Gilgamesh by Joan London

About the book

Gilgamesh is the epic story of a mother’s search for the father of her child – from Australia to Armenia via England and Mesopotamia – all under the shadow of an imminent, and soon to be very real, World War II. Narrated in a clear, poetic voice, it is a portrayal of the different journeys we choose to take through life and what happens when ordinary people get caught up in extraordinary, seismic events. A bestseller in its native Australia, Gilgamesh was awarded the Age Fiction Book of the Year and shortlisted for the prestigious Miles Franklin award alongside Tim Winton and Richard Flanagan.

Reviewed by Everton Reading Group:

Held some readers in thrall. Although the story was rather improbable in places regarding the war, the plight of the main characters – Enid and Jim – was believable. We felt we should find out more about Gilgamesh.

Star rating: ***+

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  1. Review by New Forest/Waterside U3A Reading Group:
    Although the group gave this book a three star rating, their reasons were far from uniform. The fabled Gilgamesh and his epic search for enlightenment had not before come to their notice and Edith’s seemingly irrational behaviour following her encounters with Leopold and Aram did not make much sense. Some found the situation at Nunderup too depressing, others thought the conclusion of Edith’s quest away from a pointless life too rushed at the end. All thought it was a good read and a few were left wanting to read the book again and find out more about Gilgamesh. Our discussion profitably visited many topics.
    Star rating: ***

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