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Autobiography of Red - Anne Carson
Autobiography of Red
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A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEARNational book Critics Circle Award Finalist  "Anne Carson is, for me, the most exciting poet writing in English today."--Michael Ondaatje"This book is amazing--I haven't discovered any writing in years so marvelously disturbing." --Alice Munro             ... show more
A NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEARNational book Critics Circle Award Finalist  "Anne Carson is, for me, the most exciting poet writing in English today."--Michael Ondaatje"This book is amazing--I haven't discovered any writing in years so marvelously disturbing." --Alice Munro              The award-winning poet Anne Carson reinvents a genre in Autobiography of Red, a stunning work that is both a novel and a poem, both an unconventional re-creation of an ancient Greek myth and a wholly original coming-of-age story set in the present.Geryon, a young boy who is also a winged red monster, reveals the volcanic terrain of his fragile, tormented soul in an autobiography he begins at the age of five. As he grows older, Geryon escapes his abusive brother and affectionate but ineffectual mother, finding solace behind the lens of his camera and in the arms of a young man named Herakles, a cavalier drifter who leaves him at the peak of infatuation. When Herakles reappears years later, Geryon confronts again the pain of his desire and embarks on a journey that will unleash his creative imagination to its fullest extent. By turns whimsical and haunting, erudite and accessible, richly layered and deceptively simple, Autobiography of Red is a profoundly moving portrait of an artist coming to terms with the fantastic accident of who he is."A profound love story . . . sensuous and funny, poignant, musical and tender."--The New York Times Book Review"A deeply odd and immensely engaging book. . . . [Carson] exposes with passionate force the mythic underlying the explosive everyday."  --The Village Voice
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Format: paperback
ISBN: 9780375701290 (037570129X)
Publisher: Vintage
Pages no: 149
Edition language: English
Series: Cape Poetry
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wjmcomposer
wjmcomposer rated it
5.0 The Autobiography of Red
Sensitive and sweet, Carson crafts a heartbreaking poem you won't soon forget.
Eve
Eve rated it
Completely non-linear work of genius. Loved the small red winged monster Geryon.
The Tipsybibliophile
The Tipsybibliophile rated it
5.0
Haunting and beautiful.
javajunco
javajunco rated it
5.0 Autobiography of Red
It's not often that a book of poems makes my heart pound. I started reading it before bed on Sunday night. I was EXCITED TO WAKE UP ON MONDAY MORNING because I couldn't wait to get on the subway and continue reading it. On a Monday. Morning. Enough said?
Allusion is not Illusion
Allusion is not Illusion rated it
5.0
Seldom have I seen a writer so maximize the balance between raw, grated, difficult, emotional pain and beautiful words that make me want to clutch them to my bosom and squeeze them with delight while making burbling noises of pleasure.
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