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.
I don't know what else to say. An amazing work of literature. I'm in awe of Carson and her writing here.Published 1 month ago by micahrowland
I've been trying to read this on the recommendation of a friend. I don't quite understand it and am trying to slog thru it. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Claudia Milesky
This is a beautiful, wrenching novel in verse. I read it twice in two days and each time I pulled another thread of meaning from the weft. It was luminous.Published 5 months ago by Joy M. Pope
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 7 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 8 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 9 months ago by Michelle Grifka