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Edith and Frances, living with their mother on a tiny farm in the south-east of Australia, are visited by their cousin Leopold and his Armenian friend Aram. The two young men are taking the long way home after working on an archaeological dig in Iraq. It is 1937. The modern world, they say, is waiting to erupt. Among the tales they tell is the story of Gilgamesh, the legendary king of Uruk, in ancient Mesopotamia. Gilgamesh's great journey of mourning after the death of his friend Enkidu, and his search for the secret of eternal life, is to resonate through all of their lives. In 1939, Edith and her young child set off on an impossible journey of their own, to find themselves trapped by the outbreak of war. The story of this journey is the story of encounters and escapes, of friendship and love, of loss and acceptance.
©2001 Joan London; (P)2002 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
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"Written in a wonderfully economical prose, alternatively bristling and resonating with suggestiveness." (Australian Book Review)
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By Marius on 10-11-05


A strange and unsatisfactory book. The author prepares a canvas on a heroic scale, but then largely populates it with trivialities. The writing style is excellent, as is the reader, and the idea behind the story is promising. However, the main character seems to be one of those people who are peripherally associated in momentous events without becoming involved in them. I was left feeling dissatisfied, given how much more the author could done with these characters.

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By Eileen on 05-05-05


Direct simple prose and a deceptively simple story that has touches deeply.Narration superb.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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