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Grendel by John Gardner
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Mar 02, 2012

really liked it
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Who doesn't like a good monster tale? Certainly not I, especially when the tale is told by none other than the foul, cruel, and sometimes poetic beast of Beowulf fame, Grendel. Grendel is great in this comedic telling of his life, watching as the humans grow in strength, and how he hesitantly becomes their tormentor. All Grendel wants to do is learn a little more about their ways, perhaps just join in a party or two; is that too much to ask for? Apparently so, as the humans keep on attacking him. And why? What did he do that was all that bad? Sure he eats someone here or there, but he rations, mostly so that his source of entertainment does not diminish, but they do not need to know that. Grendel is great, and in my opinion much easier to read than Beowulf, and I am a fan of the epic tale. Even if you are not familiar with Beowulf you can still enjoy this book, although you may miss out of some of the humor paralleling the original tale.

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