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Beowulf by Unknown
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Jan 21, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: schoolreads, poetry, fictions
Read in January, 2008

Beowulf was great. I have no idea how this translation compares to others, but I liked this one just fine. The book is more than just historically interesting, but really is an exciting book. It's a wonderful adventure that - compared to a lot of other poetry - is easy to read and follow. The violence is pretty in your face and gruesome, but if one thinks that it's just a display of primitive barbarism, they'd be mistaken. There is purpose behind Beowulf's actions. It isn't just vikings out butchering each other because there's nothing else to do. There's a system and code of living here that is impressive in its own right. The anxiety of the poem and sense of doom reflects anxieties of the time it was written and even has relevance today. People are always afraid of their culture and way of life changing and disappearing. I guess this story will only increase your own anxiety; Beowulf's culture is dead and gone. Cheery. A fine piece of work.

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