#Staffpick: The Buried Book: the loss and rediscovery of the great Epic of Gilgamesh by David Damrosch

The Buried Book: the loss and rediscovery of the great Epic of Gilgamesh by David Damrosch.
315 pages. Holt. 2007.
9780805080292
Non-fiction. Assyriology.
Available in Book and Audiobook formats.

As fall approaches, you may be reminded of the return to academia and be looking for a read that satisfies the intellect- why not pick up The Buried Book by David Damrosch? Time travel to the Victorian era and experience the then-emerging discipline of archaeology. Take part in the excavation of cuneiform tablets and uncover the secrets of these precious artifacts. Watch as Queen Victoria sends an army of thirteen thousand to rescue eight British Subjects. This book is a wonderful blend of Victorian era archaeology, and ancient cultural history. The author skillfully blends the posh flavour of 19th century aristocracy with the bloody violence of the burgeoning Mesopotamian civilization. Damrosch offers the reader an education that feels like effortless entertainment in this bold exploration of our past. Readers who enjoyed Wade Davis’ Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory, and the Conquest of Everest will find themselves at home in this work. Lovers of Wilbur Smith’s historical fiction will find this true life adventure engaging. Put on your tweed, pour a cup of tea, and immerse yourself in the rediscovery of the first epic…