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World renowned critic John Gardner has received prestigious awards for his wide range of literary achievements, including short stories, novels, and essays. When he turns his talents to retelling Beowulf, the earliest epic in British literature, the result is a work that combines extensive knowledge with a marvelous strain of pure fun.

In Gardner's version of the epic, instead of lauding the helmeted hero, Beowulf, the spotlight shines on Grendel, a beast whose grotesque body and blood thirst condemn him to the life of an outlaw. Grendel is a horrible monster who greedily gobbles up warriors in the Danish mead hall guarded by Beowulf. But within Grendel lurks a soul that delights in dark humor, dramatic pirouettes, and pranks. Both young adult and adult listeners will revel in this powerful complement to a classic tale.

George Guidall's narration captures a surreal landscape that shimmers on the other side of the original epic's heroic mirror. What we see is that there's a little bit of Grendel living is each of us.

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Joshua | 5/24/2011

    " Without a doubt my favorite book since reading it for the fist time in high school and it has remained unchallenged ever since. Grendel's musings are the building blocks of both legendary wit and despair. I'll write more another time. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Catherine | 5/15/2011

    " It has been years, decades, since I read this but I recall loving it. Must read again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Sarah | 5/4/2011

    " Amazing book - really brings something to life. Shame the author died (motorcycle accident) as I'd like him to have written more. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Les | 4/29/2011

    " There's a reason this is considered a classic. It is! "

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