There is enough material in this book for it to be a big gutsy epic, a la Gone With the Wind or Dr. Zhivago - thank God, Joan London resisted and has beautifully written a sparse, eloquent and elegant novel.
Gilgamesh by Joan London 272pp, Atlantic, £1. 9. The Epic of Gilgamesh, the world's oldest known poem, is about a Sumerian king who has everything a man could want bar immortality. The gods dispatch a wild man to teach him his place. The plan goes awry when they become best friends; together they set out to see the world, and, as one quest follows another, they become so arrogant that the gods condemn the wild man to the Underworld. Bereft, the king makes one last effort to achieve immortality. He fails, and as he stands before the walls of his great city, he knows his story will be his.
Gilgamesh, published in 2001, is the first full-length novel written by Joan London. It is inspired by the Epic of Gilgamesh, the world's oldest known poem. In 2002, the novel was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin Literary Award and was selected as The Age Book of the Year for Fiction. The book has been published with some success in Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States of America. It has also been published in Europe. Western Australian Premier's Book Awards, Fiction, 2001: shortlisted.
What is meant by the term 'genre' as it applies to works of fiction? Where does this term come from?Brainstorm the traditional features of the 'epic' genre. Find out a little about the original epic 'Gilgamesh', an ancient Sumerian myth. China quotes Joan London, noting, 'It's never women who get their own epics'. Many writers play with genres, distorting or blending them within their novels. Why might Joan London have chosen to do this in 'Gilgamesh'? China identifies Joan London's 'extraordinary ambivalence' about Australia. Australian writers are often accused of 'cultural cringe': conveying a sense that Australia is not as significant or sophisticated as other places.
Gilgamesh Joan London 2001. Cover photograph: The Esplanade Max Pam, 1990. About the Author: Joan London is the author of two colections of stories, Sister Ships, which won the Age Book of the Year 1986 and the Western Australia Week Literary Award, and Letter to Constantine, which won the Steele Rudd Award in 1994 and the West Australian Premier's Award for Fiction. She lives in Fremantle, Western Australia.
Электронная книга "Gilgamesh: A Novel", Joan London. Эту книгу можно прочитать в Google Play Книгах на компьютере, а также на устройствах Android и iOS. Выделяйте текст, добавляйте закладки и делайте заметки, скачав книгу "Gilgamesh: A Novel" для чтения в офлайн-режиме. A New York Times Notable Book from the author of The Golden Age. A remarkable study of a young woman’s most literal rite of passage (Baltimore Sun). Gilgamesh is a rich, spare, and evocative novel of encounters and escapes, of friendship and love, of loss and acceptance, a debut that marked the emergence of a world-class talent. It is 1937, and the modern world is waiting to erupt.
This is a magnificent book, a story of encounters and escapes, of friendship and love, of loss and acceptance. It is full of sparely depicted but fully fleshed characters and the wide sweep of history.
Joan Elizabeth London was born on July 24, 1948 in Australia. She is an author of short stories, screenplays and novels. London is the author of two collections of stories. The first, Sister Ships, won The Age Book of the Year (1986), and the second, Letter to Constantine, won the Steele Rudd Award and the West Australian Premier's Award for Fiction (both in 1994).
Joan London is an Australian writer with two collections of short stories (not published here) under her belt. If only she had taken more notice of T S Eliot's tenet about returning to the beginning and knowing it for the first time, her debut novel might have been brilliant instead of just good. Never have so many characters spent so much time travelling around the globe to find such dim, hazy enlightenment. The legend of Gilgamesh gives some fairly substantial clues about what will happen before the novel is over. Gilgamesh is the fabled king of Mesopotamia, said to have lived about 3000BC.