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5.0 out of 5 stars Lavish and Inspiring
Beowulf is the oldest surviving Old English poem. It has been retold many times, by many great authors. This is Michael Morpurgo's version. It is a triumph. It is full of grandeur and passion and high drama, breathing new life into the oldest story known to the English. My sons listened as I read, then read it alone.

Beowulf is lavishly illustrated. The...
Published on 12 Dec 2007 by Sarah Curran

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2.0 out of 5 stars Annoying writing style
I enjoyed reading the story to my son, but was constantly irritated by certain mannerisms in the way the book was written. Two stood out in particular: an excessive use of alliteration (as though he was playing a game where you scored a point every time you managed to have two consecutive words starting with the same letter, with extra points for three or more), and an...
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great, 12 Jan 2011
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bought for my brother to use as a teaching aid in Laos, where he was teaching english to adults and wanted to give them some idea of english folklore.
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4 of 8 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Annoying writing style, 25 April 2013
This review is from: Beowulf (Paperback)
I enjoyed reading the story to my son, but was constantly irritated by certain mannerisms in the way the book was written. Two stood out in particular: an excessive use of alliteration (as though he was playing a game where you scored a point every time you managed to have two consecutive words starting with the same letter, with extra points for three or more), and an even more excessive use of hyphenated phrases such as (to pick a random page and write down the ones I see) "sword-swipe", "wave-patterned", "iron-edged", "blood-greedy", "mail-shirt", "sea-hag", "water-wolf", "battle-coat". (Those all come from the double page spread on pages 50 and 51, and that was genuinely a random page that I opened the book at.) There are also some sentences that should never have made it past an editor, such as, "Pinioned and helpless in her grasp, the sea-hag dragged the prince to her cavernous lair." Is the sea-hag pinioned in her own grasp? The phrase "cavernous lair" also gives some idea of just how many adjectives there are: nouns on their own just won't cut it for Morpurgo.

I did wonder whether the original poem has a style that Morpurgo is trying to imitate. Unfortunately, my Anglo-Saxon is non-existent, so I cannot tell. It reads to me as though he is trying to be far too self-consciously poetic.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Childrens Book ?, 29 July 2013
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Not just a children's book , also my wife likes it and the children she works with, I think that Michael Morpurgo as author, but this is an old scandanavian saga. Enjoy
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