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Gilgamesh, roi d'Ourouk (Gilgamesh #1)

3.67  ·  Rating details ·  511 Ratings  ·  44 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-mê ...more
Mass Market Paperback, Folio SF, 475 pages
Published October 11th 2000 by Gallimard (first published 1984)
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Jun 26, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Gilgamesh that Robert Silverberg describes is a combination of Leonidas (as portrayed by Gerard Butler in 300), Conan (as portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Ted Nugent: he is an alpha male with an attitude, a manly man of testosteronian power and ursine manliness, with a steaming hot side order of god-like virile manly manness.

I read five pages and dropped and GAVE MYSELF TEN PUSHUPS!!!

The almost pre-historic, shrouded in myth and legend setting made me think of Creation by Gore Vidal a
Jan 09, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I've learned so much from this novel - about the culture, history and beliefs of the early people of Mesopotamia. Silverberg researched the subject well, and managed to bring to life the old myths of Gilgamesh, who went looking for eternal life. This modern version really helped me understand these old peoples' way of thinking, how natural phenomena connected with their religious beliefs, and how they explained them. Beyond that, there are many universal things in this story in terms of the huma ...more
-Convertir el poema épico antiquísimo en una novela y con cierto sentido del realismo.-

Género. Novela (que hace ficción sobre un mito antiquísimo, eso sí).

Lo que nos cuenta. El hijo de Lugalbanda, rey de la ciudad de Uruk, queda en una posición noble pero no real cuando su padre muere. Al ir creciendo, descubre que es mucho más fuerte, rápido y letal que cualquier hombre, y el propio rey de Uruk ve en él una amenaza al trono. Gilgamesh, nombre por el que es conocido el muchacho, escapa de la ciu
Jeff Miller
Sep 24, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Pretty much enjoyed the story and the audiobook version. An ancient heroes epic adapted with a nice flow to it story wise. Not quite what I expected, but that was a good thing.
Erik Graff
Jun 30, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  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.
Apr 24, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mythology
A great take on the epic - loved it. Brilliant as a primer to introduce into the full version.
Jack Pramitte
Très belle édition, couverture imitation cuir.
Aug 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This very nearly is the type of book I was looking for for years. A story taking place in Ancient Mesopotamia, unblemished with the Holier than thou attitude of men named Daniel being condescending to Assyrians for not having the right religion. It is sad that this is such a rarity, at least it was until recently.

The background for the story is rich and is very well executed, perhaps only the fact that the amount of Gods Silverberg names at times is rather small, though of course that may have s
K. Counihan
Feb 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Old story retold in a new way

Gilgamesh tale retold by moving some of the clay translations around and filling in the holes in missing fragments. This is the most coherent flowing version I have
Donald Mosier
Jul 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very interesting narrative of the tale of Gilgamesh. THis is not a translation, but a retelling in first person narrative. Recommended if you are into such things.
Christian Schwoerke
Gilgamesh lived approximately 5000 years ago, in the Tigris-Euphrates valley of what is now Iraq, in 2800 BC. His saga was “composed” orally at roughly the same time, first appearing in Sumerian cuneiform in roughly 2000 BC, then were later copied and translated into Akkadian and Hittite versions over the next 1000 years. Tablets whose dates ranged from 1700 BC to 700 BC have been found throughout Mesopotamia and even beyond, indication of the durability and the extent of this saga. (To give fur ...more
James Frederick
Probably deserves a 3. something. It mostly kept my interest, but was a very strange book.

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
Julie Davis
Jan 04, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

I am really enjoying this tale, wh
Mar 04, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Very different in style from his SF novels but also very enjoyable. Factional type novel set in prehistory times (approx 5000 years ago) and dealing with Gilgamesh, who became King of the Sumerians. While it deals a lot with the capriciousness of the gods and has plenty of fantasy elements these are all dealt with as would be by ancient society and all have a rational interpretation. Deals to a large extent with the lust for power and the struggle between the high priestess of the Kingdom and th ...more
Stephen Poltz
Aug 30, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The “Epic of Gilgamesh” is an ancient epic Sumerian poem about the exploits of Gilgamesh, the greatest king of Uruk in Mesopotamia. It tells the tale of how he overworked his people to build a great kingdom, his friendship with the wild man Enkidu who was sent by the gods to distract him, his battles with the goddess Inanna, the earliest account of the great flood, and his journey seeking immortality. Silverberg’s book is a novelization of the epic with some liberties taken, particularly the int ...more
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
Sep 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(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
Jan 24, 2008 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 16, 2013 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sep 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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!
Jun 19, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantasy
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.
Dec 03, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
This tale of Gilgamesh who was one third mortal and two thirds god. Always being the larger of men in stature and in ego, believed he could do no wrong. His journey takes him on a quest to find immortality, because he has always feared death. Interesting, but terribly slow moving. Don't think I am up to more of the series.
Aug 20, 2009 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
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.
Dec 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I thoroughly enjoyed it. True to the ancient epic. Faithful rendering of the times and culture. More personal that either the Iliad or the Odyssey, yet it expresses similar values. I will re-read someday!
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.
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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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