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John C. Gardner (1933–1982)

Forfatter af Grendel

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John Gardner is the best-selling author of more than twenty-five books and taught creative writing at many universities, among them Chico State, Bennington College, and SUNY-Binghamton. His novels Grendel, The Sunlight Dialogues, and October Light are regarded as modern classics. He was killed in a vis mere motorcycle accident in 1982 at the age of 49. vis mindre

Omfatter også følgende navne: John Champlin Gardner, John Champlin Gardner

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Værker af John C. Gardner

Grendel (1971) 6,008 eksemplarer
The Art of Fiction (1984) 2,046 eksemplarer
On Becoming a Novelist (1983) 991 eksemplarer
October Light (1976) 641 eksemplarer
The Life and Times of Chaucer (1977) 601 eksemplarer
The Sunlight Dialogues (1972) 586 eksemplarer
On Moral Fiction (1978) 488 eksemplarer
Nickel Mountain (1973) 451 eksemplarer
Freddy's Book (1981) 371 eksemplarer
Mickelsson's Ghosts (1982) 341 eksemplarer
The King's Indian (1976) 242 eksemplarer
The Art of Living and Other Stories (1981) 232 eksemplarer
On Writers and Writing (1994) 223 eksemplarer
In the Suicide Mountains (1977) 208 eksemplarer
The Wreckage of Agathon (1970) 198 eksemplarer
Jason and Medeia (1973) 161 eksemplarer
Dragon, Dragon, and Other Tales (1975) 138 eksemplarer
The Resurrection (1762) 96 eksemplarer
Stillness and Shadows (1986) 55 eksemplarer
A Child's Bestiary (1977) 40 eksemplarer
The Poetry of Chaucer (1977) 36 eksemplarer
The Best American Short Stories 1982 (1982) — Redaktør — 29 eksemplarer
Vlemk the Box-Painter (1979) 21 eksemplarer
The Forms of Fiction (1962) 15 eksemplarer
Lies! Lies! Lies (1999) 10 eksemplarer
William Wilson (1979) 6 eksemplarer
Poems (1978) 5 eksemplarer
Frankenstein (1979) 4 eksemplarer
Rumpelstiltskin (1980) 3 eksemplarer
The Temptation Game (1980) 2 eksemplarer
MSS, Spring 1981 1 eksemplar
Flamboyant Drama 1 eksemplar
On Books 1 eksemplar
The Red Napoleon 1 eksemplar
Music From Home 1 eksemplar

Associated Works

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Eric Carle's Animals Animals (1989) — Bidragyder — 2,161 eksemplarer
Eric Carle's Dragons, Dragons (1991) — Bidragyder — 706 eksemplarer
Elsewhere: Tales of Fantasy (1982) — Bidragyder — 143 eksemplarer
The Literary Ghost: Great Contemporary Ghost Stories (1991) — Bidragyder — 75 eksemplarer
Superfiction, or The American Story Transformed: An Anthology (1975) — Bidragyder — 44 eksemplarer
The Best American Short Stories 1978 (1978) — Bidragyder — 25 eksemplarer
Tales of Dungeons and Dragons (1986) — Bidragyder — 23 eksemplarer
Masters of British Literature, Volume A (2007) — Bidragyder — 20 eksemplarer
Homer's Iliad: The Shield of Memory (1978) — Forord, nogle udgaver5 eksemplarer

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1970’s American Literature i Name that Book (juli 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 andre anmeldelser | 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 andre anmeldelser | 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.… (mere)
crabbyabbe | 106 andre anmeldelser | Jan 18, 2024 |
Tentative rating. Will give it another try.
A.Godhelm | 106 andre anmeldelser | Oct 20, 2023 |


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