Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson

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Read Autobiography of Red Online Free - 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

National book Critics Circle Award Finalist

Title : Autobiography of Red
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ISBN : 037570129X
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 149 pages


Laurie rated it ★★★★★

August 13, 2007

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 (e...

Mariel rated it ★★★★★

January 31, 2013

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...

Miriam rated it ★★★★★

June 09, 2010

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.

Jessica rated it ★★★★☆

September 10, 2011

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 w...

Edward rated it ★★★☆☆

January 13, 2018

If this is poetry, then I guess I don't really understand what 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 arbitrary line-breaks, which does not preclude it from being a beautiful s...

Aubrey rated it ★★★★☆

April 26, 2016

It was taking him a very long while to set up the camera. Enormous pools of a moment kept opening around his hands each 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 ap...

Neal rated it ★★★★☆

January 15, 2016

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 aftern...

Jason rated it ★★★★★

March 14, 2018

Upon rereading, from 4 stars to 5. I was either a bad reader when I first read this or just not in the right place. In any case, Carson is a master and I don't think I could live without her now. “Then he met Herakles and the kingdoms of his life all shifted down a few notches. / They were two sup...

Andrew rated it ★★★★★

July 12, 2007

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 fra...

Khashayar rated it ★★★★★

June 28, 2017

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.

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