A Verse Narrative

eBook - 2003
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Herbert Mason's best-selling Gilgamesh is the most widely read and enduring interpretation of this ancient Babylonian epic. One of the oldest and most universal stories known in literature, the epic of Gilgamesh presents the grand, timeless themes of love and death, loss and reparations within the stirring tale of a hero-king and his doomed friend. A finalist for the National Book Award, Mason's retelling is at once a triumph of scholarship, a masterpiece of style, and a labor of love that grew out of the poet's long affinity with the original.
Publisher: Boston : Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2003
ISBN: 9780547526607
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1 online resource (128 pages)
Call Number: eBook


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Nov 10, 2013

Predating the bible and perhaps most liturature this is an outstanding illustraion of perhaps 5000 year old poetry, search for meaning, life, purpose and compassion. How man has basically stayed in the same emotional mix for so many centuries. Easy reading, lots of references and relevant since one can see where our religions may originate --- sort of a mini-Northrup Frye book....on mythology. Another of this same type of genre (ie: archaic writings re-tranlated), is Paulo Coelho's, 'manuscrpt found in Accra'. As Accra is under seige by French Crusaders July 14, 1099 and about to fall, a Copt answers questions on such topics as elegance, success, loyalty, and about 2 dozen other topics, a very fond read.

Oct 21, 2013

Herbert Mason's Gilgamesh is simply a masterpiece. It is easy to read and flows well. This should be recommended reading, since it deals with the age-old questions and the search for meaning of life. The true meaning of friendship is ilustrated. The story of the flood is reminiscent of the Biblical flood. It seems that each major story line is based or related to a precedent. The notes and comments at the end were most helpful. I read this work 3 times. Seelochan Beharry


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