Sunday, August 12, 2007

The Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson

Rather than post, I recommend a book entitled Autobiography of Red by Anne Carson. This is a slim book based on the epic poem, Geryoneïs, as told by the sixth century poet Stesichorus. The main character is a red boy with wings who comes of age in a story set in a variety of times, told by a series of narrators, and in diverse stylistic modes. This is beautiful and jarring poem/tale. This book like the Jeanette Winterson novel, Written on the Body, I recently read, is a written compliment to theoretical ideas.

Note: I exchanged one of my possessions for Written on the Body when Nancy Nesbit came through Champaign Urbana and stopped at OPENSOURCE Art. She is engaged in a yearlong project, Exchange, where she is driving every one of her possessions across Canada, the United States, and Mexico and exchanging objects and stories along the way. The website is:


Susan Nevelow Mart said...

I was so enamored of the prose/poetry of the Autobiography of Red - it draws you in and makes you love words - that I went right out and bought "The Beauty of the Husband," an incredible tale of marital betrayal.

Amber Ginsburg said...

Rather than get another Anne Carson book, I found I just want to read The Autobiography of Red again. The varied stylistic approaches was so successful, I want to go back and look more carefully at how she structured the book. Then I want to read another and another.