: j 398.21 M123e 2003
Characteristics: 95 p. :,ill. ;,27 cm
Additional Contributors: Parkins, David Illustrator
Alternate Title: Gilgamesh the hero

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A retelling, based on seventh-century B.C. Assyrian clay tablets, of the wanderings and adventures of the god king, Gilgamesh, who ruled in ancient Mesopotamia (now Iraq) in about 2700 B.C., and of his faithful companion, Enkidu.

A retelling, based on seventh-century B.C. Assyrian clay tablets, of the wanderings and adventures of the god king, Gilgamesh, who ruled in ancient Mesopotamia (now Iraq) in about 2700 B.C., and of his faithful companion, Enkidu.

A retelling, based on seventh-century B.C. Assyrian clay tablets, of the wanderings and adventures of the god king, Gilgamesh, who ruled in ancient Mesopotamia (now Iraq) in about 2700 B.C., and of his faithful companion, Enkidu.


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Dec 03, 2014
  • FindingJane rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This interpretation of King Gilgamesh’s epic journey to become immortal is filled with riveting action and heart-wrenching feeling. The farther he goes from his kingdom, the less of a king he becomes until no one, not even himself, recognizes the man he used to be.

Gilgamesh starts off as being young and foolish but gradually gains wisdom on his travels. But it is the story of his deep and abiding love for his friend Enkidu that provides the impetus for his trek and this emotion shines above all else. Reminding this reader of the close ties between such legendary lovers as Achilles and Patroclus, Damon and Pythias, Phaeton and Cygnus, et al., the fondness between these two men (which starts with a violent hand-to-hand brawl) is truly moving, displayed in the care they show each other and Gilgamesh’s uncontrolled grief when Enkidu dies. You can’t help but be profoundly saddened at Enkidu’s death, seeing as how Gilgamesh is nearly destroyed by it.

The illustrations are aptly suited to the story, recalling ancient Sumerian carvings. They are rough and powerful with their black outlines and heavily defined musculature. Bright color is spare in its use and so all the more startling when it appears.

“Gilgamesh the Hero” is a profound lesson and a rip-roaring adventure that still resonates with its power even thousands of years after it was first recorded.

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