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Ms_T
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When I bought this audiobook I was expecting a story translated into old fashioned and heavy English, dense with complicated imagery and challenging to the ear. How wrong I was! This translation by Emily Wilson is a joy to listen to and sounds so modern considering the age of the original poem. I‘m not especially a Greek mythology lover but I really enjoyed the adventure and scale of this story. A very pleasant surprise! ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Cathythoughts Nice review! Sounds good 4d
Ms_T @Cathythoughts Thank you! I really enjoyed it 😃 4d
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wordslinger42
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Today is a hard day. My grandpa passed away a year ago. He was a great reader, and this is one of my favorite pictures of him. Just wanted to share it today in honor of him. I love and miss you, Papou ❤

chaoticgoodhufflepuff What a wonderful picture! ❤️ I am so sorry for your loss. 6d
Bookwomble A lovely picture ❤❤ 6d
squirrelbrain That‘s a lovely picture - how nice to have a grandpa who was a reader. I bet you learned a lot from him. (edited) 6d
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Megabooks Big hug! What a great picture to have. 💙💙 6d
Jas16 Such a fantastic picture 6d
Eggs Lovely photo and tribute ♥️ 5d
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AthenaWins
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Wow. I wasn't really expecting The Epic of Gilgamesh to be so beautiful. Honestly, I wasn't sure I would understand it. But the author of this version has pieced the story together in a way that even the non-reader will understand and fall in love with. The narrators are more like performers, emotional and passionate. The author also includes an essay that goes deeper into the story, looking for deeper meaning. Loved this so much.

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ImperfectCJ
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1. According to GR, A Charlotte Mason Education by Catherine Levison (104 pp), but I don't completely trust GR page counts.
2. The Lord of the Rings (1,216 pp as one volume). See note on GR page counts above.
3. Meditations of the Heart by Howard Thurman (printed 1953). Epic of Gilgamesh is older (c2100 BCE) but I don't have an original printing (inscription?) of that one.
4. Ninth House by Leigh Bardugo (Oct 2019)

@ljuliel #bookquestion

Scochrane26 I don‘t trust GR page counts either because it depends on the edition. I think what I listed was accurate though as far as shortest & longest. 1mo
ljuliel I‘ve not read LOTR ,but I‘ve seen those combo- books where all the stories are in one book. It‘s huge ! 1mo
ImperfectCJ @Scochrane26 I might just not be adept at sorting on GR. When I look at the Stats section, it lists PK Dick's The Minority Report (which I read in 2009) as 103 pp, but it didn't show up when I sorted my "read" shelf by page number. ? Oh, well. Not a huge deal. 1mo
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ImperfectCJ @ljuliel I wasn't sure whether to include the big volume, but as Tolkien apparently wanted it published that way originally, I felt justified. 🙂 (Second-longest is The Stand at 1153 pp.) 1mo
ljuliel Yep, The Stand is huge ! Another I have yet to try ! 1mo
TalecArashi I would certainly be impressed if you did have an early edition of Gilgamesh! 😂 1mo
ImperfectCJ @TalecArashi Who knows...there could be one in one of the many stacks of books I have around the house. 🤔 1mo
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AthenaWins
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I am loving this much more than I expected. The narrator is fantastic. Such a great story.

Emilymdxn I was surprised by how much I loved it too! 1mo
AthenaWins @Emilymdxn it really is such a beautiful story. Rampant sexism (but hey, we're talking over 4,000 years ago), but the companionship between Gilgamesh and Enkidu is just so heart wrenching. 1mo
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Becker
Odyssey | Homer
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Promised myself I would read this little beauty in 2019, so I have settled in with it and I‘m loving it. 🥰

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Patchshank
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https://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2019/11/05/tufts-student-may-have-found-secret...

I like it. Has bit of a Dan Brown feel to it. I wonder if it's hiding anymore secrets...🤔

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rwmg
Beowulf (Revised) | Seamus Heaney
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Excellently read by Heaney himself

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Tungsten_Peerts
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Lattimore is my go-to translator for the Iliad. It FEELS faithful to the original, though since I don't know ancient Greek (yet) this seems like something I shouldn't be allowed to say. How can a poem that on one level is all about guys and gods shoving spears through each other be ultimately very moving? You can ask Homer, but he's dead and won't tell you directly.

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Gilgamesh | Stephen Mitchell
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An ancient epic not to be forgotten. Fun, in a way, to read as a story by itself. But perhaps more important as an ancient source of mythology and storytelling.