By Constance Hieatt

ISBN-10: 0553213474

ISBN-13: 9780553213478

Detailed and lovely, Beowulf brings to existence a society of violence and honor, fierce warriors and bloody battles, lethal monsters and recognized swords. Written by way of an unknown poet in in regards to the 8th century, this masterpiece of Anglo-Saxton literature transforms legends, delusion, background, and old songs into the richly coloured story of the hero Beowulf, the loathsome man-eater Grendel, his vengeful water-hag mom, and a treasure-hoarding dragon. The earliest surviving epic poem in any glossy ecu language. Beowulf is a stirring portrait of a heroic world–somber, monstrous, and luxurious.

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Meet you here in an hour. Those poor exploited victims of corporate humanocentrism are already halfway to freedom. " Howard had never seen so many alarms and electric shock devices in his life. He thought at first that they were meant to keep people out—but all the detectors pointed inward, not outward, so they had all been intended to keep this pathetic BrontoSaurian trapped inside his little box. Howard's blood pressure rose by at least ten points when he saw the victim; they were keeping it inside a bare concrete pen, with no educational toys, nothing to look at, no variation in its environment at all.

It drooled, an' its nose ran. Id'a been afraid of it, 'cept it crawled outa there with its three tails 'tween its legs, whimperin' an' wheezin' an' lookin' up at me like it was 'fraid I was gonna beat it. I figgered, hell, poor critter's scarder of me than I am of it—an' if it looks ugly t'me, reckon I must look just's ugly right back. So I petted it, an' it rolled over on its back an' stuck all six legs in th'air, an' just acted about like any other pup. I went off t' the barn an' got Thang—I ended up callin' it Thang fer's long as I had it—I got Thang a big ol' bowl'a dog food, didn' know what else t'give it.

He told people what they wanted to hear, no uncomfortable truths. And there were always plenty of letters he could show, which told stories of how the loyal sheep of his flock had found Jesus, peace of mind, and material prosperity as soon as they sent Lester their check. Of course, some of those same people would have been happy to ascribe a miraculous reversal of fortune to their "personal psychic" if they'd called the Psychic Hotline number instead of Lester's. Above all else, people wanted to believe—wasn't that what both sides said?

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