Beowulf on the Beach (Google eBook)

Front Cover
Crown Publishing Group, May 19, 2009 - Literary Criticism
21 Reviews
Feel bad about not reading or not enjoying the so-called great books? Don’t sweat it, it’s not your fault. Did anyone tell you that Anna Karenina is a beach read, that Dickens is hilarious, that the Iliad’s battle scenes rival Hollywood’s for gore, or that Joyce is at his best when he’s talking about booze, sex, or organ meats?

Writer and professor Jack Murnighan says it’s time to give literature another look, but this time you’ll enjoy yourself. With a little help, you’ll see just how great the great books are: how they can make you laugh, moisten your eyes, turn you on, and leave you awestruck and deeply moved. Beowulf on the Beach is your field guide–erudite, witty, and fun-loving–for helping you read and relish fifty of the biggest (and most skipped) classics of all time. For each book, Murnighan reveals how to get the most out of your reading and provides a crib sheet that includes the Buzz, the Best Line, What’s Sexy, and What to Skip.


From the Trade Paperback edition.
  

What people are saying - Write a review

User ratings

5 stars
2
4 stars
8
3 stars
7
2 stars
4
1 star
0

And he's funny and easy to read. - Goodreads
That sort of stuff.I could care less about plot. - LibraryThing
... while writing it. - Goodreads
I could care less about plot. - Goodreads

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

User Review  - Licha - Goodreads

I appreciate what author Jack Murnighan was trying to do with this book. I wish he would stuck to the better known classics that we all have probably stayed away from thanks to high school, though ... Read full review

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

User Review  - Alex - Goodreads

Murnighan is also the author of a book called The Naughty Bits: The Steamiest and Most Scandalous Sex Scenes from the World's Great Books, and that tells you a lot about him. Murnighan is the guy who ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
THE BIBLE
17
VIRGIL 7019 B
47
DANTE ALIGHIERI 12651321
63
GIOVANNI BOCCACCIO 131375
79
GEOFFREY CHAUCER 13401400
86
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE 15641616
105
MIGUEL DE CERVANTES 15471616
133
GUSTAVE FLAUBERT 182180
216
LEO TOLSTOY 18281910
235
HENRY IAMES 18431916
252
IAMES IOYCE 18821941
268
FRANZ KAFKA 18831924
286
ERNEST HEMINGWAY 18991961
304
HENRY MILLER 18911980
310
VLADIMIR NABOKOV 18991977
327

HENRY FIELDING 170754
151
IOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE 17491832
164
HONORE DE BALZAC 1790185?
178
EMILY BRONTE 181848
191
CHARLES DICKENS 181270
203
THOMAS PYNCHON 1937
342
Beloved
355
Index
370
Copyright

Common terms and phrases

About the author (2009)

JACK MURNIGHAN has a Ph.D. in medieval and renaissance literature from Duke University. He is the author of The Naughty Bits and Classic Nasty and has written for Esquire, Glamour, and Nerve. He lives in New York City and teaches creative nonfiction at the University of the Arts.


From the Trade Paperback edition.

Bibliographic information