The Last Quest of Gilgamesh
The Last Quest of Gilgamesh (paperback)
by Ludmila Zeman (Illustrator)
Format: Paperback, 24pp.
Publisher: Tundra Books of Northern New York Published Date: April 1998
Edition Description: Reprint
Recommend Age Range: 8
Other Formats: Hardcover
ABOUT THIS ITEM
From the Publisher
Gilgamesh is the first hero of Western literature. All our heroes since have
borrowed his virtues: courage, loyalty, selflessness, and unwavering dedication
to a goal.
In this third and final book of the Gilgamesh epic, Gilgamesh sets out to find
immortality. After many battles with monsters and scorching deserts and seas, he
discovers that true immortality lies in the good he has accomplished during his
From Marilyn Courtot - Children's Literature
For those who love sagas, myths,
and epic stories, this triumvirate is a must. Zeman has produced a spectacularly
illustrated three volume picture book series of one of the oldest know stories.
It begins with Gilgamesh the King in the ancient city of Uruk. Gilgamesh is a
tyrant who is changed through his friendship with Enkidu and the beautiful
Shamhat. When she is killed by the monster Humbaba, the two friends set out to
avenge her death in The Revenge of Ishtar. After slaying the monster, Ishtar
claims she had helped and asks Gilgamesh to become her husband. He rejects her
and she wreaks havoc on the city of Uruk. Unable to kill Gilgamesh, she takes
her revenge by bringing on a fatal illness to his beloved friend Enkidu. In the
third and final volume, The Last Quest of Gilgamesh, the King sets out to find
the secret of immortality. Zeman has undertaken extensive research to recreate
the Mesopotamian world of Gilgamesh.
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