Gilgamesh: A New English Version
|Rating||:||4.79 (529 Votes)|
|Number of Pages||:||290 Pages|
Be Aware: The Kindle Version Ignores the Poetic Form of the Epic This is a review of the Kindle version of Mitchell's "version" of Gilgamesh, not the "version" itself. I use the term "version" because, as Mitchell himself admits on p. 65, this isn't a translation. What Mitchell's done here is to cobble various English translations together into his own "version" of the epic. And his "version" is exquisite and eminently readable. I've taught it for several years, and I'm always amazed at how students respond so positively to this anc. "The Adventures of Gilgamesh and Enkidu" according to General Breadbasket. I remember in Year 9 literature, our teacher came and whacked down a great pile of photocopies on each of our desks. It was bits and pieces of this story called Gilgamesh, one of the oldest surviving written works around. We were reading the part about the Scorpion Men, I remember, and I thought it was pretty interesting. Since then, I've always been meaning to check it out, and just recently, I picked up this modern version of the Sumerian epic.Gilgamesh is the story . "Beautiful!" according to Frank Perry. I came to this "translation" of Gilgamesh from reading a review in my local newspaper. I had earlier tried to read a more scholarly version, but the frequent "gaps" --- missing parts lost from the original clay tablets --- made reading the classic just too much of a chore. Later David Ferry's fine "translation" came out and I loved it! So seeing that there was a new version by Stephen Mitchell (and another by Derrek Hines) I bought both.What a treasure! The poem sings,
Gilgamesh is considered one of the masterpieces of world literature, but until now there has not been a version that is a superlative literary text in its own right.Acclaimed by critics and scholars, Stephen Mitchell's version allows us to enter an ancient masterpiece as if for the first time, to see how startlingly beautiful, intelligent, and alive it is.
Making love with the priestess awakens Enkidu's consciousness of his true identity as a human being rather than as an animal. Enkidu is taken to the city and to Gilgamesh, who falls in love with him as a soul mate. This wonderful new version of the story of Gilgamesh shows how the story came to achieve literary immortality—not because it is a rare ancient artifact, but because reading it can make people in the here and now feel more completely alive. From Publishers Weekly The acclaimed translator of the Tao Te Ching and the Bhagavad Gita now takes on the oldest book in the world. He conveys the evenhanded generosity of the original poet, who is as sympathetic toward women and monsters—and the whole range of human emotions and