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Grendel

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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I found this book quite confusing. But i am only in 8th grade. The only reason I read this book was because it was on my sister's summer reading list, and she is a senior in high school. Even for not understanding it, i could tell that this was an excellent book. It was...
I found this book quite confusing. But i am only in 8th grade. The only reason I read this book was because it was on my sister's summer reading list, and she is a senior in high school. Even for not understanding it, i could tell that this was an excellent book. It was very well writen. It was also nice to read a book from the villen's point of view. I've always read stories from the hero's perspective, and it was a pleasent change to read the story from the outcast's view. This book was extremly good.

posted by Anonymous on August 5, 2006

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Most Helpful Critical Review

3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Slow and confusing

John Gardner had a creative idea to write the book to let readers see life through Grendel's eyes. However, the book was very long and dragged out. There wasn't a lot of action and fighting scenes as I had expected there to be. It was confusing how Gardner would jump ba...
John Gardner had a creative idea to write the book to let readers see life through Grendel's eyes. However, the book was very long and dragged out. There wasn't a lot of action and fighting scenes as I had expected there to be. It was confusing how Gardner would jump back and forth between flashbacks and current events.

posted by SBuerk on December 11, 2011

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

    Not the Best

    It was a new interesting perspective with twists to an old story, but it just wasn't for me. Most of the book just seemed to be him walking through the woods complaining. And it was a bit cliche, a misunderstood monster that was just looking for love. I'm still glad I read it because it adds more to "Beowulf", but without that I would not recommend it.

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

    Not my Favorite

    This novel amazingly displays conflicts portrayed in the eyes of the monster, which is different from almost all books that I¿ve ever read. I did enjoy a few parts, because it made me think in a way that I'm not accustomed to. However, I felt that the book was difficult to understand due to the way it was written. I don't think it was the worst book that I've ever read, but I wouldn't recommend it to anyone, nor do I wish that I had ever read it. I apologize to John Gardner because it is obvious that he put forth a valiant effort, but I will never consider this a great book.

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  • Posted December 7, 2011

    A Very Average Book

    This book was long, drawn out, and redundant. The character of Grendel can only be explained but so much because he is only a minor character in "Beowulf." It was entertaining for the first two chapters because it was interesting to hear another point-of-view. However, it became more and more boring as the book progressed. I would stick with "Beowulf" and not bother with "Grendel."

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  • Posted December 6, 2011

    yes

    Grendel is a hideous and lonely monster that still lives with his mother in a cave somewhere underwater. He gets his kicks from watching humans, and sometimes killing them simply to mess with them or because it "stimulates" them. That's about all i got from the book, so if you're thinking about reading it no need to because now you know everything you need to. Grendel was just overall boring, and uneventful with a weak plot. Gardner could have done so much better than this. I don't really recommend this book to anyone unless you're looking for a book about a sad, ugly, bloodthirsty creature who seeks companionship.

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  • Posted October 23, 2009

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    Weirdly philosophical, but redundantly boring.

    Who knew that the mind of a monster could be so prosaic. I find in ironic that Grendel is faced with a tedious life style, he realizes it and yet the through that realization and the vain attempts for a normal interesting life the book itself takes a dull and tedious lurch in content with Grendel. The author did do a good job capturing the frustration of the beast but in the end it left me frustrated.

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  • Posted December 1, 2008

    Why John Why?

    The book Grendel is merely a drawn out story about an insane creature from hell. The plot of the book was not interesting at all. The only way I kept reading was the few crazy things Grendel does. Most of the book is just the creature thinking about the world around him. The story becomes trite when you are reminded that Grendel is just a hideous outcast every other paragraph.<BR/> Overall the story could have been much more entertaining. The life of a monster that lives in a cave and just watches people most of the story is not very intriguing. If John Gardner would have added in more parts about the underworld or more interesting things Grendel spends his time doing the story would have been worth reading. I regret choosing to read this book. I am also sorry that John Gardner wasted his time on such a arid and banal piece of work.

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