Beowulf and Grendel (Classic, 60s)
2 journalers for this copy...
Penguin publishers released these Penguin 60s books twenty years ago to celebrate the 60th anniversary of their enterprise. Penguin 80s have since been published. I picked this up at my favorite Atlanta area independent bookstore because bookcrossers love these for sharing and geocaching. I'd never seen this particular edition of BEOWULF before. It's in good shape. The pages are tanning a bit and there's a slight rip on page 63. Still, it looks like there are plenty of reads left.
Journal Entry 2
Someplace, Georgia USA on Thursday, February 22, 2018
I am at the cusp of a major birthday. I have been going through old journals, shredding what seems dead and reassessing what seems viable. Among the undead unfortunately, is a terrible betrayal and theft, something that strikes at what the ancient Danes would recognize as blood honor. Beowulf was able to swim to the deeps of the ocean and to vanquish the monsters that plagued his people. This was the story I somehow needed. I read it through in one sitting and was able to feel at peace. The passing 20th Century theories of the unconscious were mostly based on literature. What better balm to the soul burdened with disinheritance than a war story that ends with victory. My reading of this made me understand again what storytelling is all about and why humans need it. Though I wasn't in love with this translation, it was absolutely the right read for me last night.
Journal Entry 3
Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Thursday, February 22, 2018
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A good story never grows old.
Journal Entry 4
Nashua, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, February 28, 2018
The package arrived safely; many thanks! I love these Penguin 60s, and your personal comments are a lovely bonus on this one. (The Sutton Hoo stylized bird ornament on the cover is a very nice touch.)
I've read several variations on the story, from translations to adaptations to parodies. This one's a good translation, effective and powerful.
In an interesting coincidence, this recent History Blog post
describes some newly-digitized medieval manuscripts, including the only surviving Old English version of Beowulf
[There's a TV Tropes page
on the story and adaptations, with some entertaining tidbits.]
Journal Entry 5
Little Free Library, Wasserman Park in Merrimack, New Hampshire USA on Wednesday, February 28, 2018
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