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Gilgamesh the King by Ludmila Zeman
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Mar 12, 2009

really liked it
bookshelves: mythology, picture
Read in October, 2011

Half-god Gilgamesh only comprehends power. He does not care for the people he rules, or even understand what it means to be human. When he forces the populace to labor and starve building a monument to his glory, they pray for help and the Sun God responds by creating Enkidu, a half-animal man who lives in the forest and does not understand cruelty. He is as strong as Gilgamesh, but can mere force prevail against the ruthless tyrant?

Obviously, the element of suspense is absent for those familiar with the mythology, but this is still a good presentation of a timeless tale. Zeman tastefully elides the racy details without castrating the story; unusually, it actually makes more sense this way.
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