A Graphic Novel

Book - 2011
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"With all the graphic adaptations of mythology flying around, it's about time someone got to old Gilgamesh.... Winegarner's adaptation demonstrates the extensive debt mythology and religion owe this ancient tale." -- Booklist

Before the Bible and legendary figures like Hercules, King Arthur, and Beowulf, there was Gilgamesh. As the king of Uruk, a city in ancient Mesopotamia, Gilgamesh protected his people from harm, battling a multitude of fierce demons with the steadfast help of his brother, Enkidu.

But Gilgamesh's reign faced the ultimate challenge from the power-hungry goddess Ishtar, who proposed marriage only to be unceremoniously spurned by Gilgamesh. Ishtar's rage led Gilgamesh to his greatest battle, a battle that shook Gilgamesh to his core and led him to travel further than any other man--to the land of the gods on a quest to find immortality.

Written down on cuneiform tablets nearly five thousand years ago, Gilgamesh's story was originally recorded in the form of an epic poem. In this bold retelling of the ancient legend--presented for the first time in graphic novel form--graphic novelist Andrew Winegarner revitalizes the ultimate adventure story. His illustrations breathe new life into the story of humanity's first hero, and the result is a page-turning take on the world's oldest epic poem.
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : Counterpoint : Distributed by Publishers Group West, c2011.
ISBN: 9781593764227
Characteristics: 170 p. :,ill. ;,23 cm.


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Feb 14, 2016

Great story, but some questionable art, especially in the "Sex and Violence" chapter.

Apr 14, 2014

very inappropriate graphics. Should have an explicit warning on it. Not for children.

Nov 15, 2012

I want to like this graphic novel but I felt it was way too vague and that the artwork was just okay to really immerse myself on it. I suppose it would be quite difficulty making something like this from an epic that is so ancient, and with some facts lost in time. For what its worth its passable but nothing to write home about.

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Apr 14, 2014

agda thinks this title is suitable for 99 years and over

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