I'm about to start this. Thoughts?

I'm about to start this.
Thoughts?

  1. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    didnt john gardener get BTFOd by william gass or was that a different john

  2. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    My favorite book. It will read more strongly if you're aware that its a frame narrative representing the Western Zodiac, and of course of you have recently read Beowulf and the work is fresh in your mind.

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      Ive never read Beowulf but I watched this movie. I really like it.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous

        You should read Heaney's Beowulf then.

        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Is it written like a normal book?

          • 2 weeks ago
            Anonymous

            Yeah it's a pretty straightforward narrative. The only unfamiliar literary devices for an English speaker might be the use of some epithets (like calling the ocean "whale roads") but if you have a functioning brain you can figure those out from context.

            • 2 weeks ago
              Anonymous

              I'm interested, but i'll probably read it after Grendel

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                You're going to get virtually nothing out of Grendel without the context of Beowulf. Grendel is a literary deconstruction of the Beowulf myth and more broadly the Campbellian Hero's Journey.

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                Maybe I'll read Beowulf first. Can I just rewatch the movie?

                If Grendel is meant to be Sartre, then is the dragon Heidegger? I haven't read him but from what I've heard about Heidegger's concepts, the dragon's monologue seems very reminiscent of him. Grendel also asks the dragon for advice which I thought might be a nod to Heidegger's influence on Sartre. Kind of a funny idea to write a book where mythical characters speak and think like 20th century philosophers

                I'm aware of Grendel representing absurdism and the Dragon representing material nihilism, but I haven't heard of the characters representing discrete historical figures.

                I dont know anything about philosophy. Will I like this book?

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                The movie is atrocious. Just read the book, its not hard.
                You will not appreciate Grendel fully without prior knowledge of its framing devices and themes, but Grendel is a short read and you don't need to know all the subtext to grasp the story. Its multi-layered, but fairly approachable at the surface level.

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                I love that movie

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                But I think i'll read Beowulf, sounds like an interesting read too.

              • 2 weeks ago
                Anonymous

                It has plenty of philosophical contemplation but it's pretty accessible

                That cover is trash

                It's a little silly but I think it's great

  3. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    If Grendel is meant to be Sartre, then is the dragon Heidegger? I haven't read him but from what I've heard about Heidegger's concepts, the dragon's monologue seems very reminiscent of him. Grendel also asks the dragon for advice which I thought might be a nod to Heidegger's influence on Sartre. Kind of a funny idea to write a book where mythical characters speak and think like 20th century philosophers

    • 2 weeks ago
      Anonymous

      I'm aware of Grendel representing absurdism and the Dragon representing material nihilism, but I haven't heard of the characters representing discrete historical figures.

      • 2 weeks ago
        Anonymous
        • 2 weeks ago
          Anonymous

          Very interesting, thanks. It makes sense for Grendel, who is an intellectual immoralist, to be based on someone like Sartre.

  4. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    That cover is trash

  5. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Is this the guy that spams his other works on here?

  6. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    Good book, definitely worth reading

  7. 2 weeks ago
    Anonymous

    The 1981 animated movie starring Peter Ustinov is great, and hardly anyone has seen it. GRENDEL GRENDEL GRENDEL is the title, has some wacky musical numbers. Loved it as a kid. AFAIK it's the only adaptation of the book, rather than versions of Beowulf

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