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Beowulf on the Beach: What to Love and What to Skip in Literature's 50 Greatest Hits

2 Ratings: 5.0
A book by Jack Murnighan

“Jack Murnighan’s enthusiasm for the great books–and his understanding of why they still matter–is genuinely infectious. ReadingBeowulf on the Beachis like belonging to the most stimulating and hilarious book club you could possibly … see full wiki

Author: Jack Murnighan
Publisher: Three Rivers Press
2 reviews about Beowulf on the Beach: What to Love and What...
review by . December 10, 2010
   I’ve always considered myself to be pretty well read, but in the years since I graduated from college, I’ve begun to realize exactly how many of the classics I missed out on, and I’ve been looking for a way to incorporate more of them into my reading. I want to re-read some of the ones that I didn’t quite “get” as a teenager, revisit the ones that left indelible impressions, and fill in the gaps by (finally) picking up the ones I’ve always …
review by . October 06, 2009
"Beowulf on the Beach" is actually too flawed to truly merit five-stars, but it has redeeming factors that bring up its score.    Any book that encourages people to read for pleasure and makes such reading more accessible is a worthy contribution. "Beowulf on the Beach" has the added attraction of being well written in a light style that is not devoid of substance, although it pretentiously tries to be "funny". I think author Murnighan's devices of calling out certain points …
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