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Red Doc>

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By (author) Anne Carson

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  • Publisher: Random House Inc
  • Format: Hardback | 167 pages
  • Dimensions: 168mm x 221mm x 23mm | 431g
  • Publication date: 5 March 2013
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 0307960587
  • ISBN 13: 9780307960580
  • Sales rank: 157,536

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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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Anne Carson was born in Canada and teaches ancient Greek for a living.

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"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