Teaser Tuesday #41 – Grendel

Posted 2 December, 2014 by Linda @ (un)Conventional Bookworms in Memes, Teaser Tuesday / 30 Comments

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Teaser Tuesday is a weekly bookish meme, hosted by MizB of Should Be Reading. Anyone can play along! Just do the following:

  • Grab your current read
  • Open to a random page
  • Share two (2) “teaser” sentences from somewhere on that page

BE CAREFUL NOT TO INCLUDE SPOILERS! (make sure that what you share doesn’t give too much away! You don’t want to ruin the book for others!)
Share the title and author, too, so that other Teaser Tuesday participants can add the book to their TBR Lists if they like your teasers.

Teaser Tuesday #41 – Grendel

Grendel cover - (un)Conventional Bookviews

Grendel – John Gardner

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

My Teaser:

[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”450px” height=”” background_color=”#e0c0d7″ border_width=”1″ border_color=”674ea7″ ]I am straining, tasting that echo a second longer. If I can hold it… familiar if I can hold it…[/dropshadowbox]

I’m reading Grendel for my Romance and Its Remediation class, and I have to do an in-class presentation next week. It’s rather interesting to read a whole novel from Beowulf’s monster’s point of view.

What’s your teaser today? Please share – it’s not as if a few more books on my TBR mountain will make that big of a difference 😉

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30 responses to “Teaser Tuesday #41 – Grendel

    • It was actually very interesting, Karen and Gerard 🙂 Especially because I got the first person POV of the ‘monster’ from Beowulf, it made me feel for him in a way I never did when I read the original poem.

    • I wasn’t really familiar with it until one of my professor’s said it was needed for class, but I’m very happy I read it, Deasy.

  1. If you don’t review Grendel here, will you chat offline with me about it, please? I’ve read Beowulf 3 times…I have an affinity for the story. 🙂 I wrote my Senior theme on it. So I’d be very interested on your thoughts about Grendel and whether or not I should read it. 🙂 Thanks for sharing the tease, Lexxie!!

    And good luck on your presentation, too! Happy Tuesday, my dear!! *BIG HUGS*

    • That’s why this was so interesting, Laura, everything happens in first person point of view from Grendel’s perspective!

  2. Interesting! I read the original story years ago but don’t remember a lot… this looks like a neat take on it. Good luck with the presentation- I always hated those. 🙂

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    • It’s very different from the original Beowulf, Greg, not only because it’s written in prose and not in verse, but because the story starts long before Beowulf, and he only shows up in the last few pages.
      Yeah, presentations aren’t among my favourite things to do either, but I don’t really have a choice 🙂

    • The creature on the cover is the one the quote comes from, Freda, and that’s partly why I enjoyed Grendel so much – philosophical thoughts from a monster who eats men for fun!

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