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4.0 out of 5 stars An additional edition, not a replacement edition!, 27 Nov. 2009
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This review is from: The Epic of Gilgamesh (Penguin Classics) (Paperback)
It may be a matter of taste, but I find that it's worth having this (Andrew George's) edition as well as the 1972 Sandars Penguin Classic, rather than as a replacement. The styles are completely different - Sandars is prose, this is verse. This translation may be closer to the original flavour of the verse epic, and it is longer than Sandars because more material has become available over the years since Sandars worked, but the narrative is pretty confusing because it retains some of the neutrality of a diplomatic transcript (i.e. it's a replica of the fragmentaryness of what remains rather than an attempt at a reconstructed whole) and it includes multiple versions of passages where they have been found in the tablets. Sandars' more coherent prose version only gives an illusion of completeness, but I think you'd have to be pretty sensitive to object to its illusoriness.
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