Autobiography of Red

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Random House of Canada, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 149 pages
435 Reviews
A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

Finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award

Winner of the QSpell A.M. Klein Poetry Prize

Award-winning poet Anne Carson joins the Vintage Canada list with this stunning work, both novel and poem, both unconventional re-creation of an ancient Greek myth and 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 embarks on a journey that unleashes his creative imagination to its fullest extent.

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Breathtaking writing, with imaginative flair. - Goodreads
My only objection is the ending, or lack thereof. - Goodreads
a sweet love story in poetry form. - Goodreads
stream of conscious prose poem, updated classic. - Goodreads
A truly unique writer. - Goodreads
A palpable coming-of-age sired by a love story. - Goodreads

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User Review  - SD Johnson - Goodreads

Here we have a narrative following the adventures of Herakles and Geryon. In traditional Greek myth Geryon is killed by Herakles performing his 10th labour, which is stealing the cattle of Geryon ... Read full review

Review: Autobiography of Red (Red #1)

User Review  - Maggie - Goodreads

beautifully written - just don't think I got it all. Read full review

About the author (1999)

Anne Carson lives in Montreal where she is the Director of Graduate Studies, Classics at McGill University. Her many awards include the QSPELL A.M. Klein Poetry Prize, the 1996 Lannan Award and the 1997 Pushcart Prize.

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