Grendel is a monster full of surprises. One minute heâs philosophizing about life, and the next heâs biting the heads off his neighbors. In this book, Beowulfâs infamous enemy narrates his own story, bringing a whole new perspective to the events of the epic poem.
Pensive and sarcastic, Grendel could be coined Zen and the art of motorcycle maintenance for monsters. The book is contemplative, with a dreamy/nightmarish feel, but Grendelâs musings on life donât exactly leave you with a âhappy to be aliveâ feeling. He is witty, but heâs also a cranky and childish psychopath. He uses vulgar language (including the âFâ word), and the book contains more than a fair share of man-eating, blood spurting violence â typical monster behavior.
The book is an interesting/intelligent read that is equally disturbing and irreverent. So why did I review it? Itâs another selection from our libraryâs high school required reading collection. Best bet: give your seniors Beowulf to read and leave Grendel to adults, particularly aspiring forensic psychologists â they should find the creatureâs psyche clinically fascinating.