Monday, April 2, 2012

Blogging from A to Z Challenge – Letter B

This being a writing blog, of course, I’m going to talk about books. I love reading books and have these books The Banyan Tree and Beowulf on my bookshelf.  I read Beowulf for the second time last semester in an English class. I also wrote a paper on the difference between the Warrior Society and the Christian Society; and even got an “A” on the paper, how cool is that?  I really enjoyed the story of Beowulf, it has lots of Christian themes in the book and lots of action. The second book, The Banyan Tree is on TBR pile and I hope to read it soon, since it’s been taking up residence on the shelf for a very long time. 

Beowulf is the Old English/Anglo-Sacon heroic poem. Beowulf, a hero of the Geats in Scandinavia, comes to the help of Hroogar, the King of the Danes, whose mead hall (Heorot) has been under attack by being known as Grendel. After Beowulf slays him, Grendel’s mother attacks the hall and is then also defeated. Victorious, Beowulf goes home to Geatland in Sweden and later becomes king of the Geats. After a period of fifty years has passed, Beowulf defeats a dragon, but is fatally wounded in the battle. After his death, his attendances bury him in a tumulus in Geatland. 

The Banyan Tree spans eighty – plus years of the life of Minnie O’Brien in a rich saga in the twentieth century. Minnie’s three grown children have moved away and she is determined to keep her family’s farm from the tightening grip of her unscrupulous neighbor, in the hope that her youngest will return to claim what is rightfully his.

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