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Like Mayflies in a Stream by [Roberts, Shauna]
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"Like Mayflies in a Stream is fast-paced, crisp and vivid from the outset, depicting events, characters and scenes (particularly battle scenes) with a visceral and almost cinematographic style. ... Despite the entertaining narrative, Like Mayflies in a Stream is based on historical scholarship that encompasses the greater cultural landscape of Sumer and its people's lifestyles. In particular, the novel addresses the difficulties facing women. ... I thoroughly enjoyed this book and became drawn into its world; it's a rattling good yarn with characters we care for in situations that make us feel for them." --HerStoria magazine
 
"I was caught in the flow of the narrative. Roberts realizes her players well, showing multiple sides to mythic characters, and the details she puts into this historical re-imagining of "The Epic of Gilgamesh" really bring the story to life. ... The emotional and political twists and turns are best experienced firsthand. I recommend this novel for both its fast pacing and insightfulness, as well as for its historical grounding, and I look forward to more from Hadley Rille Books' Archaeology Series." --GUD Magazine

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  • File Size: 474 KB
  • Print Length: 196 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Hadley Rille Books (November 6, 2010)
  • Publication Date: November 6, 2010
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004BA5GK4
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Format: Paperback
Shamhat is one the strongest female protagonists you will find in a book of fiction, but she isn't a child of the sixties or a modern feminist. She is a priestess and servant of the goddess Inanna, tending to her temple duties in Mesopotamia in 2800 BCE. In Shauna Roberts' LIKE MAYFLIES IN A STREAM, Shamhat struggles to preserve faithfulness to her goddess, a task that conflicts with the personality of King Gilgamesh, who focuses on lust and feats of strength rather than the good of his people.

Shamhat's conflict results from two dreams, one received by Inanna's chief priest, Nanna-Ur-Sag, and another, one received by Gilgamesh himself. From his dream, Nanna-Ur-Sag believes that a powerful man from the desert is destined to restore order, balance, and justice to Uruk. Gilgamesh, on the other hand, believes that a powerful man from the desert is destined to be the one companion strong enough to complete his restless and reckless personality.

A wild man, Enkidu, indeed lives in the desert, but to lure him into the city--Shamhat's mission as dictated by Gilgamesh--the priestess must lose the trappings of her holy office and use her highly advanced sexual artifice, usually used only on a sacredd feast day of Inanna, to humanize Enkidu and convince him to journey from the desert to the city. If she is successful, however, will Enkidu fulfill the vision of Gilgamesh's dream, or that of Nanna-Ur Sag's?

A lesser writer might well have lost the narrative structure of such a novel in trying to execute a plot faithful to ancient Sumerian customs and terminology.
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Format: Hardcover
Years ago, while in college, I was required to read The Epic of Gilgamesh for Freshmen World Civilization. I remembered liking the story, but the writing style made the book a chore to get through. If LIKE MAYFLIES IN A STREAM were available back then, it would have made all the difference in the world to that college freshmen.

Shauna Roberts writes with such detail that you feel as if you are in the ancient city of Uruk, seeing the sights, hearing the noise, and smelling the smells of the city and desert where the wild man, Enkidu, resides. Told from the perspective of Priestess Shamhat, a fascinatingly strong female character, LIKE MAYFLIES IN A STREAM makes you forget that you're getting a history lesson. This novel will suck you in and transport you back to a time and civilization that is still a mystery in many ways.

It is a entertaining read that should be required reading for today's World Civilization classes.
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Format: Paperback
While I found the cover off-putting for a handful of reasons, once inside I was caught in the flow of the narrative. Roberts realizes her players well, showing multiple sides to mythic characters, and the details she puts into this historical re-imagining of "The Epic of Gilgamesh" really bring the story to life.

I was not familiar with the myth prior to reading Roberts' interpretation, and I think that it stands well on its own. We are quickly, and rather brutally, introduced to the deprivations of the King, Gilgamesh, and the cloud that hangs over the citizens of his city. He is both their protector and their destroyer. Also in play are Shamhat, a priestess of Inanna, who has personal connections to both the King and the newly-forming rebellion; Zaidu, a trapper who sets the story in motion; and Enkidu, beast-man raised by gazelles, who becomes the fulcrum of change.

The King is a bull of a man: muscular, quick-tempered, and driven by powerful lusts. He cripples the men he wrestles, races others beyond exhaustion, and now has claimed first "rights" to any bride. Gilgamesh answers to no one but the gods--and while the temple grows rich from offerings left by those begging the goddess Inanna for protection, the clergy are simply one more voice that the King ignores.

When Zaidu comes to Gilgamesh with his tale of a beast-man destroying his traps, the King sees that perhaps he has found an equal to try. Gilgamesh sends Shamhat into the desert with Zaidu to tame the beast-man and bring him back to the city.

The emotional and political twists and turns are best experienced firsthand. I recommend this novel for both its fast pacing and insightfulness, as well as for its historical grounding, and I look forward to more from Hadley Rille Books' Archaeology Series.

The review copy was provided by the publishers and will be retained by the reviewer.
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Prior to reading Dr. Shauna Robert's "Like Mayflies in a Stream" all that I knew of ancient Mesopotamia was a picture of a fossilized footprint in my set of childrens' encyclopedias, the fabulous ziggurat at Ur, a small section of pre-rolled characters in my beloved D&D Legends and Lore book and a few days of study in my Mythology 101 class in high school. Dr Roberts, who has a clear passion for the subject, brings it all back to life in this revisitation of the story of Enkidu from the wild and Gilgamesh.

Similar to Dan Brown's "The DaVinci Code", Dr. Roberts skillfully integrates mythological characters with invented ones sprinkled with a learned primer of life and culture in ancient Mesopotamia. The reader gets a taste of it all, from fabrics and textures to foods and drinks the ancients prepared and enjoyed. She also attempts to "normalize" the mythologicals a bit by making them more mortal and removing some of their more superhuman aspects (for example, I recall from my old reading that Shamhat made love to Enkidu for six days and nights as she integrated him into human culture--it doesn't quite happen that way in the book though that would have been way cool).
Dr. Roberts does an amazing job depicting Gilgamesh, the great hero of the Sumerian pantheon. As I recall, Gilgamesh was a real wildcard, helping one moment and creating chaos the next. The Gilgamesh in the story embodies that chaos, wrestling, racing and beating his people into submission.

I highly recommend "Like Mayflies in a Stream" to any who enjoy a good bit of fiction and romance, mixed in with a literal journey through a rich but forgotten culture.
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