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Beowulf on the Beach

What to Love and What to Skip in Literature's 50 Greatest Hits
Murnighan, Jack (Book - 2009 )
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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.

Authors: Murnighan, Jack
Statement of Responsibility: Jack Murnighan
Title: Beowulf on the beach
what to love and what to skip in literature's 50 greatest hits
Publisher: New York : Three Rivers Press, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
Characteristics: viii, 374 p. ; 21 cm.
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. 367-369) and index
Subject Headings: Best books Literature History and criticism
Topical Term: Best books
Literature
LCCN: 2008050484
ISBN: 0307409570
9780307409577
Branch Call Number: 809 M
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