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Grendel

Gardner, John (Book - 1989)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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The first and most terrifying monster in English literature, from the great early epic BEOWULF, tells his side of the story.
Authors: Gardner, John, 1933-1982
Title: Grendel
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 1989, c1971
Edition: Vintage Books ed
Characteristics: 174 p. :,ill. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: John Gardner; illustrated by Emil Antonucci
Summary: The first and most terrifying monster in English literature, from the great early epic BEOWULF, tells his side of the story.
ISBN: 0679723110
9780679723110
Branch Call Number: FICTION GARDNER 1989
Subject Headings: Monsters Fiction Beowulf Adaptations
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction
Topical Term: Monsters
LCCN: 85040133
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Beowulf is the earliest recorded piece of Western Literature. Even this early story has a villain who has his own motivations for acting as he does.

Beowulf is the earliest recorded piece of Western Literature. Even this early story has a villain who has his own motivations for acting as he does.


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Nov 09, 2011
  • MeeisLee rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

"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." -Amazon.com

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I found Grendel to be an interesting take on the Beowulf epic. I actually read Grendel before reading Beowulf, and it changed how I viewed the original epic. Grendel, a monster, reflects some of the confusion and questioning present in humans. The setting is in 4th century AD in Denmark but his language is obviously modern. I don't think it takes away from the story as I found the old English in Beowulf overbearing and confusing.

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