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Author: John Gardner
The Beowulf legend retold from the monster's point of view. It deserves a place on the same shelf as LORD OF THE FLIES, CAT'S CRADLE, and CATCHER IN THE RYE." Christian Science Monitor "This is a marvelous novel, absolutely marvelous... I cannot recommend it too highly." Peter Prescott, Newsweek
ISBN: 143226
Publication Date: 2/1972
Pages: 152
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 2 ratings
Publisher: Ballantine Books
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
Members Wishing: 0
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Helpful Score: 3
Being an english teacher and studying Beowulf, this point-of-view reversal is amazing!
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Helpful Score: 3
It was really different reading for me, but I enjoyed it.
Hophead avatar reviewed Grendel on + 283 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
My son had to read this in his high school British Literature class so I thought I'd give it a go and it is WAY better than Beowulf, which I had to read! Grendel is a sympathetic monster whose observations on humans are cagily insightful, and the Zodiac theme makes the book more enjoyable if you know to look for it. Recommended.
catscritch avatar reviewed Grendel on + 158 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
An unusual adaptation of Beowulf ledgend as written from the Monster's point of view. Man's natural instinct to kill what he doesn't understand is oft-times the impetus to the monsterous nature of the beast. Grendel deserves his say and gets it in this slim volume as told from the other side of the nightmare.
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Helpful Score: 1
I always feel bad for beowulf and grendel, but well written and liked.
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