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This review is from: Gilgamesh (Paperback)
Stephen Mitchell's translation of the Epic of Gilgamesh is absolutely amazing. Previous translations I've read have been undoubtedly scholarly and accurate but Mitchell's work is on a different level. This is Gilgamesh as literature. Presumably Mitchell has filled in gaps and ironed out ambiguities, but the end product is a coherent whole where the modern translator never intrudes on this ancient yarn which combines action with philosophy on a truly epic scale.
Gilgamesh deserves to be as widely known as the Iliad and anyone who wants to know more about mythology or ancient literature should read this version. Here we have adventure, tragedy, a great friendship and an older and more compassionate version of the Noah story. This is not just one of the earliest pieces of literature, it is also once of the greatest.