Beowulf for Cretins review ¿ 103

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Beowulf for Cretins review ¿ 103 Ã English professor and aspiring novelist Grace Warner spends her days teaching four sections of Beowulf for Cretins to bored and disinterested students at one of New England's “hidden ivy” colleges Not long after she is dumped by her longtime girlfriend Grace meets the engaging and mysterious Abbie on a cross cEnglish professor and aspiring novelist Grace Warner spends her days teaching four sections of Beowulf for Cretins to bored and disinterested students at one of New England's “hidden ivy” colleges Not long after she is dumped by her longtime girlfriend Grace meets the engaging and mysterious Abbie on a cross country flight Sparks. Yawn Too many literary references for this cretin I’m afraid I liked Grace and Abby and enjoyed the dry wit and slapstick scenes we’ve come to expect with this author Recommended read for high brows and anyone with a Lit degree

Ann McMan Û 3 read

Fly on and off the plane as the two strangers give in to one night of reckless passion with no strings attached and no contact information exchanged Back home at St Albans the college rocks Grace's world when it announces the appointment of a new president the first woman in its 165 year history Cue Abbie and cue Grace's collision c. Beowulf for Cretins A Love Story presents sizzling dialogues with terrific narrationMCs Grace and Abbie are both very likable and their chemistry is both believable and entertaining It's a shame that author McMan is a fade to black writer Grace in particular is wonderfully snarky and funny although she is unsure of herself and recognizes that she's a coward with her love and sex life Abbie is confident and sultry; they make a great coupleFor the most part secondary characters had good roles especially student fangirl Brittany and artist in residence flirty horndog Laurie Brice aka Blowjob was a bit over the top as the villain; I picture him with a curled mustache and a black hat trying to tie Grace to railroad tracksIn typical McMan style there are lots of very funny situations and events and memories I especially like the trellis scene and memories and the interaction with Sister Mary Larry Grendel the dog is wonderful tooAs with manymost lesfic books it's frustrating listening to characters making life changing plans that involve a love interestwithout actually talking to their love interest about those plans IRLdisaster would ensue but authors seem determined to use non communication or miscommunication as part of lesfic romanceThis being a book about a literature teacher and an accomplished and published college president there are lots of details about being a teacher and much ridicule and mocking of first year students which I found surprising and lots and lots of erudite uotes from literature and naming of names of literary giantsmost of which became very tiresome to me personally but YMMVOverall I really enjoyed Beowulf for Cretins and recommend it with 45 Once again I wish goodreads had a half star rating system because I want to differentiate Beowulf from other 4 rated books many of which were rounded up from a 35 rating yet I also don't think Beowulf is uite the OMG WOW book that some of my 5 rated books are SighI'm rounding up to 5 Listen and enjoy Beowulf for Cretins

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Beowulf for CretinsOurse with a neurotic dog named Grendel a fractious rival for tenure and a woman called Ochre in what very well might be Grace's last real shot at happiness This full length novel reimagines and expands on the short story “Falling From Grace” which was originally published in the award winning story collection Sidecar by Ann McMa. Take one rather lost and lonely English professor and sit her next to a gorgeous intellectual and amusing woman on a flight to San Francisco Bring them back together for a madcap costume party that evening and make both of them brave enough to step out of their comfort zones and “go there” That’s the basic plot of Ann McMan’s wonderful short story “Falling from Grace” in her anthology “Sidecar” which led to the idea of “Beowulf for Cretins”Don’t worry if you haven’t read “Sidecar” although if not why not as the slightly amended story is repeated as chapter one of the full length version And once Grace and Abbie go their separate ways the morning after the party with no contact details not even last names shared then surely it will take an act of fate or possibly an act of God to make their paths cross a second timeRoll forward and of course The Fates intervene; Abbie turns up as the new President of Grace’s college throwing them together bringing turmoil romance angst and trellis climbing adventure The conversation gets even sarcastic and convoluted the humour literary and the passion overwhelming as these two amazing women try to find a way forward without threatening Grace’s tenure run alienating the college board or making a mockery of Abbie’s professional standingAnn McMan has this amazing ability to combine intellectual wordplay with the portrayal of sympathetic characters charming romances and genuinely wonderful friendships While our focus must be on the erudite and entertaining main characters and their somewhat tortuous path through the brambles of professional integrity the ensemble is filled out with absolutely adorable secondary characters and relationships There is an extensive cast from the 9 o’clock dog to challenging but foul mouthed brain of CK who compares relationships to uantum physics; Grace’s Neanderthal but heart of gold brother Dean; the master of the fates Rizzo and the powerful presence of the judgemental mothers for whom these amazing women have never been good enough And we can’t forget to mention Sister Merry Larry scourge of the catholic girl’s sexual education now literally “fallen from grace” and finding fun without any slapping Add in complexity by CK making hay with Dean Rizzo having studied with Abbie and the whole intricate situation having been already resolved and you have a glimpse of how much fun this story really isIs hard to know where to stop with the praise The writing is immaculate the use of language and references to the arts and literature make for extremely scholarly characters well apart from Dean and Grendel although Grendel has some great lines and any author who can use “floccinaucinihilipilification“ in a sensible sentence deserves genuine genuflection“Beowulf for Cretins is not a laugh out loud comedy a comedy of errors; producing a constant deep belly rumble with occasional eruptions of uncontrollable chuckles I have already read it twice and will happily read it again and again finding something new to see some new witticism to understand and some new empathy for the characters in this superb work