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on 26 November 2015
I downloaded Gerald Davis' translation of Beowulf after having read his other translation of Gilgamesh which I enjoyed reading, and the historical Northumberland novel Edwin by Edoardo Albert, who mentioned Beowulf and the Anglo Saxon Chronicles amongst his inspirations. I have vague memories of Beowulf-themed Primary School music and movement classes on the radio: 'and then Beowulf and his men went into the dark forest. Can everyone make themselves into a wild tree for the duration of this interminably long piece of music?' I loathed music and movement classes!

Other than the fab Baba Brinkman rap, I didn't think I really knew the Beowulf story, but reading it here, the events did all seem familiar so I must have absorbed it through cultural references over the years. Or maybe the story arc, like that of the Odyssey and Iliad, has been reused so many times since that the original no longer seems, erm, original. I greatly appreciate being able to read these ancient stories and love that they survive and are still studied and republished so widely. I did have to give up on the scholarly essay at the end though
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on 3 October 2013
I tried the un-translated version and struggled, but i absolutely loved this. I loved the story, the characters were described vividly, and i can imagine the hero. I am going to try the un-translated version again now I am more familiar with the story.
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on 3 June 2016
Don't really know what to say as I don't read Anglo Saxon I have to assume it's an accurate translation. It's a good read.
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on 9 April 2017
I really enjoyed this version. Inspired me to read more of the Vikings
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on 19 October 2013
Great cadences, fabulous essence of sea and smoke. wonderfully evocative of heroes and demons, clearly a great source for Tolkeins "Lord of the rings"
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on 19 November 2014
great,quick delivery
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on 25 January 2016
Somewhat disjointed and heavy going
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on 13 December 2013
It is written so that a non scholar like me can understand the story. Six more words still required um
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on 4 July 2014
Interesting and entertaining a short and sweet story with a mix of Christian and pagan beliefs.
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on 26 September 2014
I cannot write a review as this book has not yet reached my kindle, after about three weeks I'm still waiting for it to arrive.
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