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message 1: by Clif, moderator (last edited Nov 01, 2010 07:21AM) (new)

Clif Hostetler (clif_) | 399 comments Mod
This is our "repeat" book for this year (our group has previously read it).
We will meet to discuss the book, Beowulf. Beowulf is the conventional title of an Old English heroic epic poem consisting of 3182 alliterative long lines, set in Scandinavia, commonly cited as one of the most important works of Anglo-Saxon literature. It survives in a single manuscript known as the Nowell Codex. Its composition by an anonymous Anglo-Saxon poet is dated between the 8th and the early 11th century. There are a variety of translations available, any of which are acceptable for our discussion.
The meeting date is December 3, 2010, and the meeting time is 7:00 pm. Our meeting location is the small meeting room at the Plaza Branch Library, 4801 Main St., Kansas City, MO.

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Clif Hostetler (clif_) | 399 comments Mod
What a coincidence! The following was on my PageADay Book Lover's Calendar for today. It's a review of Heaney's translation of Beowulf:
“Grendel was the name of this grim demon haunting the marches, marauding round the heath and the desolate fens.” What finer way can there be to found a great world literature (somewhere between A.D. 600 and 1000) than with the awesome monster and his monstrous mother? Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney does the honors in this widely acclaimed translation that brings to life a dark and primitive world full of honor and grandeur.
BEOWULF: A NEW VERSE TRANSLATION, by Anonymous, translated from the Old English by Seamus Heaney (Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2000)

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