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Gilgamesh, roi d'Ourouk (Gilgamesh #1)

3.63 of 5 stars 3.63  ·  rating details  ·  363 ratings  ·  25 reviews
"Je suis celui que vous nommez Gilgamesh. Je suis le pèlerin de toutes les routes du Pays et d'au-delà le Pays. Je suis celui à qui toutes choses ont été révélées, vérités dissimulées, mystères de la vie et de la mort, et de la mort surtout. J'ai connu Inanna dans le lit du Mariage sacré; j'ai terrassé des démons et je me suis entretenu avec les dieux; je suis dieu moi-mêm ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 475 pages
Published October 11th 2000 by Gallimard (first published 1984)
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Joseph
This is a very well written, and while I have a few minor quibbles, little of them have to do with the writing or the story itself. This is an adaptation of the story of Gilgamesh, perhaps the oldest narrative in existence. It also attempts to de-mythologize the events of the epic, and place it firmly in a realistic milieu. I find this both to be a strength and a weakness. All events can be explained rationally, but the book does a very good job of depicting some of the cultural beliefs of the S ...more
Erik Graff
Feb 20, 2012 Erik Graff rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tom Miley
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: literature
I brought this book along for the plane trip from Chicago to San Francisco as a gift for my host (and former roommate) Tom Miley and his wife. It is a modern retelling of the Gilgamesh story and not, in my opinion, especially insightful as regards the milieux of the original. The focus is more on the character of the protagonist.
Claude Lalumière
Despite the mythic scope, this novel feels profoundly intimate. Gilgamesh, as a character, comes across as yearning itself mythologized to epic and primordial proportions.
Samuli
(Finnish edition, Vaskikirjat 2008)
Käännös vaikutti toimivalta. Ihmiskunnan vanhin säilynyt tarina soljui vaivattomasti eteenpäin.

Kirjailija oli tehnyt hyvää työtä siirtäessään vanhan legendarunoelman modernimpaan formaattiin. Tunnelma ei kärsinyt, vaikka eeposta ei lukenutkaan rasvalampun valossa savitauluilta, ja jotkut kerrontaratkaisut oli tehty niin, että tarinaa pystyi tulkitsemaan sekä myyttinä, että realistisemmista näkökohdista käsin.

Vain toinen Sumerilaisista suosikkijumaluuksista/-sa
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Julie Davis
Based on my podcast's featuring the Epic of Gilgamesh recently, Jesse from SFFaudio offered me this audiobook review copy. I have only listened to the first hour or so but it is interesting thus far. It may help that I have the bare bones of the Gilgamesh epic in mind. Again, I am put in mind of the Mary Stewart Merlin trilogy or the Mary Renault stories in the old style of story telling. The reading is very good so far and that is, naturally, a big plus.

Update:
I am really enjoying this tale, wh
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Nicolas
J'ai lu ce livre essentiellement parce que ma fille semble devoir étudier cette oeuvre l'année prochaine ... Mais j'y reviendrai.
Il raconte donc la vie de Gilgamesh, devenu roi d'Uruk à la suite d'une habile machination d'un royaume ambitionnant de prendre de la place d'Uruk (première ville du monde à l'époque, semble-t-il). Il devient donc roi, dans une ville dominée principalement par la déesse de la Lune et sa déesse ... avec laquelle il a des relations amoureuses sacrées faciles, mais person
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Eija
Mielenkiintoista oli tutustua ihmiskunnan vanhimpaan taruun ymmärrettävässä muodossa, vaikka tekstissä on luonnollisesti kirjailijan omiakin näkemyksiä. Koko taruun ei olisi tullut tutustuttua ilman tätä kirjaa. Tämä teos luulisi kiinnostavan muitakin lukijoita, kuin fantasiasta kiinnostuneita. Vaikka alkuteos on ikivanha, kirjan kertomus ja tyyli eivät olleet yhtään vanhanaikaisia. Silverbergillä on taito hyppysissään. Kerronta soljuu helposti ja tapahtumat kuvataan mielenkiintoisesti. Lukemine ...more
Jamie Barringer (Ravenmount)
I don't usually associate the name Robert Silverberg with historical fiction, but this one was good. It is a story set in Mesopotamia, and tries to show how life might have been for people in the Middle East during the Biblical era.
Dave
There is a reason first person narrative is rarely used in fiction. It makes for tedious reading. This retelling of the epic of Gilgamesh is told in first person, past tense, so it is very much like listening to an older person telling the story of their lives. That's not a bad thing, in general, but when the stories are primarily focused on the teller, it becomes a portrait in narcissism, interesting really only to the teller. Nonetheless, I have a deep interest in the subject matter, and a lon ...more
Mike
Silverberg's take on the Gilgamesh story is certainly interesting -- I can't think of any other novel set in ancient Sumeria. But Silverberg's relentless demythologizing of a figure most people are not all that familiar with soon becomes a dreary game where the reader just tries to guess which fantastic element is being explained away in a given passage. The character of course has a lot of potential for introspection and Silverberg's biggest failure is in not making him all that interesting -- ...more
Linda
It made an ancient saga accessible to this modern reader. I very much enjoyed it.
Nicolas
Une relecture du mythe de gilgamesh par l'un des plus grands auteurs de sf. Une œuvre magistrale ou le événements mythiques prennent vie sous vos yeux. Tout la science de l'auteur est mis à profit pour rendre logique et réaliste chaque étape du mythe et vous faire douter sur le surnaturel. Il s'applique à comprendre comment a un époque lointaine chaque événement prenait un tour magique. En même temps le personnage de gilgamesh plus grand que tout vous absorbe. Fantastique!
Ian
Silverberg is always good, often great, here he is at his greatest. An epic story retold in modern format. The great King who conquers all, but what he fears most—death. A dream-like quality, mythic, primitive, primal, intimate, compelling and surprisingly real. The sequel, where Gilgamesh continues his life and adventures in the afterlife, is equally good.
I did read the novel way before this 2005 edition, but no longer have those details.
Damien
I read this when I was really fascinated with historical fiction type novels. Especially if they took a myth or legend and made it feel like some thing that actually happened (or could have happened). This was very enjoyable, and yeah, makes me think it all could have happened. [I just wish the author hadn't made the disclaimer about the man on man rumors concerning Gilgamesh and Enkidu- I guess I can't have everything!]
Lisa
I usually enjoy ancient literature and earned an M.A. studying mythology, but I couldn't connect with Gilgamesh. Maybe it's because the culture is so foreign or maybe it's because Gilgamesh is so flawed, but I had a hard time finishing it. After reading it, I decided to require only small sections for my son and focus our time on more enjoyable pieces on literature.
Jaime Contreras
Since I had never read the legend of Gilgamesh and I am not a huge science fiction/fantasy fan, I was skeptical when I started reading this book. In the end, I was entertained and would recommend this book. It is a tapestry of exotic lands, heroes and feats. I consider this a classic of fantasy.
Mihai Giurgiulescu
Went through this a while ago so I can't comment on what impressed me at the time, but I remember it was an interesting and enjoyable read. Silverberg's recreation of the ancient story was definitely a feast of imagination.
Lionel
Une fresque historico-fantastique très réussie, c'est pas souvent qu'on a droit à un setting babylonien. Low fantasy, à lire absolument !
Matt
i had no idea what this was when i picked it up.

reads kind of like historical fiction. in a really weird fantasy-like way.
Bettie☯
A great take on the epic - loved it. Brilliant as a primer to introduce into the full version.
Zjay
Fantastic rendition of the masterpiece. The tension between Ishtar and Gilgamesh is electrifying.
Jason Farley
Oi!!! and Double Oi!!! Thank you Jesus for rescuing us from that.
Stacey Douglas
An engaging retelling of the story/myth of Gilgamesh
Violeta
Την περίοδο που το διάβασα με είχε ενθουσιάσει
Kelly
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Robert Silverberg is one of science fiction’s most beloved writers, and the author of such contemporary classics as Dying Inside, Downward to the Earth and Lord Valentine’s Castle, as well as At Winter’s End, also available in a Bison Books edition. He is a past president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the winner of five Nebula Awards and five Hugo Awards. In 2004 the Sc ...more
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