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Autobiography of Red (1998)

de Anne Carson

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In this extraordinary epic poem, Anne Carson bridges the gap between classicism and the modern, poetry and prose, with a volcanic journey into the soul of a winged red monster named Geryon. There is a strong mixture of whimsy and sadness in Geryon's story. He is tormented as a boy by his brother, escapes to a parallel world of photography, and falls in love with Herakles - a golden young man who leaves Geryon at the peak of infatuation. Geryon retreats ever further into the world created by his camera, until that glass house is suddenly and irrevocably shattered by Herakles' return. Running throughout is Geryon's fascination with his wings, the colour red, and the fantastic accident of who he is. AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF RED is a deceptively simple narrative layered with currents of meaning, emotion, and the truth about what it's like to be red. It is a powerful and unsettling story that moves, disturbs, and delights.… (més)
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There are few reviewers who find any flaws in what they deem a work of genius. The author has taken scraps of a classical story and endeavored to wordsmith it into a verse novel. I found it strained and distasteful and have thrown it across the room. It’s going to the free little library for some other unfortunate souls to stumble upon. ( )
  varielle | Dec 23, 2020 |
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  jocelynchu | Aug 30, 2020 |
It is intimidating to write anything about Autobiography of Red. Anne Carson’s verse is both formidable and abundant in style, and her story is complexly layered. Emotion and understanding erupt in moments of intense convergence. She creates a narrative that is distant, yet somehow intuitive and sympathetic--a Bildungsroman of one misunderstood, red and winged. It is a perplexing book in some ways, akin to reading reading a journal from another time or a document that has been redacted--occasionally incomprehensible, but deeply intriguing. Carson can intimate so many things in her writing, and much of her writing has the feeling of revelation, ancient gnostic arcana, and deep allegorical truth. Highly recommended. ( )
  drbrand | Jun 8, 2020 |
Autobiography of Red was a tender story with beautiful scenes that incorporated some compelling ruminations on art and identity. I had a hard time getting over the introduction and appendices, which were kind of funny, but it also felt like the adaptation of the lyric fragments served more of a pretentious pedestal than a grounding that deepened my appreciation of the text. The linking of childhood incest/rape to homosexuality also felt unnecessary insomuch as it perpetuates a cultural stigma at the expense of nuancing Geryon's character and familial relationships.
  b.masonjudy | Apr 3, 2020 |
Really, really beautiful and haunting. I want to like immediately re-read it but also maybe take more time and let myself sit with it at the same time. The space between imagery and Geryon's internal reflections does some really amazing work here, and there's just so much to kind of sift through as a reader. Definitely will be re-reading at some point. ( )
  aijmiller | Jan 18, 2020 |
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...Carson writes in language any poet would kill for: sensuous and funny, poignant, musical and tender, brilliantly lighted.
 
It is a novel, all right; a story which creates characters that are surprising but credible, involves them in an action that works to what seems an appropriate if somewhat mysterious end and, in this case, leaves the reader with a feeling that it contains depths which only rereading and reflection will sound. But the reader cannot help wondering: Was the decision to tell the story in verse justified?
 

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In this extraordinary epic poem, Anne Carson bridges the gap between classicism and the modern, poetry and prose, with a volcanic journey into the soul of a winged red monster named Geryon. There is a strong mixture of whimsy and sadness in Geryon's story. He is tormented as a boy by his brother, escapes to a parallel world of photography, and falls in love with Herakles - a golden young man who leaves Geryon at the peak of infatuation. Geryon retreats ever further into the world created by his camera, until that glass house is suddenly and irrevocably shattered by Herakles' return. Running throughout is Geryon's fascination with his wings, the colour red, and the fantastic accident of who he is. AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF RED is a deceptively simple narrative layered with currents of meaning, emotion, and the truth about what it's like to be red. It is a powerful and unsettling story that moves, disturbs, and delights.

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