When Grendel is drawn up from the caves under the mere where he lives with his bloated, inarticulate hag of a mother into the fresh night air, it is ...Show synopsisWhen Grendel is drawn up from the caves under the mere where he lives with his bloated, inarticulate hag of a mother into the fresh night air, it is to lay waste Hrothgar's meadhall and heap destruction on the humans he finds there. What else can he do? For he is not like the men who busy themselves with God, love and beauty. He sees the infuriating human rage for order and recognises the meaninglessness of his own existence. GRENDEL is John Gardner's masterpiece; it vividly reinvents the world of Beowulf. In Grendel himself, a creature of grotesque comedy, pain and disillusioned intelligence, Gardner has created the most unforgettable monster fantasy.Hide synopsis
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Once you read the English poem, Beowulf, and know the basic story line, this book is amazing. Of course, it depends on whether or not you like to analyze books. It's definitely a fun read without analyzation, but chapter five will most certainly fly over your head if you don't understand existentialism and nihilism. It's a great book for AP English Literature students (or anyone looking for a fun parody).
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