Grendel by John Gardner tells the story of Beowulf from the famous villain’s point of view. This novel provides a backstory for the monster leading up to his battle with Beowulf. It’s an interesting take on the story, lending some sympathy for Grendel. Gardner also uses this point of view to provide an outsider’s view of humankind, looking at some of its worst aspects. It was an interesting book, though some of it was pretty heady and philosophical, and over my head. Not one of my favorites.