Top positive review
Best Translation of the first story.
Reviewed in the United States on September 22, 2018
I got this accidentally. My daughter needed an edition of Gilgamesh for school, and I got this instead of the edition she needed. I am SO glad I did.
I have been wanting to read Gilgamesh for years. I got a copy in college, I couldn't make it through. I picked up another copy on some other occasion, I couldn't make it through. Barely got through the first few pages.
THIS one... I love it. Easy to read. Easy to follow the story. Plenty of notes in the back where he explains when and where and why he made the translation choices he did. Simply fantastic.
Can't say enough good things about this edition.. Well worth reading. It is actually a fun and exciting story once you get past all the scholarly stuff, which is to be expected. Gilgamesh wasn't written as literature, it was an adventure story, and Stephen Mitchell brings it back to it's very, very, very old roots.