Tag: modern literature

Review: Pachinko

20 Books of Summer 2018: Book 1

Pachinko doesn’t live up to its reputation as a sweeping epic due to pacing problems, but it’s still insightful and moving.

Review: Grendel

20 Books of Summer 2015: Book 4 I hesitate to call John Gardner’s Grendel a modern Beowulf from the perspective of the monster, though that’s the first description to come to mind. The open secret among English majors is that Beowulf is a snooze despite its historical value….