Seemingly one of the first books to use the antihero from a previous classic, Gardner does a magnificent job of exploring philosophy and life’s greater questions through the eyes of the prototypical protagonist Grendel. For generations of high school students who have faced the evil actions of Grendel and then had their eyes opened to the revelation that nowhere is Grendel’s true nature described (much like Humpty Dumpty), this book takes on that ambiguity and blows it further open. The book, though, deserves a fuller reading than I was able to give it. Read with a group or even a class, would allow the reader(s) to dive down deep into the varying philosophies and explore the questions of what is evil and where does it come from/what makes someone evil.
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