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Red Doc>

Carson, Anne

ISBN 10: 0307960587 / 0-307-96058-7
ISBN 13: 9780307960580
Publisher: Knopf
Publication Date: 2013
Binding: Hardcover
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Some years ago I wrote a book about a boy named Geryon who was red and had wings and fell in love with Herakles. Recently I began to wonder what happened to them in later life. Red Doc> continues their adventures in a very different style and with changed names.

To live past the end of your myth is a perilous thing.


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Book Description: Knopf, 2013. Book Condition: New. Brand New, Unread Copy in Perfect Condition. A+ Customer Service! Summary: "With profound wit and arresting sorrow, Red Doc> continues the story of [an] inextricable pair, Herakles and Geryon-hero and monster, vanquisher and vanquished, lover and loved. In this version, Geryon lives an isolated existence as 'G,' and libertine-turned-soldier Herakles has just served a tour of duty in the Middle-East, coming back a shell-shocked shell of his former self. . . . Red Doc> serves as neither a proper sequel to Autobiography of Red nor as a historically consistent continuation. The established characters provide immediate name recognition and backstory, but just as one need not read The Iliad to understand The Odyssey , it isn't necessary to cycle back and first read Autobiography of Red (though-purely as a lifestyle decision-reading the book would be a very good idea). . . . What binds two individuals? How does one man living a separate life across the ocean continue to exert a hold upon those left at home? Like the earlier exploits of Geryon and Herakles, Carson launches [her characters] on a twisted picaresque, indulging her exquisite eye for natural detail. What holds these two together? Names and dynamics may change, but what endures is the story of a lost, misunderstood boy, and the one with the power to destroy him. . . . Carson frames precise, photographic images and constructs sturdy columns of text [that] bolster Red Doc> as 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." -Nathan Huffstutter, Paste "Carson has dedicated no small part of her career to reconfiguring ancient myth. Actually, 'reconfiguring' just grazes the surface. Let's try 'reinventing,' or 'revitalizing,' or even 'reframing our understanding of the past by envisaging millennia-old tales as they might play out in a world very much like ours.' . . . Her best known work is Autobiography of Red , in which the hero must steal a herd of red cattle from the monster Geryon, killing the beast in the process. In her telling, the author reimagines the narrative-conquering hero slays grotesque fiend-as a contemporary coming-of-age story. It was not just popular; it was populist. . . . Given this, Carson's decision to produce a sequel, Red Doc> , more than a decade later, should come as no surprise. . . . In Autobiography of Red , she updated a myth to tease out underlying qualities of ancient Greek culture-its embrace of same-sex relationships, for example-that struck a chord in modern times. In Red Doc> , she revisits these characters to ask what happens when the same old story will not suffice. The answer, as you might imagine, is complex: the more you read, the more you appreciate her gift for crafting electrifying poetry through an aggregation of bits and pieces, from the New Testament to Goethe to Proust. It is an acknowledgment that the stories we have told one another for centuries still resonate, even if their meanings have changed. . . . In Red Doc> , the stepping stones of myth no longer suffice, and that narrative breakdown could serve as a defining symbol for the twenty-first century. . . . Carson reveals that the facts don't tell the whole story: that myth, in the end, was only part of the puzzle. Not because she-or the ancient Greeks-wanted to lie, or forgot, but because they didn't know the whole truth. Myth might become reality, but history is not destiny." -Sarah Liss, The Walrus "Carson is arguably the most famous Canadian poet writing today. She is also a respected classical scholar. Red Doc > is a sequel to Autobiography of Red , but the two main characters appear here wit. Bookseller Inventory # ABE_book_new_0307960587

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