Library staff recommendation: Grendel

by John Gardner
Greenfield Open Stacks 813 G174g

Based on the epic Beowulf, John Gardner shows us the perspective of one of the most renowned monsters in Western literature. A creature filled with rage, self-loathing, and self-pity, Grendel struggles to find a purpose and meaning to his isolated and vengeful life, long before his fateful meeting with the ancient epic hero. Gardner’s language is evocative, vicious, and devastating, and creates a portrait of a monster with all-too-human emotions – envy, jealousy, fear, and the desire to find and meet one’s destiny.

Recommended by Mike Sgier
Recommended by Mike Sgier

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