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Gilgamesh by Anonymous
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"In Iraq...where Gilgamesh was written -- the oldest story in the world, a thousand years older than the Iliad or the Bible."

A multi-layered examination of the duality in the human experience: good/ evil, hero/ villain, etc. There's certainly relevance with current events -- maybe that's why it's stood the test of time -- because we continue to face equally epic quests in our journey to become better humans...

I put off reading this classic, considered by many an essential read, because, well, tales told in verse intimidate me. Sometimes they leave me scratching my head, clearly not smart enough to "get" their meaning. Glad I finally went for it with Gilgamesh! Thankfully, Mitchell's translation/ adaptation is easily accessible. And I found the introduction particularly helpful.

In the end, I just felt really sad for Enkidu *and* Humbaba. Perhaps I'll have a different takeaway on subsequent reads.
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Reading Progress

March 16, 2019 – Started Reading
March 17, 2019 – Finished Reading
March 18, 2019 – Shelved
March 18, 2019 – Shelved as: into-the-forest-2019

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