A little button at the end of each range activated the fluorescent track above it.No novelist could have gotten away with that last line. Yet it's very much to the point: Carson's Geryon is, among other things, a camera freak who doesn't understand that an observer must inevitably alter the nature of the thing observed. Here is Heisenberg's uncertainty principle, cheek-by-jowl with the ancients! And indeed, Carson's achievement is to interweave the archaic and the modern so seamlessly that by the time we finish reading Autobiography of Red, the entire landscape looks inside out. --Mark Rudman --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A yellowing 5 x 7 index card
Scotch-taped below each button said EXTINGUISH LIGHT WHEN NOT IN USE.
Geryon went flickering
through the ranges like a bit of mercury flipping the switches on and off.
The librarians thought him
a talented boy with a shadow side.
Like all masterpieces, this one continues to unravel like the layers of an onion.
This is poetry, in that it is beautiful and uses words ever-so carefully, but this is prose, in that it reads as easily as a novel and tells an engaging story.
The book is beautifully written, and cannot be recommended highly enough, to any reader who wants to read a delicate story in a challenging format.
I knew halfway into this book that it was going to grapple with me for its final rating. The feeling of being immersed in a text that you know is near-perfect, powerful and... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Philip
Anne Carson's acclaimed Autobiography of Red is, perhaps, her most celebrated work - a tale about the life of an artist, of adolescent love and the searing impression which our... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Underoo23
Carson is a beautiful poet, and perfectly balances the narrative requirements of a novel with the evocative power of poetry. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Michelle Grifka
Whether this book is poetry or not, is of no interest to me. My reactions upon finishing were: slapdash, sloppy, pretentious, and a waste of time. Read morePublished 4 months ago by A. D. Thomas
I finished this book and it felt like someone had opened my ribcage and put something in that wasn't there before. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Craig Wiley
Anne Carson is amazing. She is able to draw us into Greek mythology through her unique approach. This was a very interesting poem/novel.Published 5 months ago by Dr Doran
Anne Carson knows how to paint with words. Her descriptions and similes are exquisite. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves beauty, art, words, poetry, and a touching... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Athena Kyle
It must be a question of perspective. For me, it's as if I am standing outside a window looking in, and as I read, it is from the perspective of a mother of sons. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Elisha Hawk
I didn't know what to expect from this novel, but I wasn't expecting verse. This usually puts me off, but I found I was pleasantly surprised.Published 7 months ago by Kristin Ohman