Beowulf on the Beach
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.
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - VirginiaGill - LibraryThing
My copy of this book has become a well thumbed resource. I not only enjoyed reading it but loved rediscovering books I thought I hated, and plunging head first into ones I thought were just too difficult. Thank you Mr Murnighan! Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - debnance - LibraryThing
I do not think there could be a person on earth (1) who obviously loves reading as much as I do, yet (2) who has completely and totally opposite reading tastes. Let me make one thing clear: Jack is a ... Read full review
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