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John Gardner (1) (1933–1982)

Autor(a) de Grendel

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John Gardner (1) foi considerado como pseudónimo de John C. Gardner.

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Obras por John Gardner

Foram atribuídas obras ao autor também conhecido como John C. Gardner.

Grendel (1971) 6,001 exemplares
The Art of Fiction (1984) 2,042 exemplares
On Becoming a Novelist (1983) 991 exemplares
October Light (1976) 641 exemplares
The Life and Times of Chaucer (1977) 601 exemplares
The Sunlight Dialogues (1972) 586 exemplares
On Moral Fiction (1978) 488 exemplares
Nickel Mountain (1973) 451 exemplares
Freddy's Book (1981) 371 exemplares
Mickelsson's Ghosts (1982) 341 exemplares
The King's Indian (1976) 242 exemplares
On Writers and Writing (1994) 223 exemplares
In the Suicide Mountains (1977) 208 exemplares
The Wreckage of Agathon (1970) 198 exemplares
Jason and Medeia (1973) 160 exemplares
The Resurrection (1762) 96 exemplares
Stillness and Shadows (1986) 55 exemplares
The Poetry of Chaucer (1977) 36 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 1982 (1982) — Editor — 29 exemplares
Vlemk the Box-Painter (1979) 21 exemplares
The Forms of Fiction (1962) 15 exemplares
Lies! Lies! Lies (1999) 10 exemplares
William Wilson (1979) 6 exemplares
Poems (1978) 5 exemplares
Frankenstein (1979) 4 exemplares
Rumpelstiltskin (1980) 3 exemplares
The Temptation Game (1980) 2 exemplares
On Books 1 exemplar
Flamboyant Drama 1 exemplar
The Red Napoleon 1 exemplar
MSS, Spring 1981 1 exemplar
Music From Home 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Foram atribuídas obras ao autor também conhecido como John C. Gardner.

The Epic of Gilgamesh (1700) — Tradutor, algumas edições9,795 exemplares
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1380) — Tradutor, algumas edições8,461 exemplares
Eric Carle's Animals Animals (1989) — Contribuidor — 2,160 exemplares
Eric Carle's Dragons, Dragons (1991) — Contribuidor — 704 exemplares
The Literary Ghost: Great Contemporary Ghost Stories (1991) — Contribuidor — 75 exemplares
The Best American Short Stories 1978 (1978) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
Masters of British Literature, Volume A (2007) — Contribuidor — 20 exemplares
Homer's Iliad: The Shield of Memory (1978) — Prefácio, algumas edições5 exemplares


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1970’s American Literature em Name that Book (Julho 2016)


Beowulf's Grendel telling its side of the story. Is Grendel a ferocious monster, a mess-up child of a inattentive mother, or something else? Gardner has kept me confused.
podocyte | 106 outras críticas | Feb 17, 2024 |
This parallel/companion novel to the legendary story of Beowulf is told from Grendel's perspective. Grendel is a monster who lives deep in a cave with his mother, whose precise nature is unclear, though she seems to be large, slow-moving and unable to communicate (in my head she looked something like a giant, monstrous larva, YMMV). Grendel one day ventures beyond the cave to hunt, at which time he encounters humans for the first time. He spends hours, days, years observing them, fascinated — but, you know, being a monster he's also hungry, so he frequently attacks and devours them as well.

The question I kept wondering throughout the book is what exactly is Grendel? He's certainly large and powerful with the ability to tear men limb from limb as easily as snapping a twig. However, he's also impulsive, overconfident and quite childlike at times. Every now and then we get a glimpse of a conscience. As a reader I wavered between sympathy (is it his fault he is the way he is?) and horror (so much violence and gore). The narrative occasionally wanders into philosophical territory, where I have to admit my eyes may have glazed over temporarily until the linear narrative resumed. I approached Grendel with a familiarity of Beowulf limited to what I had gleaned exclusively via cultural osmosis, so naturally I'm now significantly more curious to learn more about the original work.
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ryner | 106 outras críticas | Jan 21, 2024 |
4.5/5 Having taught BEOWULF for a number of years to my sophomore honors, why didn't I have them read this, too? This book is not simply a retelling of BEOWULF from the monster's point of view; it is highly intellectual and philosophical as Grendel seeks to find some sort of meaning to his life. Drawn to and repulsed by humans, he reminds me of Frankenstein's creature, who also seeks the purpose to his existence. Several philosophies are explored here, most of which I can't wait to look into. The trope of reading a story from the supposed villain's point of view is not new, but it is absolutely heart-wrenching here. I dare anyone who reads this not to be touched by Grendel's utter isolation and loneliness. What a read.… (mais)
crabbyabbe | 106 outras críticas | Jan 18, 2024 |
Tentative rating. Will give it another try.
A.Godhelm | 106 outras críticas | Oct 20, 2023 |


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