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Description: Gilgamesh : Paperback : Black Cat : 9780802141217 : 0802141218 : 06 May 2004 : This rich, spare, and evocative debut novel of encounters and escapes, of friendship and love, of loss and acceptance, marks the emergence of a world-class talent. The Book Depository Gilgamesh by Joan London - shop the best deal online on thebookbug.co.uk

 

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Author: M. F. Cayley

Rating: 5

Review: This is an intensely moving novel about an unmarried Australian mother and her search for her boy's father, who has returned to the Armenia he was born in. She travels there just before the outbreak of the Second World War. The sense of loss pervades most of the novel; but the style is spare and unsentimental, and all the more emotionally powerful for that. The novel is loosely structured like the Epic of Gilgamesh, the ancient tale of a hero who goes to the Underworld in search of his dead friend, and who returns accepting mortality. For those who know the myth, this gives an added layer of resonance to the novel, but the use of the myth is not forced, and you don't need to be familiar with it to appreciate the book. There are good depictions of life on a struggling Australian farm and in wartime Armenia. Not a word is out of place, and I was gripped throughout. Without doubt, this is one of the best modern novels I have read.

 

Author: sally tarbox

Rating: 3

Review: This started out brilliantly, following a family on a failing Australian farmstead in the 30s. But then it all started to feel terribly implausible, as Edith sets off for Armenia to seek her child's father... Nonetheless it's very vivid and haunting writing.

 

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