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The Hidden Moral by d10 snmas
on 13 December 2010
Firstly I would like to state that this is an incomparable book to read, even though I must say I am an avid fan of a range of books.
Rosemary Sutcliff has portrayed 'Beowulf' as an excellent example of an Anglo-Saxon book. She has used an immense variety of kenning but keeps it to a minimum to let the words flow. She allows her techniques to bind together in each paragraph with subtly. She writes this book like music; one minute action packed, the next a bit slack. Her habits of expressing things are so brilliant that she sometimes tend to go a bit above expectations. But most of her language is incomprehensible and unpronounceable that you would need a chapter or so to get used to her fashion .Even though her ending brings a tear to our eyes, this makes us pays attention to the moral of the story.
Beowulf is firstly described with 'strength that could out-wrestle the great Northern bear...' and his last description as a life-saver. Surely you may think Rosemary Sutcliff over-exaggerates his abilities but this may be true, yet she writes it in such a way that you wouldn't care about her flaws. One of the reasons I think she did not do up to the best of standards is because she did not describe Hrothgar and Beowulf's relationship in a passionate way that she could of done. That is way I had barely any remorse of Hrothgar's death. But the style she builds up in the climax is so tense and outspoken that you would not dare to put your book down, unfortunately our English teacher cut off at that bit where unanswered questions would be asked; " does Beowulf defeat all the monsters?", " what happens to Hrothgar?" and the famous "What's going to happen next?". Also the fighting scenes are so detailed that every nuance is described clear with an interesting language to set the mood. Lastly, I would like to notify the hidden moral of this story is not to boast your riches like Hrothgar, because one day you would get your revenge.
I would highly recommend this book to all readers, but probably above 10 years of age. I would cajole all enjoyers of adventurous books (even at rudimentary) to take at least a peek at one of Rosemary Sutcliff's greatest produce yet!
A Fellow Latymerian