Red Doc> by Anne Carson

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7 Critic Reviews

“Red Doc>” might fail as a novel — did it want to succeed as a novel? — but it succeeds as linguistic confrontation. And “Red Doc>” succeeds at the last.
-NY Times

Synopsis

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.

 

About Anne Carson

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Anne Carson lives in Canada.From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published March 5, 2013 by Knopf. 192 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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All: 7 | Positive: 6 | Negative: 1

NY Times

Good
Reviewed by Daisy Fried on Apr 19 2013

“Red Doc>” might fail as a novel — did it want to succeed as a novel? — but it succeeds as linguistic confrontation. And “Red Doc>” succeeds at the last.

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Guardian

Excellent
Reviewed by Sarah Crown on Aug 16 2013

You'd be justified in thinking, on finishing Red Doc>, that it is Carson who has got the jump here. To engage so fluidly, so originally and compellingly, with a story first told more than 3,000 years ago, is astonishing: her ambition is one thing; the fact that it is so completely achieved is, frankly, something else.

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Guardian

Good
Reviewed by Kate Kellaway on Jun 29 2013

The book is filled with strange sightings...But this is no fancy-dress party. And when it eventually comes, the death of G's mother is moving because of its casualness.

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NPR

Good
Reviewed by Rosecrans Baldwin on Mar 06 2013

...Red Doc is insightful, whimsical, erotic and sad. Carson's especially good with winter landscapes...

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Globe and Mail

Good
Reviewed by Ewan Whyte on Mar 08 2013

Carson’s writing takes poetry outside its usual and sometimes outmoded boundaries, but it’s always an inspired creation.

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Toronto Star

Good
Reviewed by Barbara Carey on Sep 13 2013

...“I’m really trying to make people’s minds move, you know, which is not something they’re naturally inclined to do...it’s really important to get somehow into the mind and make it move somewhere it has never moved before.” Red Doc does indeed take the reader in unexpected directions: it’s odd, unpredictable and utterly enthralling.

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National Post arts

Below average
Reviewed by Michael Lista on Mar 15 2013

The intertext is décor, pure name-dropping, never engaged with at any real depth, its sole function to bootstrap prestige to writing which never has to earn it for itself.

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