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Gilgamesh: A Novel | [Joan London]

Gilgamesh: A Novel

Edith and Frances, living with their mother on a tiny farm in the south-east of Australia, are visited by their cousin Leopold and his Armenian friend Aram. The two young men are taking the long way home after working on an archaeological dig in Iraq. It is 1937. The modern world, they say, is waiting to erupt. Among the tales they tell is the story of Gilgamesh, the legendary king of Uruk, in ancient Mesopotamia.
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Edith and Frances, living with their mother on a tiny farm in the south-east of Australia, are visited by their cousin Leopold and his Armenian friend Aram. The two young men are taking the long way home after working on an archaeological dig in Iraq. It is 1937. The modern world, they say, is waiting to erupt. Among the tales they tell is the story of Gilgamesh, the legendary king of Uruk, in ancient Mesopotamia. Gilgamesh's great journey of mourning after the death of his friend Enkidu, and his search for the secret of eternal life, is to resonate through all of their lives. In 1939, Edith and her young child set off on an impossible journey of their own, to find themselves trapped by the outbreak of war. The story of this journey is the story of encounters and escapes, of friendship and love, of loss and acceptance.

©2001 Joan London; (P)2002 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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"Written in a wonderfully economical prose, alternatively bristling and resonating with suggestiveness." (Australian Book Review)

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    A strange and unsatisfactory book. The author prepares a canvas on a heroic scale, but then largely populates it with trivialities. The writing style is excellent, as is the reader, and the idea behind the story is promising. However, the main character seems to be one of those people who are peripherally associated in momentous events without becoming involved in them. I was left feeling dissatisfied, given how much more the author could done with these characters.

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    Eileen Houston, TX, USA 05-05-05
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    Direct simple prose and a deceptively simple story that has touches deeply.Narration superb.

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    Paulette CA, United States 04-17-07
    Paulette CA, United States 04-17-07 Member Since 2004

    Always a reader, now a listener as well!

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    "Epic pleaser"

    the story flows, with information about the characters, setting, and situations in an engaging and interesting story that continued to keep you interested.

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    S. Marie Honolulu, HI United States 06-06-05
    S. Marie Honolulu, HI United States 06-06-05 Listener Since 2003

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    "Clear, luminous prose"

    Set in Australia and Armenia, this novel is beautifully written. The bleak and wild landscapes compliment the characters as if one is a reflection of the other. Paced neither slow nor fast, enough action takes place to keep you interested. Reccomended.

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    I loved this book. The writing was interesting and engaging. I loved the narration it really brought the story alive.

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