Gilgamesh: A New English Version (book review)
The retelling of the Epic of Gilgamesh is fantastic.
For people who do not realize, the Epic of Gilgamesh is the oldest mythological stories uncovered (at least to my knowledge). Many historians believe that the flood in this is the original story that is rewritten in the Bible, as it predates the Bible’s authors by thousands of years.
That being said, very little of the Epic is readable, they have only been able to put together a portion of the story, and the majority is still missing. So Mr. Mitchell’s interpretation of the story is subject to a lot of author input. Other authors with other translations have had the story feel different, so that is just something to be aware.
That being said, Mr. Mitchell takes the limited prose of the story available and places it into a very cohesive version. He fills in some of the cracks for readability/understandability. This is a much better layperson version then the story as it was written in my college textbooks.
If you like mythology and like to read something that isn’t Greek or Roman, this is the one you want to start with. It has everything, murder, sex, quests, all of it is here.
Just read it.