Wednesday, October 1, 2008

"Gilgamesh" By John Gardner and John Maier

This book contains a translation and interpretation of the great epic, Gilgamesh. It was written down upon many stone tablets thousands of years ago in ancient Mesopotamia. It is the tale of the great king Gilgamesh, a mortal beyond all others. It tells of how he met and befriended Enkidu, how the two of them battled against Humbaba in the cedar forest and against the bull of the heavens. I enjoyed reading this epic poem, though most of it was lost. I also enjoyed reading the interpretations of this poem. I give this fantastical epic a five of five stars.

1 comment:

The Librarian said...

Is that a picture of the actual stone tablet? Wow - I thought we had it bad in the old typewriter days ... can you imagine spending major amounts of time and effort carving into a stone tablet and finding you've made a mistake on the last line??!!