I must admit, I am behind on these posts and in my reading. Anyways, here are two books that I read, The Bishop’s Man by Linden MacIntyre and the Epic Of Gilgamesh, the R.K. Sanders edition.
I was not a fan of the Bishop’s Man in particular, though it did give me a different perspective on clergy in the Canadian context, and how one perceives the entire idea of loneliness that many clergy must take up. I often thought it was something sought after, but now I am of the mindset it is a difficult challenge. Here is one particular quote that resonated with me from the book:
…words in the absence of action are meaningless. Someday, I’ll dare to say that somewhere. page 49.
Don’t get me wrong. The book was quite good, but my mind was on other things while I was reading it. I highly recommend it nonetheless.
The Epic of Gilgamesh, a story with many similiarties to the Greek Odyseus, the Greek Hercules, the Judeo-Christian shared flood and creation stories, as well as the serpent jeopardizing man’s life. It is seen as really the first story from the first civilization of Uruk, or Ur, but this is a highly contentious fact and I am not here to argue. What I am here to say is that this story was enjoyable, and the repition common in these type of previous oratory stories is marvelous. Here is some parts I enjoyed in it:
100-You will never find the life for which you are searching.This was Shamash speaking of Gilgamesh’s ultimate upcoming demise and failed travels. Gilgamesh’s response: How that I have toiled and strayed to far over the wilderness, am I to sleep, and let the earth cover my head for ever? Let my eyes see the sun until they are dazzled with looking. Although I am no better than a dead man, still let me see the light of the sun.
When I read that, I think I mirrored the cartoon-jaw on the floor image. I mean, yes, I have heard things like that before. But when one reads something in a book, it is as if the authors are bestowing lessons that it took them years to come to, and you get it in a second. It is like Kurt Vonnegut says in Breakfast of Champions regarding anger and art. I will not spoil that scene, but it is equally good. Regarding Gilgamesh’s struggle to continue, I am amazed. Gilgamesh does die (spoiler?) but I have learned something here. These Sumerian authors taught me something I should take in with strides concerning my next failures, continue. Do not just rest in the Earth. For even Gilgamesh says, We shall all return to dust some day.
On another note, since I haven’t been so active on the blog, I had to be doing something else. I did a poem, so here it is! Enjoy:):