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Beowulf, an Anglo-Saxon poem of epic scope, dates back to the year 850 and marks the beginning of the English literary tradition. This revised edition of Michael Alexander's acclaimed verse translation makes accessible to modern readers the story of the Scandinavian hero Beowulf-slayer of the monster Grendel and Grendel's mother-who becomes a king of Greatland in old age and is mortally wounded in combat with a dragon. A richly allusive narrative, blending history with legend and folklore, Beowulf portrays an ...
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Beowulf, an Anglo-Saxon poem of epic scope, dates back to the year 850 and marks the beginning of the English literary tradition. This revised edition of Michael Alexander's acclaimed verse translation makes accessible to modern readers the story of the Scandinavian hero Beowulf-slayer of the monster Grendel and Grendel's mother-who becomes a king of Greatland in old age and is mortally wounded in combat with a dragon. A richly allusive narrative, blending history with legend and folklore, Beowulf portrays an epic conflict of feast and feud, generosity and vengeance, life and death.

In this new edition for Penguin Classics, Michael Alexander provides a new introduction, bibliography, notes, maps, an index of proper names, genealogical tables, and a fully revised text.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780141026398
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 12/26/2006
  • Series: Penguin Epics Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Product dimensions: 4.58 (w) x 7.16 (h) x 0.34 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 28, 2008

    Spellbinding!

    For a book this small, it is thicker than a series. The story will captivate you from page one and hold your attention in gravely strong hands. I remember reading Beowulf as a child in school but could not remember it's allure and the reason for the epic effect when hearing the name 'Beowulf.' Now I remember. Unlike the movie (which was grade A mythology in my opinion) Beowulf the book portrays a character unlike any other that I've read about in any other epic novel. I was simply blown away. Read it if you dare.

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 23, 2006

    Great story!

    The story of Beowulf is spellbinding and the Barnes and Noble classics series is a wonderful series. However, if you want to really enjoy Beowulf you must read the translation by Seamus Heaney. It really is the ultimate translation!

    6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 26, 2006

    BEOWULF: AN AMAZING STORY

    This book was an amazing read. IT captivates you from the moment that you read the first page. You can relate to the characters, and the author does a great job describing the events in the book. You are able to place your self in the characters body and you can see what he/she is seeing through their eyes.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2006

    Beowulf: An English Literature Classic

    Beowulf, an Anglo-Saxon poem, its origin remaining undated (conjecture abounds as to the period in which it was written), is a supreme example of classic literature. Yes, the epic poem has dragons and demons and some other mythological creatures humans have devised over the centuries however, what astounding story comes without a brilliantly powerful antagonist (or, in Beowulf's case, arch-nemesis)? Footnotes add flavor to this delightful, classical, easy-read epic poem. For readers, English majors, and people seeking a literary thrill, this Anglo-Saxon classic stresses the importance of bravery a genuine understanding of life and death, and that each will visit every mortal being and, finally, the poetic splendor of honor by valor.

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2009

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    An Epic Tale

    This book is a classic and heroic tale, a timeless piece for any book collection or personal library.

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 10, 2010

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    I can't believe more people haven't read this book.

    I got this book before realizing that my 12th grade english class was going to read some of it (out of the literature book). I would have gotten it after knowing anyways because I hate reading stuff out of the literature book (they always simplify everything (such as telling you that Beowulf was written in 900 A.D.; when the actual exact time it was written is a mystery). This is a great book! The background information on characters or objects or places provided in the book are excellent and well-presented. The introduction gives information that will greatly help you to understand the book (characters, ideals, literally devices used, etc.) And, (to top it all off) the size of the book is very convinient to carry around on the go.

    Thank you,

    NickTP

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 19, 2007

    awsome

    a very good book. i bought it cause a friend recommended it. i loved it, just dont go see the movie it is entirly diffrent from this.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2006

    A thrilling read!

    A great classic! The tales of Beowulf's struggles make this book a quick read. I read the abridged version in my English class, and I immediately wanted to know the whole story. This edition was extremely helpful in explaining the difficult parts. It is easy to see why this was a favorite of Tolkien! If you are looking for a story filled with action and adventure, this a perfect choice.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 16, 2005

    A outstanding new Beowulf

    This Beowulf is remarkable for its transparency: instead of an intrusive translator-persona competing with the original, McNamara's energies are entirely directed toward polish: finding the better word, the more harmonious cadence, the more evocative phrase. In so doing, he not only gives the reader a superior view of the letter and spirit of the original, but a superior feeling for Beowulf's poetic intangibles.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 6, 2000

    He has done a wonderful job.

    The original Beowulf was written in Anglo-Saxon, probably around 600 AD. (So it's not really that ancient-- not compared to Rome or Egypt.) Burton Raffel has done an excellent job translating it. The lines are almost musical, and they flow well. The storyline too, is fascinating. It's about a time when warriors were heroes, and cowards and mere murderers were despised. Being a fair maiden, I have a partiality for heroes who slay monsters! All books have 'tastes,' and I think this one tastes good.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2008

    Heroes, Monsters, and Other Good Things

    This book, or poem, is indeed good. It has a complex hero who eventually becomes a king. But just as, if not more, memorable, are the monsters he faces. Grendel, his mother, and the dragon, are all captivating in their own right. One might consider them a metaphor for everyday 'demons'. It also has a religious subtext(as in God made and controls all things). Furthermore, it includes some 'stories-in-stories' so it doesn't just focus on fighting monsters. And yet...I couldn't help but feel sorry for the monsters just a little bit. You may feel differently.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 9, 2007

    Awesome Book

    A friend gave me this book to read, it is interesting. I recommend this book, goes well on a chilling night and warm fire.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2007

    A victory and a paradox

    Although the hero of this story, Beowulf also becomes the victim in a most peculiar way. Read and find out how.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 22, 2007

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    Beowulf is an interesting character. His strength is comparable to that of Hercules. He is self righteous, believing that god itself has given him this power, and guides him upon what he should do with it. But the intentions of which he uses his gift are of a more greedy purpose. Not just to fulfill gods will. But to use his gift to create a name that would last through the sands of time, being remembered for as long as the earth may age. His accomplishments were great, and contained nobility when he dealt with any enemy. Going into a battle with an unfair advantage was unsuitable to Beowulf. His reason partly ego, partly noble, proving that the beast he had slain had been on their own terms. This great warrior purged lands of tainted creatures, created by mans evil, but knew not the limits of his age, or his responsibility to the Geats. This would lead to the downfall of him, and his people. He set off to fight a mighty dragon. Something like his battle with Grendels mother. Which he had barely survived in his youth. Refusal to heed the warnings of those close, allowing his ego to condemn him. But assistance from a loyal follower kept him from dying in vain. Nevertheless the draw between Beowulf and the dragon led to the condemnation of his people. Although his kingdom contained hardy warriors, and great riches. Without the leadership of Beowulf and the fear contained within his allies the Geats could not withstand the numbers which plagued them after his death. His people slaughtered, throne devoured, and allies turned. Not due to the greed of which the dragon held the treasure, not to save innocent lives of which the dragon had taken, or to secure a future for his people, but to keep the preservation of his name.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 21, 2006

    Great telling of the Anchient

    This Book is great. The telling by Mcnammara is awesome and he does a great job to bring you into the story. Always filled with action and undying loyalty and chivalry this book is a sure hit for any adventure enthusiast.

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 17, 2014

    Spain

    Walks in happily eating churros [here is everyone]

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2014

    Spain

    Hola! He smiled happily.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 16, 2014

    Turkey

    He strides in, smiling.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 7, 2014

    Scotland

    *wanders in* <p>

    (IT'S BEEN FOREVER SINCE I RPED LAST! AND I AM TRYING TO RP WITH NEPETA-STYLE RPING NOW????)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 11, 2014

    Argentina OCC

    ((Leaving to Argentina tommorow :3 gonna miss you idiots XD)) He sat down at a table and half-heartedly stirred some soup, his focus of the sky and his own thoughts. He finnaly sighed, standing on the table and straitening the backpack on his back. "Im leaving... tommorow.... I have some buisness" he stopped, holding back tears, "Im leaving because... because" he choked, "Im... going to... to..." he froze, feeling tears start to stain his face, "Ive been acussed of... of assult" he looked down at the table where the tear puddle reflected his green eyes, "and im alone... for assulting Brazil... Paraguay and Uruguay are going against me.... the Putos... oh god.." he sad doubling over and curling into a ball, he rocked back and forth muttering, "Putos... Putos... Alone... Alone..." ((luv u guys, and yes ima boy, and no im not gay.... XD))

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