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Grendel is a beautiful and heartbreaking modern retelling of the Beowulf epic from the point of view of the monster, Grendel, the villain of the 8th-century Anglo-Saxon epic. This book benefits from both of Gardner's careers: in addition to his work as a novelist, Gardner was a noted professor of medieval literature and a scholar of ancient languages. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
George Guidall's crusty but spirited narration is perfectly suited for the monster Grendel. Gardner's 1971 classic takes the Anglo Saxon Beowulf epic and uses varying translations of the poem and other writings from the period to tell the story from the poor monster's viewpoint. Most first-person narratives translate well to the audio format, and Grendel especially enchants, casting a spell not unlike a grown-up "Lord of the Rings." The monster observes humans from a revealing and telling vantage. Just like a child in the schoolyard, Grendel picks up certain curse words and takes joy in repeating them. This has resulted in Gardner's book being challenged at the many schools where it is rightfully part of the curriculum. Guidall's voice is familiar enough for a still-fresh tale. This is storytelling at its best.?Gerald A. Notaro, Univ. of South Florida, St. Petersburg
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
This is a great reworking of Beowulf. I read it before I read the original, and drove my Anglo-Saxon classmates in university completely crazy because I continued to root for the... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Eli Graham
Clever, touching, creative, and thought-provoking, _Grendel_ is a work of art that, through the perspective of a naive monster, comments on the hypocrisy and anthropocentric nature... Read morePublished on June 15 2004 by Caradae Linore
This book made the wings of my nostrils flare like an angry priests.Published on Feb. 25 2004 by Tablet Pen
The idea of a book about the other side of Beowulf intrigued me. John Gardner depicts Grendel and not the epitome of evil, but a complicated creature that is both humanistic and... Read morePublished on Nov. 29 2003 by sporkdude
I found John Gardener's Grendel to be a very good read. It was the kind of book that you could just read, and leave it at that, or you could also go deep into it and discuss it in... Read morePublished on Nov. 6 2003
Spinning-off from human history's original epic, Grendel tells the story from the monster's perspective. Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2003
John Gardner's GRENDELis a retelling of the epic poem BEOWULF from the monster's point of view. It paints a touching picture of Grendel's (the monster) struggle between his need to... Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2003
I read beowulf before reading grendal as everyone should. grendal is the perfect villain he is tormented inside and in turn takes pleaqsure in causing others pain. Read morePublished on Oct. 31 2003