Grendel

Grendel The first and most terrifying monster in English literature from the great early epic Beowulf tells his side of the story in a book William Gass called one of the finest of our contemporary fictions
  • Title: Grendel
  • Author: John Gardner
  • ISBN: 9780679723110
  • Page: 253
  • Format: Paperback
  • Grendel
    The first and most terrifying monster in English literature, from the great early epic Beowulf, tells his side of the story in a book William Gass called one of the finest of our contemporary fictions.
    Grendel By John Gardner,

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  • John Gardner

    John Champlin Gardner was a well known and controversial American novelist and university professor, best known for his novel Grendel, a retelling of the Beowulf myth.Gardner was born in Batavia, New York His father was a lay preacher and dairy farmer, and his mother taught English at a local school Both parents were fond of Shakespeare and often recited literature together As a child, Gardner attended public school and worked on his father s farm, where, in April of 1945, his younger brother Gilbert was killed in an accident with a cultipacker Gardner, who was driving the tractor during the fatal accident, carried guilt for his brother s death throughout his life, suffering nightmares and flashbacks The incident informed much of Gardner s fiction and criticism most directly in the 1977 short story Redemption, which included a fictionalized recounting of the accident.From enpedia wiki John_Gar

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  • this review may or may not contain spoilers i assume that most bookish people are familiar with the basic plot elements of beowulf, either through high school required reading or that video game looking movie, or cocktails at the heaney s if not this could ruin everything but it won t ah, existentialism when i was a young lass with my fontanelle as yet unfused when i still liked the doors and books about manson, i dabbled briefly and emotionally in existentialism l enfer c est les autres just so [...]


  • If I could ADOPT that big, lug of a monster, I would be signing the papers right now because Grendel really, really needs a friend something awful That lonely, melancholy maneater gave my soul a migraine and his final haunting words spent me like loose change from the sofa I can t tell you though I m still gonna try how much I loved this book It is definitely being added to my list of ALL TIME FAVORITES I have rarely fallen so completely into a narrative as I did from the very first words of thi [...]


  • Grendel is the ill fated monster from the ancient story, Beowulf This is his tale.There are very few details shared about Grendel in Beowulf I thought that this story would be an opportunity for the reader to get to know him.Unfortunately, we spend most of the time in Grendel s mind, circling endlessly around the ideas of time, brutality, nature and the meaninglessness of existence.I wanted to know about Grendel s mother, but there was very little about her.John Gardner wrote her as some kind o [...]


  • Philosophies clash, along with monsters and men This story of Grendel, told from his point of view, is an unusual amalgamation of Grendel s stream of consciousness thought which becomes clear and organized as Grendel grows and develops about his loneliness and self centeredness, his attempts to make sense of the world, and his cruelty and hatred toward men, while being drawn to them at the same time Grendel watches the Danes at Heorot at night, eyeing the old king, his young wife and family, an [...]


  • During a routine walk from the kitchen to the main room, he stopped mid stride and suddenly realized that no actual speech had escaped his mouth in what was, sadly, many years And even very few non lingual sounds aside from occasional coughs and heavy, anxious breathing ever passed between his lips and the world He scrolled through his long term memory for the last time he d spoken and before reaching a definitive answer he interupted himself with the realization that no matter what the specific [...]


  • Look, I ll be honest I m never going to win a triathlon Yes, scrubbing floors and wrestling dogs keeps me stronger than your average sedentary librivore, but my ecological niche is definitely chair shaped.Even so, I was surprised at how challenging this book was Take this sentence, for example I am aware in my chest of tuberstirrings in the blacksweet duff of the forest overhead.The first time is pretty much bwah The second time, your brain starts to adjust to higher altitude reading You say, ok [...]


  • I feel a little ambivalent about this book It was definitely intellectually appealing, and the conversation that Grendel had with the dragon was very well done But Grendel didn t really do what I expect novels to do it didn t make me care about anything Part of that may be because it s only a meager 174 pages probably technically a novella but I think even in 174 pages Gardner could have engaged the reader .While I was able to scrape away a few enjoyable bits from this book out of sheer force of [...]


  • Every once in a while a book comes along that is so beautifully written it shames me to think I should ever consider putting verse to paper This is one such book m


  • A curious yet compelling read It tells the story of Beowulf, but from the perspective of the monster, Grendel Grendel, whose only companion is his taciturn mother, is a lonely creature, and each chapter is an excerpt from his solitary musings as he attempts to make sense of the world and his place in it As such he is psychotic, but he is also very young, an adolescent, which elicits a reluctant sympathy in the reader He is fascinated by the world of men, with their coordinated purposeful activit [...]


  • Beowulf is a an 11c heroic epic poem, written in England, in old English, by newly Christianised monks, but set in Scandinavia If one can t handle the Nowell Codex, the film does a pretty good raconteur job.Grendel 1971 , of course, precedes both the film and Zen and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance 1974 which subsequently utilises similar techniques interweaving highly theoretical discourse with quotidian and utilitarian undertakings.Effectively, Gardner takes up Beowulf a millennium post part [...]


  • After reading Beowulf in my Brit Lit class, I was turned onto Grendel , by my English teacher I truly love this book, and the way that John Gardner plays with the character Grendel, and the humor within the writing After all Grendel was just a misunderstood pagan monster What s a monster to do


  • This smallish book, published in 1972, is an interesting exercise in examining a well known story from an unexpected viewpoint in this case it s Beowulf retold by the monster Grendel It could have been a bit naff, like one of those awful reinventions that certain novelists seem to knock off every couple of months, like Hamlet narrated by Ophelia And actually I didn t really like it at first, for exactly the reason that it seemed a bit gimmicky But by the end and it s not a long book , it becomes [...]


  • Grendel is a retelling of the epic poem Beowulf from the point of view of the monster, Grendel The poem was written in Old English sometime between the 8th and 11th Century The monster had been attacking the Scyldings in the mead hall of Hrothgar, the king of the Danes The hero Beowulf, a Geat, destroyed Grendel Although the poem Beowulf also tells of further adventures of the hero, the retelling ends with the death of Grendel.In Grandel the narrator monster has been living in a cave with his mo [...]


  • Grendel is John Gardner s endeavor to squeeze as many schools of thought nihilism, existentialism, solipsism, you name it into 174 short pages The result is an intense and quirky philosophical treatise on beauty, evil, culture, love, and humanity s search for meaning or meaninglessness that raises several uncomfortable questions why do I feel compassion and empathy for a bloodthirsty monster Why are some people good and others evil What makes an action or character moral or immoral What gives li [...]


  • my thanks to Rich for the Christmas gift It s sort of weird that I ve never read this book before Having grown up with an English teacher for a father, I ve known the story of Beowulf ever since I watched an 8mm film project one of his students made, the chief special effect of which involved flushing a yearbook photo of the boy who played Beowulf down the toilet in order to simulate the hero s diving into the haunted mere I ve known about John Gardner s retelling of the story from the monster s [...]


  • This book was one of great self discovery John Gardner takes us through the highs and lows of a beings life that has been forsaken by society Taking philosophical ideas as a guideline, Grendel struggles with the thought of existence and meaning in his life With two different kinds of influences pulling at him from both directions, Grendel must find the side where he belongs the most I think the book could relate to people s own struggles with meaning and that even though the book was written in [...]


  • I m not sure of what to think of this book The style shifts a lot, and clearly Gardner put a lot of work and thought both to its narrative construction and to the themes he was covering in the book That being said, I was aware of how the book was written rather than why The words and the construction of the narrative got very much in the way I was too aware of them It seemed very skeletal, not a whole lot of flesh or life to it There is a lot of philosophy, and its introduction seems forced It [...]


  • The novel opened as a wittily irreverent light read 174 pages of a cynical monster, I thought How bad can this be Little did I know that John Gardner would soon give my mind an obscene little kick and that I d be unceremoniously thrown headfirst into a philosophical powerhouse Grendel s strength lies not in the complexity of its prose although the two UNCLOSED PARENTHETICAL ASIDES still infuriate me to no end , but rather in its capacity to force readers to reflect on themselves, their roles in [...]


  • Grendel is a brilliant retelling of the Old English poem Beowulf from the perspective of the monster Immediately, Gardner s first person voice enticed me into the story, and his lyrical prose, poetic sensibility, and articulate language kept me reading, as did his breath taking existential meditations on the nature of good and evil, the power of art and story telling, our constructions of religion and heroism, and the meaning of life This short book has jumped onto my list of favourites, and it [...]


  • John Gardner s Grendel takes readers on a journey for meaning Grendel, the protagonist, uses the plot of the novel to find a purpose in a world that has left him alone and isolated However, Grendel is not alone, Gardner teaches readers that everyone has trouble finding meaning in a sometimes cruel world It s not only the low life Grendel , it s also the elites Hrothulf Gardner leaves readers with the same question, what is our purpose in life Why are we here In all, Grendel is a compelling novel [...]


  • John Gardner s Grendel dives head first into the world of existentialism and attempts to answer the age old question of what is the meaning of life Readers are taken on a journey to seek this answer through the epitome of an outcast, the monstrous Grendel, who wrestles with grasping his own identity in the world The struggle between nihilism and the existence of a meaningful purpose in life is clearly on display through the trials and tribulations of Grendel s life While the premise of Grendel s [...]


  • Grendel, John Gardner s complex brainchild, is a philosophically deep novel that delves into many of the avenues of contemporary thought This Beowulf spin off deftly explores what it means to be human, but at times it feels as if Gardner goes out of his way to be overly philosophical At the risk of providing a spoiler, was it necessary to insert nihil ex nihilo at the end of a chapter The actions of that chapter proved that nothing comes from nothing, but the insertion of that phrase illustrates [...]


  • Gardner s retelling of Beowulf not only alters the lens on the classic hero, but on humanity in its most complex form Tackling the way we define evil , Grendel s unconventional, antiheroic journey has readers shamelessly rooting for a blood thirsty monster Gardner crafts a careful tale of death and redemption, but takes on such a swirl of conflicting ideals, nihilism, existentialism, solipsism, even the human condition, that it becomes hard to keep up Poor Grendel grapples with the consequences [...]


  • History could very well be interpreted as a stream of stories penned by victors There have been battles,coups and epoch changing events and almost all of which have been stories told by those left alive or those left on the winning pedestals Did anyone tell us much about Ravana s thoughts as his entire kingdom was ground to dust by a man and his army of simians What of Ernst Blofeld whose plans were doused in hot water by a dapper Brit I could go on but the point I want to convey is that everyon [...]


  • Something I had forgotten in the 20 or so years since last I d read Grendel, was that it is not a necessarily a book about the solipsism of the monster No, Grendel is largely unconcerned with whether not the Scyldings exist his struggle is not with existence 1 but rather one with alienation and isolation In some ways, he is the ultimate outsider not human enough for the Scyldings, too human for the animals the only ones that will speak with him are an aloof dragon 2 and a senile deranged priest [...]


  • Grendel can t settle on a single idea or voice Whiny, self involved and tediously poetic, this retelling of the epic Beowulf from the monster s point of view is full of existentialist pity parties the dragon gives a tiresome lecture on the brevity of the universe and anachronistic outbursts Grendel suddenly gives the empty sky an upraised middle finger Eventually the rapidly shifting topics and themes blurs together into an unholy literary drone Blah blah blah nihilism blah blah blah mythology b [...]


  • What beautiful prose What a twisted idea for a narrator giving voice to Grendel, who is fully aware of how others see him And even when he describes his rides on the mead halls, when he commits murder with obvious contentment, he still earns the readers sympathy, or at least some of it Grendel is a compelling study in our own understanding of humanity, but it s just half of the story And I don t mean Beowulf, but Grendel s mother, the queen, the invisible women who are either prizes or victims o [...]


  • Within the sometimes cryptic pages of John Gardner s Grendel is a philosophically reflective novel that challenges the moral scrutiny of human beings in a literary analysis of what s good and evil The juxtaposition of good and evil forces or characters has been illustrated within works of literature for centuries, but Grendel takes the initiative in reversing our expectations of moral standards, as we follow the surprisingly intellectual journey of an ancient monster Sure, many of Grendel s mind [...]


  • Get ready for the best existential crisis of your life as you dig deep into your own morals and those of society.John Gardner s Grendel is a masterpiece which represents what it feels to be conflicted, lonely, guilty and relevant through Grendel s liminal lifestyle Fascinated, but rejected by the humans the struggles faced by Grendel are relevant to us than one could ever imagine Grendel battles through his own dragon and multiple philosophical ideas and you will too in search for the true mean [...]


  • Marvelous Everyone but me, it seemed, who was around in the early 70 s, read Grendel I don t think I really even knew what Beowulf was all about back then, so wasn t interested So now I m glad to come to Grendel after many connections to the source I work with someone who is getting her masters in English Lit, and she complained about reading Beowulf papers as a T.A that were all about how Grendel felt She was at first confused about the reason for this not having come of age until Gardner s boo [...]


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