I've been on a quest to reread the crap that I was force fed during school. And as it turns out, I liked this much more this time around. I could feel the world and the monsters, and was constantly astounded with Beowulf's insane feats of strength. That being said, I had absolutely NOOOOO attachment to anyone in the epic. Not even the main character, and though the language and wording is not something we use in our day to day speech, I was able to follow it easily. Though I totally understand why some people would hate this book simply for it's wording.