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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Atria Books; 1 edition (Feb. 1 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0743261690
  • ISBN-13: 978-0743261692
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #70,293 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. A. Scharf on Jan. 2 2010
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The best retelling of the Gilgamesh epic I've come across; my son was assigned this story for a Grade 10 English project so we checked out a number of print and internet versions. Mitchell's was immediately a hit.

Excellent and very detailed Introduction and Notes, and the epic itself flows along "like poetry", to quote my son. Well done, Stephen Mitchell! A pleasure to read.

Note to parents - this is not the "cleaned up" version you've come across in kids' history books (the brief retelling in Bauer's Story of the World comes to mind), but the full frontal version chock full of sex and violence. Tastefully done, but it's all in there. May want to preview if buying this for a younger teen, just so you're ready for discussion time, LOL.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Patterson on March 15 2013
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Mitchell has reconstructed the ancient fragments of a wonderful myth, and has done so in modern, highly readable language. It is both poetry and compelling narrative. Helpful endnotes explain how the author made sense of the several scholarly attempts to revive an ancient tale from Babylonian and Sumerian clay tablets. Magnificent.
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I thought it read clearly and flowed magnificently, perfect for someone just starting out with the epic.

I found the end notes to be a great addendum that explained some concepts better. For instance, a clearer explanation on the ark Utnapishtim was told to build.
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By md on March 6 2014
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Ready to read, short story book, interesting in a way too. I breezed through very fast in a day or two I think.
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