Autobiography of Red

Autobiography of Red 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

  • Title: Autobiography of Red
  • Author: Anne Carson
  • ISBN: 9780375701290
  • Page: 122
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 autobioThe 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 VoiceA NEW YORK TIMES NOTABLE BOOK OF THE YEARNational book Critics Circle Award Finalist

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    • Anne Carson

      Anne Carson is a Canadian poet, essayist, translator and professor of Classics Carson lived in Montreal for several years and taught at McGill University, the University of Michigan, and at Princeton University from 1980 1987 She was a 1998 Guggenheim Fellow and in 2000 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship She has also won a Lannan Literary Award.Carson with background in classical languages, comparative literature, anthropology, history, and commercial art blends ideas and themes from many fields in her writing She frequently references, modernizes, and translates Ancient Greek literature She has published eighteen books as of 2013, all of which blend the forms of poetry, essay, prose, criticism, translation, dramatic dialogue, fiction, and non fiction She is an internationally acclaimed writer Her books include Antigonick, Nox, Decreation, The Beauty of the Husband A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos, winner of the T.S Eliot Prize for Poetry Economy of the Unlost Autobiography of Red, shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the T.S Eliot Prize, Plainwater Essays and Poetry, and Glass, Irony and God, shortlisted for the Forward Prize Carson is also a classics scholar, the translator of If Not, Winter Fragments of Sappho, and the author of Eros the Bittersweet Her awards and honors include the Lannan Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Griffin Trust Award for Excellence in Poetry, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship Her latest book, Red Doc, was shortlisted for the 2013 T.S Elliot Prize.

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    • Oh, you should read this book It s smart and sweet and tender and original It s erotic, but just under your skin It s a novel in verse, but don t let that deter you You can pick it up off the shelf and settle into a big armchair in the bookstore and read the whole thing for free in an hour even relishing and re reading parts But then you ll probably want to buy it anyway so that you can take it home and sleep with it under your pillow for the rest of your life.


    • What do they think about Floating in there All night.Nothing.That s impossible.Why You can t be alive and think about nothing You can t but you re not a whale.Why would it be different Why should it be the same But I look in their eyes and I see them thinking.Nonsense It is yourself you see it s guilt.Guilt Why would I be guilty about whales Not my fault they re in a tank.Exactly So why are you guilty whose tank are you in Australian goodreader Sean account since nuked, sadly wrote a review of G [...]


    • 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.


    • I read this book when I was about twenty, and it was the greatest thing that I d ever read Then I purposely avoided rereading it for over a decade after that, terrified that it couldn t be as incredible as I remembered.So recently I did have to reread it, for school And no, it didn t do to me what it did the first time that I read it, and it no longer seems light years greater than any other book in human history HOWEVER, it is still really great and one of my all time favorites, and I d recomme [...]


    • It was taking him a very long whileto set up the camera Enormous pools of a moment kept opening around his handseach time he tried to move them.Every so often my education comes in handy when I am confronted by a piece that does not seize me by the heart and wring it till I weep like it has apparently done for most everyone else One could say peer pressure, or one could admit to capitalism and how a measure of discipline is needed in analyzing any work that is mandated, regardless of personal ad [...]


    • If this is poetry, then I guess I don t really understandwhat poetry is If it s not about rhyme, or meter, sound, or the controlled use of precise, flowing, poetic language, then it seems to resemble prose exactly, but with arbitraryline breaks,which does not preclude it from being a beautiful storyabout heartbreak,and growing up, one that is deeply moving, and filled with powerfulimagery, just that I felt distracted by the form, driven to constantly questionwhy it is written in this way perhaps [...]


    • In my short life I have learned that short novels need to be read for as long as they can be Then the good ones should be reread This is a challenge These short novels masquerade themselves as something that you can appreciate in a few hours of reading Yes, you can read The Lover in an afternoon, or The Hour of the Star in a few hours on a park bench with a good coffee in hand, or you can sit with The Crying of Lot 49 one Tuesday evening and get through it all If you have the ability to handle t [...]


    • This novel was written for me, it feels It has the perfect blend of funny and sad, raw and elegant, intellectual and sensual It blew my mind when I read it And it s the one of only two books I ve re read several times Great Expectations being the other There are some clever metafictional framing sections which come at the material from historical and literary angles, but the central section, the heart of the book, is the story, the novel in verse Verse in Anne Carson isn t strident metrical regu [...]


    • A truly unique poetic experience An important milestone for the verse novel An idiosyncratic, fantastic in the purest sense of the word tale that explores the most important issues of our society from a somewhat comedic and surreal perspective One of the great classics of Canadian poetry.


    • Sometimes I read a work that is so complete that I don t want to write a review Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson is that kind of book.A retelling of the story of Geryon, a red winged monster who has a short but painful affair with Heracles that reverberates through his life.What struck me was Geryon s unending effort to make art out of his life first through writing, even as a child before he could actually write, and then as a photographer Geryon s life is painful but he constantly searches [...]


    • Not in a long time have I obsessively read anything, just to want to obsessively re read it all in one fell swoop There s two parts to this book first is the meta writing bit poem fragments and the like from the original Hercules myth, a writer who goes blind for insulting Helen, and then regains his sight again for rescinding his comment how very political and the like This part is good not great just good.It s the story itself that is absolutely wonderful Anne Carson is good at many things mak [...]



    • udno Jako udno, ali u potpuno pozitivnom smislu Na tren mitolo ka dekonstrukcija, na tren metafori ka rekonstrukcija jednog malog deli a Herkulove legende, iz druge, beskrajno interesantnije perspektive Pri a o osetljivim, li nim temama, o identitetu i ljubavi, o umetnosti i odrastanju i kako smrt tj ubistvo ne mora biti bukvalno Ne u da zalazim u detalje same pri e, po to je ona ovde na drugom mestu Dovoljno je re i kako se radi o malom crvenom de aku, a posle mladi u, koji ima krila i koji je [...]


    • I m reminded of Michael Ondaatje s book of poetry, The Collected Works of Billy the Kid The book is a verse novel that loosely follows the exploits of Billy the Kid under the pretext that he is the author though Ondaatje frequently deviates There are aspects of this in Autobiography of Red as you may have gathered from the title.The idea, a classic story from another perspective, is reminiscent of John Gardner s Grendel Beowulf from the perspective of the monster The same approach has been empl [...]


    • This was surprisingly engaging, emotional, and compulsively plot driven I ve found other Carson texts occasionally too knotty and the first 20 pages made it seem like this was of the same But the importance of the set up soon becomes clear and gives way to a poetically charged and compelling coming of age story that seamlessly mixes modern life with Greek legend There are lots of wonderful reviews for this, so the only thing I ll add is that if you ve been hesitating DON T BE DAUNTED Take the f [...]


    • Most people who know me through work or socially find my cynicism biting yet funny I get compliments often on my wit, though it is dark and sharp I m surprised when people tell me that I m quite entertaining, because I tend withdrawal and am generally introverted I have psychological test to back this up I am forever the INTJ Sometimes bordering on the J, but never the I This review contains, what may seem an infinite narcissistic hall of mirrors, reflecting Fibonacci images of big ol Al, but th [...]


    • I liked this very much The entire work is perfection, with the exception of the evasive ending The awe I felt while reading was lessened due to this, which makes me very sad as this is a beautiful and heartwrenching book I really wish it had ended with a stronger conclusion This book managed to smack against my ick wall pretty early Umm, yeah, I am so not qualified to write a review or anything resembling a review about this book I found the book accessible yet distant, dreamy but familiar Carso [...]


    • Autobiography of Red is an epic without the endless description and patronymics And that only makes it better Anne Carson is a literary genius Her syntax is remarkable and her purpose is never clear Those are two reasons I loved this, but there are many others Read it You will feel strange, but undoubtedly you will learn something from this I don t know what you ll learn, nor do I know what I learned Judge it for yourself.


    • Formally very beautiful, delivers all the pleasures celerity, compression, wit I associate with A Novel in Verse But I found the story assuming it can be considered apart from form wan and Geryon vaguely annoying Looking forward to Plainwater.


    • 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



    • This book marks, without an ember of doubt, the first time I ve ever felt burned by my lack of education in the classics I approached this book ready to feel cowed and lost, so I was enthralled when that was not the case.I understand Geryon intimately, for I, too am a red creature.From a forgotten notebook of mine On my steady diet of nicotine and coffee, my thoughts grind like bad teeth into points I am a sharp shaped thing A needle, an arrow, I cut I can touch rage rage that was the only sprig [...]


    • I ll be honest, my initial reaction as I began Autobiography of Red was a rolling of my eyes The book opens with a short, informal essay , which functions as a way of contextualizing the main narrative in the mythological historical framework of Stesichoros writing And while reading this essay, I grew worried that the novel in verse was going to be another fragmented postmodern reference fest the essay evokes a snarky sense of humor, drops a Baudrillard quote, and talks about how words bounce an [...]


    • This book is the perfect combination of story and philosophy It conveys the immediacy of sensory and emotional experience while simultaneously asking serious intellectual questions about that experience The main character, Geryon, is a version of a monster from Greek mythology Carson turns his monstrosity into all that is both beautiful and difficult about being a creative and desiring person.The main part of the book is the story of a romance between Geryon and Herakles In Greek mythology Herak [...]


    • This hybrid novel epic poem is one of my favorites It wreaked havoc on my life, mostly in a good way.Based on the Greek myth of Herakles Hercules for all you Romans , it recasts Geryon, the slayed, sheepherding red winged monster, as a protagonist who also takes form as a gay, socially marginalized school boy From the monster s perspective, a story unfolds that is at once disturbing, coruscating, and beautiful The way Carson shapes verse awes me, you want to touch her craft, know its contours li [...]



    • quest idea che ti esplodano i polmonise non riesci a raggiungere la superficie i polmoni non esplodono piuttosto diciamo che senza ossigeno franano lo so da Virgina Woolfcon cui una volta ho parlato a una festa non ovviamentedi annegare visto che ancora non ci pensava te l ho gi raccontata questa storia Ricordo che il cielo dietro di lei era vermigliolei venne verso di me dicendo Perch se ne sta tutta sola in questo enorme giardino vacuocome un pezzo di elettricit Elettricit Forse invece aveva d [...]


    • I ll rate it later Because now at this momentI m in between like and dislike _ imagination was good writing style was good enough but that one thing _ the concept of pedestary in ancient Greece ughhhhhhhhh I don t think so that beautiful poetic fiction need that content The book is good without it too.




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