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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.
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.
I have read but never studied "Beowulf" so I came at this book with something of a handicap which I think meant I missed some of the elements which other reviewers have... Read morePublished 8 hours ago by keetmom
I kept WANTING to love this novel.
I kept waiting for it to become and inside look of Grendel's mind, his thought process, his motives... Read more
Only read this book if you have previously read Beowulf the epic poem, it completely changes your opinion of the world of middle-earth that the Geats and Grendel live.Published 14 days ago by Regina
This book has been described as "a triumph" - and it is. Gardiner's unique perspective transports us into the world of the legendary monster of Beowulf, from the... Read morePublished 18 days ago by Mr Stewart W Osborne
Grendel is not really a story about a monster, it's the story of an isolated person trying to make sense of the world. In that sense, it's a smashing success. Read morePublished 1 month ago by SteelerfaninPeru