Beowulf

Beowulf

The earliest extant poem in a modern European language, "Beowulf" is an epic that reflects a feudal, newly Christian world of heroes and monsters, blood, victory, and death. This repackaged Signet classic Includes a Glossary of terms....

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Title:Beowulf
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Genres:Classics
ISBN:Beowulf
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:213 pages pages

Beowulf Reviews

  • Greg
    Sep 11, 2008
    Yeah, yeah it's a 'classic' of literature and all that but what would make this better is if a movie was made of it with some big name talented actors reduced to playing second string to some crappy CGI, now that would be entertaining!! ...
  • J.G. Keely
    May 24, 2007
    There are different ways to translate, and it comes down to what you want to get across. Most creative authors have such a strong voice and sense of story that they will overwhelm the original author. As Bentley wrote of Pope's Iliad: "It is a pretty poem, Mr. Pope, but you must not ca...
  • Seth T.
    Jun 29, 2007
    I've just finished reading Beowulf for the third time! But lo, this reading was in the bold and exciting Beowulf: a New Verse Translation by Seamus Heaney! And what a difference a day makes - Heaney is unstoppable! Rather, he makes Beowulf unstoppable. Unstoppable in his ability to pou...
  • AJ Griffin
    Jul 02, 2007
    If I wrote a list of things I don't give a shit about, I'm pretty sure "some big fucking monster whose name sounds like a word for the area between my balls and my ass that attacks alcoholics and is eventually slain by some asshole, told entirely in some ancient form of English that I ...
  • Michael
    Jan 04, 2008
    I teach Beowulf in my honors class, and it's a tale I've always loved. There's something about the raw power, the direct yet engaging storyline, the rhythm and tone of the story that draws the reader (or, ideally, the listener) into another world. The social conventions, alien in many ...
  • Michael
    Nov 03, 2008
    *bum bum* IN A WORLD . . . *bum bum* . . . FULL OF NASTY MONSTERS . . . *bum bum* . . . WHO EAT PEOPLE AND BREAK INTO CASTLES . . . *bum bum* . . . THE BEASTLY GRENDEL LURKED LONG OVER THE MOORES . . . *bum bum* . . . BUT NOW . . . *Cut to scene of monster ripping someone's face off wi...
  • Steve
    May 17, 2010
    I've read this multiple times. One of the true, original bad asses. 6 stars. OK. Very briefly (in part because I've been very busy), the Heaney version is THE version to read if you're looking for accessibility. Who would have ever thought that such a rough and tumble read would co...
  • Riku Sayuj
    Dec 01, 2011
    We want Tolkien! We want Tolkien! I demand that this be made a top priority, instead of spending millions trashing good books by making movies of them. The coolest thing about Beowulf was the tracing of Tolkien's imaginative journey as I read it. Maybe someday I would like to wri...
  • Riku Sayuj
    Dec 27, 2012
    Could not consider the experience complete without reading Heaney's acclaimed translation. The acclaim was well deserved. This version was much easier to read, less choked by stylistic anachronisms and more alive in every sense. Gummere's translation has an elegance and presence that...
  • Francisco
    Jul 20, 2016
    Beowulf - you might have encountered it at a college English class. Your teacher may have written a few of the original lines of Old English on the blackboard and had you try to decipher them. There was probably lots of history taught in that class: the poem was written by an Anglo-Sax...
  • Alex
    Feb 02, 2010
    Beowulf and his drunk meathead friends are having a loud party, and their neighbor Grendel comes over like hey guys, can you keep it down? - that's funny because actually he eats a bunch of them - and then Beowulf tears his fuckin' arm off and nails it above his door, and honestly nobo...
  • Jeffrey Keeten
    Mar 18, 2011
    ?One of these things, as far as anyone ever can discern, looks like a woman; the other, warped in the shape of a man, moves beyond the pale bigger than any man, an unnatural birth called Grendel by country people in former days. They are fatherless creatures, and their whole ancestry...
  • Aubrey
    Jan 05, 2015
    I doubt I would have liked this so much had The Lord of Rings not been such an essential part of me so early on. Books are the one and only thing that has been mine and my own since the beginning, and the rings, the dragons, the songs of days long lost and the coming of the end have fi...
  • Simona Bartolotta
    Dec 10, 2016
    "But generally the spear is prompt to retaliate when a prince is killed, no matter how admirable the bride may be." I'm astounded by the complexity of this poem. It makes me wish my Germanic philology course lasted forever so we could analyse it word by word, slowly, meticulously,...
  • David Sarkies
    May 17, 2015
    The original fantasy epic 21 May 2015 I am surprised that it has taken me so long to get around to reading this book, particularly since it isn't all that long, and also that I have been a long time fan of the fantasy epic. In fact this was one of Tolkien's major inspirations for ...
  • James
    Mar 11, 2017
    Beowulf is thought to have been written around the year 1000 AD, give or take a century. And the author is the extremely famous, very popular and world renowned writer... Unknown. Got you there, didn't I? LOL Probably not... if you're on Goodreads and studied American or English litera...
  • Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
    Aug 12, 2014
    As a college English major, I studied Beowulf without any great enthusiasm; my real love was for the Romantic poets. And Chaucer, but that might have been partly because I thought it was hilarious that we were studying such bawdy material at BYU. Plus you can still puzzle out The Cante...
  • Wanda
    Dec 23, 2013
    Beowulf is an interesting window into the past?specifically where Christianity and older pagan religions overlapped. It was fascinating to see the older, warrior culture being lived with an overlay of Christianity. But deeds of bravery and being able to hold your liquor whilst on the...
  • Mara
    Jun 27, 2015
    I just love Beowulf and the fact that this pretty short epic inspired so many of my favourite books. Since the moment I read this for uni, it's been one of my favourite poems and I think everyone should at least read this once and realize that this is the start of fantasy, right here. ...
  • Mario
    Oct 10, 2016
    It is always better to avenge dear ones than to indulge in mourning. Well that was a surprise. I didn't expect at all to like this book (well, epic) at all, especially because I read it for university, but I ended up enjoying it quite a bit. I liked the characters, the plot, the s...
  • Puck
    Mar 04, 2019
    Beowulf: the story of Swedish Rambo fighting giant monsters, told in old English verse. This was way more enjoyable than I thought! Who doesn't like a badass monster story where buff Beowulf fights a giant, the giant's mother and a giant dragon? A bloody neck wound is just a scratc...
  • Loretta
    Apr 17, 2018
    I was always quite intimidated by this book. I'm not sure why. Now I realize that my being intimidated by a book, especially by this one, was just ridiculous. What a fabulous, fabulous book! I just loved everything about it! The poetry, the story! Five big ?????'s all the way...
  • MK
    Feb 21, 2019
    . (not done, still reading ... just wanted to copy a note here) ------------------------------------------- There is an explanation on pp. 23-24 of the Introduction (section 9. 'The Poetry'), that for the first time made me understand what the various things I've read, about t...
  • MK
    Feb 27, 2019
    This is actually the edition I'm reading, I accidentally shelved this other one with the brown cover ... don't want to 'switch' to the edition, because there's some really great info from Ian in the comments section for the brown covered edition (thanks, Ian! :) ). So I'll shelve this ...
  • MK
    Mar 02, 2019
    not read yet, just picked up from the library ... --------------------------------- The description for this edition, and credits, here on Goodreads are as follows: Beowulf by Unknown (Editor), E. Talbot Donaldson (Translator), Joseph F. Tuso This Norton Critical Edition prese...
  • Manuel Antão
    Nov 29, 2018
    If you're into stuff like this, you can read the full review. Pre-Arthurian-Myth: "Beowulf" by Unkwown, Seamus Heaney (Original Review, 2001-02-20) If you are familiar with the Hindu myth-kitty though, you may also find parallels between ?Beowulf? and the Mah...
  • João Fernandes
    May 15, 2015
    If Beowulf was a High School flick, or Blockbuster Income Idea #165 , by Hollywood Hrothgar and his band of jocks are throwing a pool party at his new crib, and of course he didn't invite Stereotypical Hollywood Hero #5, the awkward, rejected, acne-ridden Grendel. Grendel is hur...
  • Ashley Daviau
    Oct 02, 2018
    I was a little worried that this would be dry and boring but Seamus Heaney really does a fantastic job with the translation and it was a pleasure to read. The story is pretty epic, from one battle to another against evil and had me thoroughly engrossed. I?ve been wanting to read this...
  • Roger Brunyate
    Jun 20, 2018
    The Book I Thought I Knew 1. A Confession. This made a big splash it first came out in 2000. I bought it mostly for duty, but didn't read it. After all, I had studied the text in the original at University; I could even recite the opening. Surely I just needed a nudge, and it wo...
  • Philip Allan
    Mar 19, 2019
    There are many versions of Beowulf, but that translated by Seamus Heaney is the only one you should consider reading. I have always loved the idea of Beowulf. The earliest ever work in English, it lies on the very edge of our cultural memory. It was written by an early Christian, bu...