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Product Details

  • Series: Vintage Contemporaries
  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (March 11, 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307950670
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307950673
  • Product Dimensions: 5.2 x 0.4 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,698 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Red Doc> is only superficially interested in narrative. It's a long, lovely line to nowhere, a beautiful surface. The language doesn't take us inside the characters; it's just so many daubs of paint, utterly its own end. Red Doc> is, finally, a slender offshoot of a major work. —Parul Sehgal --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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“Breathtaking. . . . Personal, necessary and important. . . . Read this book. You’ll find it hard to forget.” —The New York Times Book Review
 
“A supraliterary, textually experimental landscape that only Carson could conjure. Ranging from frozen tundra to festive meadows, G’s odyssey features his dying mother, his war-veteran road-buddy lover, and a female artist friend in a wild hybrid narrative pushed to mythopoetic glory.” —Elle
 
“Carson’s lyrical language effortlessly lifts pure moments of hope and despair off the page. . . . Red Doc> stands on its own—and takes the reader on a singular journey of longing and grief.” —San Francisco Chronicle
 
“Carson’s red-winged anti-hero is still the crown prince of erotic, melancholy foibles. . . . Whether she’s talking war vets, flying cows, Latin etymology or Elvis, Carson once again blurs the lines of prose and poetry.” —American Poet
 
“Unexpected, dizzying.... Sure to be the verse event of the season." --Vogue.com
 
"[Carson's] phrases and images ... swoop and beguile like hidden messages. Cryptograms from other civilizations, or hoaxes perpetrated by pranksters by moonlight? Say what you will about Carson, she doesn't play it safe." --The New York Observer
 
"For every line of Carson's that's grave and pensive, another is funny, erotic, demotic, or dirty.... Even when the setting gets surreal, Carson never breaks faith with ordinary emotion. Red Doc> is, at times, excruciating in its grief. Yet just when it threatens to become unbearable, just when you are hurling at terminal velocity toward the killing earth--just then everything that seemed broken comes together. Suddenly you are borne into the sky on words and stories, those human wings, up there with a thousand ice bats and a kind-hearted monster and a stoner cow and a solid column of volcanic smoke, seamed with brilliant flame." --New York Magazine
 
"A shape-shifting verse novel that's both playful and compelling." --Time Out New York
 
"The events in Red Doc>, not so much recounted as erupting, have an instability suggestive of Alice in Wonderland.... As with a roller coaster, the transitions make us look forward to the next splendid plunge. And we plunge." --The Boston Globe
 
"Carson swings through a variety of techniques that refract the madness of war, from the systemic absurdism of Catch-22 to the post-modern flights of Gravity's Rainbow to the dead-bang temporal concussions of The Things They Carried.... Carson is funny--Lorrie Moore funny, Grace Paley funny--and Red Doc> courses with a wit shot through with intelligence and humility.... Brushed with the magical, the absurd and the surreal." --Paste
 
"Parts of this book are shockingly moving, especially when she describes the impending death of G's mother. The poetry around their final meeting is strangely haunting in an understated way. It presents loss and our tenuous human interconnectedness in its fragile and mysterious passing.... Inspired." --The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
 
Red Doc> is the sequel—sort of—to Autobiography of Red, one of the crossover classics of contemporary poetry. The book is strange and sweet and funny, and the remoteness of the ancient myth crossed with the familiarity of the modern setting creates a particularly Carsonian effect: the paradox of distant closeness.” —The New York Times Magazine
 
“If there is one book I’ve pressed on more people in the past decade, it is Carson's Autobiography of Red. And I’m here to tell you its sequel has just been published, and that it’s pretty much the biggest event of the year…. Red Doc> is insightful, whimsical, erotic and sad.... If you like books to provoke you, dare you, even change the way you think, let me recommend this strange, wonderful pair of novels about a young red man. We all have volcanoes in our lives. Sometimes it takes someone else to show us how to survive them.” —Rosecrans Baldwin, NPR

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Melody Xu
Red Doc> is very strange, a little harder to break into than Autobiography of Red but absolutely wonderful of course.
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I finished that book in one sitting.
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16 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Dmitry Portnoy VINE VOICE on April 1, 2013
Format: Hardcover
How can a poet write about another person, reveal the mind and soul of someone else? Many great ones don't try: for instance, Emily Dickinson, Byron, or Auden. Others rely on pure genius. I assume that's what Keats meant by Shakespeare's "negative capability" to lose all traces of himself in his characters. But even that magic capability has limits: how Greek are the couples in "Midsummer Night's Dream"? How Jewish is Shylock?

"Red Doc>" is the second novel in verse Anne Carson has written about a male homosexual, who she is not. The first, "Autobiography of Red," raced dizzyingly through classical myth, travelogue, and memoir (among a myriad other literary genres) to break through to the love-core of its characters. It demonstrated that just like to get to someone else's house, you have to walk down the street, to get to someone else's heart, you have to negotiate the public space between you. Unlike the magical teleportation ray of "negative capability," Anne Carson traveled the distance on foot. But her genius made the twists and turns of that journey feel not like a maze but a roller-coaster. I finished that book in one sitting.

This one took two, but I did not welcome the interruption. Its style (it may be more useful to call it "format") is different from the fluid prosody of the first, but just as accessible and rewarding: fractured and sparkly, it snags you with moment after moment of breath-catching truth/beauty (well, Keats got some things right.) And it felt so nice to revisit the houses of the hearts of these familiar characters. But whatever the pleasures of this book, was the sequel necessary?

Yes. Because the characters have moved to new addresses, and Carson's journey to them covers a new terrain.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Underoo23 on December 17, 2013
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Red Doc> is very strange, a little harder to break into than Autobiography of Red but absolutely wonderful of course. Carson's work is often difficult for new readers to break into, and I would definitely read Autobiography of Red first.

But they are different books and examine different things. To be reductionistic about the book, Autobiography of Red seems to be about what love does to us. Red Doc> seems to be about what grief does to us. It is an elegiac book. The ending is quite abrupt, but then so is our end as well. A beautiful book.
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Anne Carson’s novels-in-verse are some of my favorites, especially “Autobiography of Red.” When I heard she was continuing Geryon’s story I was thrilled, and “Red Doc” does not disappoint.

First, you need to read “Autobiography of Red,” since it is Part One of Geryon’s story, and “Red Doc” is Part Two. Second, keep in mind this is Anne Carson. She never repeats herself. She always invents new experimental formats and structures for her books. And that’s exactly what she’s done with “Red Doc.”

Third, this is one of those books you’ll need to read several times to fully appreciate the brilliance of her technique. The word music, the story detail, the innuendo, the history, all of it delightfully Carson.

Truly, she is a master at writing her way around a story as if she were stitching an heirloom quilt. No one does it better!
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Trent Hansen on October 20, 2013
Format: Hardcover
"To live past the end of your myth is a perilous thing." I can't help but see a little wistfulness on Carson's part there. She's put out a huge amount of really good work, but her undeniably Great works were Glass, Irony & God, and then Autobiography of Red. She keeps turning out top-notch work, but it still can't match the heights she reached with those two books. She's sort of lived past the end of her own myth. Some artists flame out in a blaze of glory, and some of them stay alive, keep turning out quality work, even though their best is behind them.

Buy this book. Read this book. It's good and you'll never regret taking the time out of your life for it. But don't expect it to be a reprise of Autobiography of Red. It's excellent in its own way, but it won't hit you nearly as hard as it's predecessor.
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By Melody Xu on January 12, 2015
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This book is absolutely amazing.
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Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek for a living. Her awards and honors include the Lannan Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Griffin Trust Award for Excellence in Poetry, a Guggenheim fellowship, and the MacArthur "Genius" Award.

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