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Last Quest of Gilgamesh
Last Quest of Gilgamesh


 
Beginner Level Literature
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The Epic of Gilgamesh is the oldest known epic poem. Written on 12 stone tablets it dates from the 7th century B.C.

The story tells of Gilgamesh, a cruel king whose life is changed by his friendship with Enkidu, a wild man who joins him on many quests. When Enkidu dies the anguished Gilgamesh embarks on a quest for immortality.

This beautifully written and illustrated series of books retells the story in a manner which depicts the humanity of these ancient people who struggle with the ageless issues of life and the after-life. Readers of all ages will appreciate the illustrations evoking the surroundings of ancient Sumeria.

In this, his final quest, Gilgamesh, still mourning the death of his dear friend Enkidu, sets out to find the key to immortality. His journey is perilous. He must fight ferocious serpents and wild lions. He travels through bitterly cold caves, across scorching deserts, and over the fatal waters of the Sea of Death.

Finally he arrives at the palace of Utnapishtim, the only human who knows the secret of immortality. Utnapishtim sets Gilgamesh a test to stay away for six days and seven nights, but Gilgamesh fails. His last hope, a flower of eternal youth, is eaten by the goddess Ishtar, who exacts her revenge. Finally, Enkidu comes from the underworld to show Gilgamesh true immortality: the king will be remembered for his good deeds, courage, and love for his people.

3rd book in the Gilgamesh the King trilogy