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Grendel - John Gardner

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Genre: Sci-Fi / Fantasy / Author: John Gardner / Paperback / 144 Pages / Book is published 2004-08-12 by Gollancz

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      08.05.2010 22:16
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      A truly great read

      Everybody likes an epic story that's well written; you know, the kind of stories that get you interested and involved with the protagonist and sometimes the ancillary characters as they live, thrive/die and do their thing.

      There's many epic tales that are good, there's some that are awful (anything with Kevin J Anderson as author or co-author) but beautiful in scope and overall impression/story arc.

      Beowulf is the best, the oldest and lets call it the first European epic (Gilgamesh & Enkil came some time before). We're all pretty familiar with this timeless tale and if you're not, rent one of the movies - it's okay, it's all good!.

      Gardner's Grendel is supposed to be read as a companion piece to the original Beowulf or at least the assumption is made that the reader is familiar with the story (it's still very enjoyable if you're totally unfamiliar with it).

      It's brilliant. It really is, it's - as you can probably guess from the title - all about the beast that is Grendel. Only thing is, Grendel isn't that much of a beast. No, I'm serious. Grendel is a solipsist.

      From the very beginning; chucking rocks at horny goats to the end (makes me think of Fargo for some reason), it's a riveting read and surprisingly brief and easy going.

      I'm giving nothing away, it's the tale of the monster vs the hero. The conclusion is foregone (and explained in the book too).

      John Gardener has written an amazing book here, it deals with a surprising number of issues and themes from finding meaning in life, morality and philosophy

      It's a good book. You can buy it on ebay or amazon (maybe play too?) for a pittance. Go on, open a seperate tab on your browser and surf to it right now and buy it. Go on or at least buy the movie 'Grendel Grendel Grendel' if you can find it!


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