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The Beauty of the Husband by Anne Carson
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Dec 30, 07

bookshelves: possibles-mfa-essay, non-fiction-drama-poetry, tip-top, read-in-2007, perfect-prose, xx-chromosome
Recommended for: lovers of spare narratives and poetic compression
Read in December, 2007

This unclassifiable book (memoir-poetry-essay hybrid) does indeed dance a seductive tango of linguistic and intellectual connection. It's quite beautiful and quite erudite, as I've come to expect from Carson. Ironically, I consumed the entirety of this erotic and meditative series in airport waiting rooms. I'm sitting in one now, actually - worlds away from the Keats allusions and apple branches permeating this work.

The hours-long brain fuzz of loudspeaker announcements prevents me from being more eloquent and informative on this book, but highly recommended!
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