Gilgamesh the King

Gilgamesh the King The epic tale of Gilgamesh the legendary god king of Sumeria who discovered the secret of eternal life has enflamed the imaginations of countless generations In Gilgamesh science fiction Grand Mast

  • Title: Gilgamesh the King
  • Author: Robert Silverberg
  • ISBN: 9781416504795
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • The epic tale of Gilgamesh, the legendary god king of Sumeria who discovered the secret of eternal life, has enflamed the imaginations of countless generations In Gilgamesh, science fiction Grand Master Robert Silverberg gives us a vivid portrait of a courageous, lusty, sometimes reckless ruler of men It is the majestic tale of a man haunted by gods, tormented by his pasThe epic tale of Gilgamesh, the legendary god king of Sumeria who discovered the secret of eternal life, has enflamed the imaginations of countless generations In Gilgamesh, science fiction Grand Master Robert Silverberg gives us a vivid portrait of a courageous, lusty, sometimes reckless ruler of men It is the majestic tale of a man haunted by gods, tormented by his passion for a woman who was his greatest rival, and driven by a thirst for immortality.

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    1. The Gilgamesh that Robert Silverberg describes is a combination of Leonidas (as portrayed by Gerard Butler in 300), Conan (as portrayed by Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Ted Nugent: he is an alpha male with an attitude, a manly man of testosteronian power and ursine manliness, with a steaming hot side order of god-like virile manly manness.I read five pages and dropped and GAVE MYSELF TEN PUSHUPS!!!The almost pre-historic, shrouded in myth and legend setting made me think of Creation by Gore Vidal a [...]

    2. I've learned so much from this novel - about the culture, history and beliefs of the early people of Mesopotamia. Silverberg researched the subject well, and managed to bring to life the old myths of Gilgamesh, who went looking for eternal life. This modern version really helped me understand these old peoples' way of thinking, how natural phenomena connected with their religious beliefs, and how they explained them. Beyond that, there are many universal things in this story in terms of the huma [...]

    3. Silverberg is more famously known for his sci-fi works, but here he turns his hand at semi-historical – a sub-category of historical fiction utilising ancient myths and legends and attempting to retell them in a historically accurate and plausible way. Since I’d just finished reading The Epic of Gilgamesh, I thought I’d check out Silverberg’s reworking.In some ways, this book was just what I had been craving. Whilst I greatly appreciated the themes and importance of The Epic, it leaves s [...]

    4. -Convertir el poema épico antiquísimo en una novela y con cierto sentido del realismo.-Género. Novela (que hace ficción sobre un mito antiquísimo, eso sí).Lo que nos cuenta. El hijo de Lugalbanda, rey de la ciudad de Uruk, queda en una posición noble pero no real cuando su padre muere. Al ir creciendo, descubre que es mucho más fuerte, rápido y letal que cualquier hombre, y el propio rey de Uruk ve en él una amenaza al trono. Gilgamesh, nombre por el que es conocido el muchacho, escapa [...]

    5. Pretty much enjoyed the story and the audiobook version. An ancient heroes epic adapted with a nice flow to it story wise. Not quite what I expected, but that was a good thing.

    6. This is a novelization/memoir style telling of the Epic of Gilgamesh that's totally NOT GAY.I have not read/studied the Epic of Gilgamesh, so I don't know how well the story would roll with academics who know such things intimately, and I'm generally going to miss any subtext of what was going on or what constituted pop-culture in ancient Mesopotamia, but overall, it is hitting most of the major plot points I remember. In this story, first person told by Gilgamesh, he's the most amazing, awesome [...]

    7. Gilgamesh lived approximately 5000 years ago, in the Tigris-Euphrates valley of what is now Iraq, in 2800 BC. His saga was “composed” orally at roughly the same time, first appearing in Sumerian cuneiform in roughly 2000 BC, then were later copied and translated into Akkadian and Hittite versions over the next 1000 years. Tablets whose dates ranged from 1700 BC to 700 BC have been found throughout Mesopotamia and even beyond, indication of the durability and the extent of this saga. (To give [...]

    8. Very different in style from his SF novels but also very enjoyable. Factional type novel set in prehistory times (approx 5000 years ago) and dealing with Gilgamesh, who became King of the Sumerians. While it deals a lot with the capriciousness of the gods and has plenty of fantasy elements these are all dealt with as would be by ancient society and all have a rational interpretation. Deals to a large extent with the lust for power and the struggle between the high priestess of the Kingdom and th [...]

    9. I brought this book along for the plane trip from Chicago to San Francisco as a gift for my host (and former roommate) Tom Miley and his wife. It is a modern retelling of the Gilgamesh story and not, in my opinion, especially insightful as regards the milieux of the original. The focus is more on the character of the protagonist.

    10. This tale of Gilgamesh who was one third mortal and two thirds god. Always being the larger of men in stature and in ego, believed he could do no wrong. His journey takes him on a quest to find immortality, because he has always feared death. Interesting, but terribly slow moving. Don't think I am up to more of the series.

    11. This very nearly is the type of book I was looking for for years. A story taking place in Ancient Mesopotamia, unblemished with the Holier than thou attitude of men named Daniel being condescending to Assyrians for not having the right religion. It is sad that this is such a rarity, at least it was until recently.The background for the story is rich and is very well executed, perhaps only the fact that the amount of Gods Silverberg names at times is rather small, though of course that may have s [...]

    12. This is one of those books where I got hooked by the end of the first paragraph. I was already familiar with the epic of Gilgamesh and wondered what Robert Silverberg would do with it. I didn't realize that this was the beginning of a series. This book is complete in and of itself.My library classified this as science fiction, but it's not. It's more like historical fiction or, at a stretch, historical fantasy. But really, who cares what genre it is when it is such a good story? There is a good [...]

    13. In his intro, Silverberg says that he set out in this novel to provide a version of the Gilgamesh myth similar to what Mary Renault did with Theseus, to retell an ancient myth as it might actually have happened, without the supernatural elements. He does a good job with that, maybe too much of a good job, explaining away every single supernatural element. I've read the original myth in several versions and in the end, I find the original more rewarding than Silverberg's all too human hero. Even [...]

    14. Old story retold in a new wayGilgamesh tale retold by moving some of the clay translations around and filling in the holes in missing fragments. This is the most coherent flowing version I haveRead

    15. Will write a proper review later. In a word: amazing. Source material for much of the Jewish scriptures (Moses).

    16. Very interesting narrative of the tale of Gilgamesh. THis is not a translation, but a retelling in first person narrative. Recommended if you are into such things.

    17. J'ai lu ce livre essentiellement parce que ma fille semble devoir étudier cette oeuvre l'année prochaine Mais j'y reviendrai.Il raconte donc la vie de Gilgamesh, devenu roi d'Uruk à la suite d'une habile machination d'un royaume ambitionnant de prendre de la place d'Uruk (première ville du monde à l'époque, semble-t-il). Il devient donc roi, dans une ville dominée principalement par la déesse de la Lune et sa déesse avec laquelle il a des relations amoureuses sacrées faciles, mais pe [...]

    18. Based on my podcast's featuring the Epic of Gilgamesh recently, Jesse from SFFaudio offered me this audiobook review copy. I have only listened to the first hour or so but it is interesting thus far. It may help that I have the bare bones of the Gilgamesh epic in mind. Again, I am put in mind of the Mary Stewart Merlin trilogy or the Mary Renault stories in the old style of story telling. The reading is very good so far and that is, naturally, a big plus.Update:I am really enjoying this tale, wh [...]

    19. This is a very well written, and while I have a few minor quibbles, little of them have to do with the writing or the story itself. This is an adaptation of the story of Gilgamesh, perhaps the oldest narrative in existence. It also attempts to de-mythologize the events of the epic, and place it firmly in a realistic milieu. I find this both to be a strength and a weakness. All events can be explained rationally, but the book does a very good job of depicting some of the cultural beliefs of the S [...]

    20. The “Epic of Gilgamesh” is an ancient epic Sumerian poem about the exploits of Gilgamesh, the greatest king of Uruk in Mesopotamia. It tells the tale of how he overworked his people to build a great kingdom, his friendship with the wild man Enkidu who was sent by the gods to distract him, his battles with the goddess Inanna, the earliest account of the great flood, and his journey seeking immortality. Silverberg’s book is a novelization of the epic with some liberties taken, particularly t [...]

    21. Mielenkiintoista oli tutustua ihmiskunnan vanhimpaan taruun ymmärrettävässä muodossa, vaikka tekstissä on luonnollisesti kirjailijan omiakin näkemyksiä. Koko taruun ei olisi tullut tutustuttua ilman tätä kirjaa. Tämä teos luulisi kiinnostavan muitakin lukijoita, kuin fantasiasta kiinnostuneita. Vaikka alkuteos on ikivanha, kirjan kertomus ja tyyli eivät olleet yhtään vanhanaikaisia. Silverbergillä on taito hyppysissään. Kerronta soljuu helposti ja tapahtumat kuvataan mielenkiint [...]

    22. (Finnish edition, Vaskikirjat 2008)Käännös vaikutti toimivalta. Ihmiskunnan vanhin säilynyt tarina soljui vaivattomasti eteenpäin.Kirjailija oli tehnyt hyvää työtä siirtäessään vanhan legendarunoelman modernimpaan formaattiin. Tunnelma ei kärsinyt, vaikka eeposta ei lukenutkaan rasvalampun valossa savitauluilta, ja jotkut kerrontaratkaisut oli tehty niin, että tarinaa pystyi tulkitsemaan sekä myyttinä, että realistisemmista näkökohdista käsin. Vain toinen Sumerilaisista suosi [...]

    23. Silverberg's take on the Gilgamesh story is certainly interesting -- I can't think of any other novel set in ancient Sumeria. But Silverberg's relentless demythologizing of a figure most people are not all that familiar with soon becomes a dreary game where the reader just tries to guess which fantastic element is being explained away in a given passage. The character of course has a lot of potential for introspection and Silverberg's biggest failure is in not making him all that interesting -- [...]

    24. There is a reason first person narrative is rarely used in fiction. It makes for tedious reading. This retelling of the epic of Gilgamesh is told in first person, past tense, so it is very much like listening to an older person telling the story of their lives. That's not a bad thing, in general, but when the stories are primarily focused on the teller, it becomes a portrait in narcissism, interesting really only to the teller. Nonetheless, I have a deep interest in the subject matter, and a lon [...]

    25. Une relecture du mythe de gilgamesh par l'un des plus grands auteurs de sf. Une œuvre magistrale ou le événements mythiques prennent vie sous vos yeux. Tout la science de l'auteur est mis à profit pour rendre logique et réaliste chaque étape du mythe et vous faire douter sur le surnaturel. Il s'applique à comprendre comment a un époque lointaine chaque événement prenait un tour magique. En même temps le personnage de gilgamesh plus grand que tout vous absorbe. Fantastique!

    26. Silverberg is always good, often great, here he is at his greatest. An epic story retold in modern format. The great King who conquers all, but what he fears most—death. A dream-like quality, mythic, primitive, primal, intimate, compelling and surprisingly real. The sequel, where Gilgamesh continues his life and adventures in the afterlife, is equally good. I did read the novel way before this 2005 edition, but no longer have those details.

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