I picked this book up at the dollar store, yep that's right for $1.00. I had never read a book written by Joan London.
The story is absolutely wonderful. The story takes on an adventure during WWII, it starts on a small farm in Australia where a girl meets two soldiers who awe her with stories from their travels in Mesopotamia and the story of Gilgamesh. Enchanted with the tales she later, as a grown woman, takes her and her son on a voyage by train to the far off exotic location but gets trapped in Soviet Armenia during the war. The reader follows her through her trials as she tries to return back to her small home in Australia. This book was an absolutely wonderful piece of literature.
This book was very well rounded, if all stories were this good I would never put a book down!
"This is a writer who understands both the power of myth in our lives and the ties which bind humanity, from the heartlands of conflict to the furthest-flung reaches of the planet."--_Bulletin_ (Australia)