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.
Local Note: 15 16 17 24 27 29 53 71 74 109 112 113 118 129 148 152 153 167 172 173 175 210 216 242 250 263 264 274
ISBN: 9780679723110
Statement of Responsibility: John Gardner; illustrated by Emil Antonucci
Subject Headings: Heroes Fiction. Dragons Fiction. Monsters Fiction. Epic poetry, English (Old) Adaptations. Beowulf Adaptations.
Genre/Form: Fantasy fiction-1989.
Historical fiction-1989.
Topical Term: Heroes
Epic poetry, English (Old)
LCCN: 85040133
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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


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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