Thursday, October 19, 2017

Book Excerpt for the Day

    “Who are you, traveler?  Where do you come from?”

    I had thought I would invent a name for myself; but suddenly there seemed no reason to do that.  “I am Gilgamesh,” I said, and waited for her to laugh in my face, as one might do if I had said, “I am Enlil” or “I am An the Sky-father.”  But she did not laugh.  She looked at me long and close, frowning.  I felt the presence of her, strong and warm and good.  I said after a moment, “Do you know of me?”

    “Everyone knows the name of Gilgamesh.”

    “And is Gilgamesh a murderer?”

    “He is king in Uruk.  Kings have bloody hands.”

    (from Gilgamesh The King by Robert Silverberg)

    6*/10.  The complete review is here.

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