Library staff recommendation: Grendel

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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