Grendel by John Gardner

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6 Critic Reviews

...John Garner tries to give Grendel a hip feeling by contrasting the traditional and formal with the contemporary and informal. It's a technique that Buffy's Joss Whedon can do in his sleep, but Gardner’s attempts come across as jarring and clumsy.
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Synopsis

The first and most terrifying monster in English literature, from the great early epic Beowulf, tells his own side of the story in a book William Gass called "one of the finest of our contemporary fictions."


From the Trade Paperback edition.
 

About John Gardner

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Thriller writer John Gardner (1926-2007) had fifty-five books to his credit when he passed away, many of them bestsellers, which include his trilogy of James Moriarty novels.
 
Published May 21, 2010 by Vintage. 194 pages
Genres: History, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Humor & Entertainment. Fiction
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Critic reviews for Grendel
All: 6 | Positive: 5 | Negative: 1

Kirkus

Above average
Reviewed by Kirkus Reviews on Mar 29 2012

...Gardner demonstrates his agility at juggling metaphysical notions while telling a diverting tale. Here he has used as a means of discovering man's unsavory ways that muzziest of monsters, Grendel, from the Beowulf chronicle.

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Blog Critics

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Reviewed by Paul De Angelis on Sep 30 2008

...John Garner tries to give Grendel a hip feeling by contrasting the traditional and formal with the contemporary and informal. It's a technique that Buffy's Joss Whedon can do in his sleep, but Gardner’s attempts come across as jarring and clumsy.

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Examiner

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Reviewed by Sean Chumley on Aug 18 2011

In turns funny, deeply moving, and insightful, Gardner's take on the monster brings new life into an old classic.

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Book Reporter

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Reviewed by Bookreporter on Aug 01 2012

...this intelligent novel is a prime example of the depths of thought and study one can achieve in a fantasy setting. Grendel has long been the most popular of John Gardner's works, and for good reason.

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SF Site

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Reviewed by Chris Przybyszewski on Feb 24 2013

John Gardner's Grendel, which is part of the Fantasy Masterworks Series, is a full blown fabulist achievement that highlights a capability intrinsic to fantasy, but which is found sparingly in realist fiction.

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Helium

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Reviewed by EJ Young on Aug 18 2009

This book is a fairly quick read, but you will need the tissue box if you allow yourself into the heart of Grendel. If you look at the world through his eyes, see what he sees, hear what he hears...

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