The Beauty of the Husband: A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos

The Beauty of the Husband A Fictional Essay in Tangos The Beauty Of The Husband is an essay on Keats s idea that beauty is truth and is also the story of a marriage It is told in tangos A tango like a marriage is something you have to dance to the en

The Beauty Of The Husband is an essay on Keats s idea that beauty is truth, and is also the story of a marriage It is told in 29 tangos A tango like a marriage is something you have to dance to the end.This clear eyed, brutal, moving, darkly funny book tells a single story in an immediate, accessible voice 29 tangos of narrative verse that take us vividly through eroThe Beauty Of The Husband is an essay on Keats s idea that beauty is truth, and is also the story of a marriage It is told in 29 tangos A tango like a marriage is something you have to dance to the end.This clear eyed, brutal, moving, darkly funny book tells a single story in an immediate, accessible voice 29 tangos of narrative verse that take us vividly through erotic, painful, and heartbreaking scenes from a long time marriage that falls apart Only award winning poet Anne Carson could create a work that takes on the oldest of lyrical subjects love and make it this powerful, this fresh, this devastating.

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  1. Anne Carson is a Canadian poet, essayist, translator and professor of Classics Carson lived in Montreal for several years and taught at McGill University, the University of Michigan, and at Princeton University from 1980 1987 She was a 1998 Guggenheim Fellow and in 2000 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship She has also won a Lannan Literary Award.Carson with background in classical languages, comparative literature, anthropology, history, and commercial art blends ideas and themes from many fields in her writing She frequently references, modernizes, and translates Ancient Greek literature She has published eighteen books as of 2013, all of which blend the forms of poetry, essay, prose, criticism, translation, dramatic dialogue, fiction, and non fiction She is an internationally acclaimed writer Her books include Antigonick, Nox, Decreation, The Beauty of the Husband A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos, winner of the T.S Eliot Prize for Poetry Economy of the Unlost Autobiography of Red, shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award and the T.S Eliot Prize, Plainwater Essays and Poetry, and Glass, Irony and God, shortlisted for the Forward Prize Carson is also a classics scholar, the translator of If Not, Winter Fragments of Sappho, and the author of Eros the Bittersweet Her awards and honors include the Lannan Award, the Pushcart Prize, the Griffin Trust Award for Excellence in Poetry, a Guggenheim fellowship, and a MacArthur Fellowship Her latest book, Red Doc, was shortlisted for the 2013 T.S Elliot Prize.

180 Reply to “The Beauty of the Husband: A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos”

  1. 4.5 5Good thing I don t have Keats on hand, else there I go.A lie, for I have a form of it in nightingale, third from the top of a section labeled Poetry in some chimera thing brewed for the last six years if the transcribed origin date does not lie Six hundred pages passed just this week, the cut and paste accumulating in smallish fur, micro soft for the consumer, so pardon my crankiness whenever the adulation for paper and pen and etc grow a bit much I chomped the bit in typing school on the d [...]


  2. What is it that binds one person to another Why does beauty have such sway How is it that one is bound to someone who is destructive, or faithless, or fickle, or deceitful, or who constantly disappears, or who can never love you the way you want or need Or all of the above, and yet the bond persists Why How is it that you can not escape What cruel trick of fate or nature can give you over to such a creature Don t call it my choice,I was ventured by some pure gravity of existence itself,conspirac [...]


  3. This entire book is one progressive poem, told from the point of view of the wife She is a totally unsympathetic figure, except for maybe when she is remembering how she first met her husband, how she was first ensnared Carson has written a complex and melancholy tale of the pitfalls of beauty, presented in 29 Tangos, or interconnected poems The poems build upon eachother, grow from eachother, and I would gladly be rating this 5 stars if the final poem had not felt so limp when compared to the p [...]


  4. Great concept, lovely poems and beautiful presentation A must read by one of Canada s most ingenious poets.


  5. The New York Times magazine recently ran a profile of Anne Carson Despite having read much of her work over the last decade, I hadn t read much about her as a person, and the piece made me start grabbing her books off the shelves again I had forgotten just how intense an experience this is The Beauty of the Husband in particular makes me grope for words other than, You have to read it It s painful and stark, the story of a woman s obsession with a man she should never have married but would love [...]



  6. VIII IT WAS JUST NIGHT LAUNDRY SNAPPING ITS VOWELS ON THE LINE WHEN MOTHER SAID WHAT S THAT SOUNDPoets be generous prefer to conceal the truth beneath strata of ironybecause this is the look of truth layered and elusive.Was he a poet Yes and no.His letters, we agree, were highly poetic They fell into my lifelike pollen and stained it I hid them from my motheryet she always knew.Lover, merciful one you write me but you do not come to me This one my mother did not read.Rabbis liken the Torah to th [...]


  7. Also posted on Eva Lucias blog First of all, the form and structure of the poetry collection consist of dialogue, fragments of flashbacks and memories, journal form, letters and literary references As Carson truly possesses the art of writing, she does not reveal everything, so the reader is left with questions and in some instances confusion Although, Carson s literary universe is filled with symbolism, metaphors and literary references, her poetry appears readable because it consists of everyd [...]


  8. 4.5 of 5.0 INCREDIBLE From publisher s synopsis An essay in verse on Keat s idea that beauty is truth, as well as the story of a marriage It is told in twenty nine tangos A tango like a marriage is something you have to dance to the end Excerpts from Anne Carson s writing, in, The Beauty of the Husband, include My philosophy of life is that everything is as it seems at a distance Tanks on the edges of forests.Tanks on the edges of forests, 134 Not since I skinned rabbits with my grandfather in t [...]


  9. The Beauty of the Husband A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos by Anne Carson is one of her accessible books a volume of poetic prose describing the painful breakdown of a marriage in which the major hold is, as said, the husband s beauty Unfortunately, this beauty comes at a high price as he seems incapable of fidelity.Using Keats as a source along with a host of others, including Thucydides and Beckett , Carson uses her always amazing language to weave a story of love and loss and the lure of beaut [...]


  10. Never have I read a book similar in either syntax or form to The Beauty of the Husband Where initially I thought we would move languorously through the marriage and its inevitable end the tangos as Anne Carson describes them pick up speed and seem to skim through years at a breakneck speed much like a crescendo toward which the dancers feverishly move It leaves you just as a good book should slightly breathless, with the taste of certain lines still lingering on your tongue, and wanting to read [...]


  11. Darkling, I listen, and in listening dispel the myth of the congruous beautiful husband and beautiful marriage Pick one


  12. Never have I ever read anything like this before My copy will be dog eared and marked to the full in the coming decades, because I just found myself a new favorite.


  13. to what extent does TBOTH succeed as a book length piece of fiction I had difficulty sympathizing with the protagonist, who seemed to love her spouse for no other reason than his alleged beauty The character for whom I felt the most sympathy was Ray, and I felt that he was under utilized But perhaps I m not supposed to approach this work the way one approaches a novel Achilles is one of the least sympathetic protagonists in all of fiction, but that doesn t make The Iliad a bad book And Carson st [...]


  14. Anne Carson continues to impress me with her style and use of formal experimentation The book is first and foremost an essay on Keats s idea that beauty is truth, and is also the story of a marriage , told in 29 Tangos I ll address that later that begin with a quote from Keats, often utilizing obscure passages from journals or drafts or, in one case, something found by Keats scratched on the glass of his lodging in Newport , and then a Chapter or Tango heading that is best characterizes as being [...]


  15. Amen, Sister She captures it She got it down exactly how it feels to be betrayed by a lover and by the self for still loving the betrayer The book was page after page of surprises on a not so surprising subject I am amazed at how much she renders without a hint of sentimentality It think this is because her images are brutally lucid This helps because any abstract or intellectual investigation that happens subsequently are securely staked to the poem by such strong images For example, I m still [...]


  16. You know when people say I finished this book and immediately began it again, and you don t really believe it, because there are so many books in the world, why wouldn t you read something new And why not at least put some space between rereadings But, sure, I finished this book and immediately read it again My first reading was slow, one tiny bit a tango, in Carson s taxonomy at a time, savored between chapters of other books that felt flat and dull in comparison Aria and recitative The second [...]


  17. I bought this book around the time I got separated from my ex husband I didn t quite know what to expect I just knew I liked the title and subtitle husband and tango It sat on my shelf for a while I re read it during my recent poetry streak, and this time I found it absolutely haunting and daring I don t think it s a book you sit down to understand rather, it s a work to feel, to resonate with, to weep with.


  18. F rst nu eftersom jag r tr gt nkt f rst r jag varf r Carson kunde vers tta Sapfo s pass bra hon r m stare p att skriva i fragment lskade denna, lskar Anne Kommer l sa om p originalspr k i en n ra framtid inget ont om vers ttningen, dock.



  19. My only regret is that my copy is paperback and not hardcover, because I m definitely going to be reading it again and taking it with me whenever I move.Read August 1, 2007




  20. V different from the only other Carson I ve read, Autobiography of Red looking forward to its sequel, Red Doc, coming in March, 2013 How s that for a little itty bitty winking free ad, Mz Carson.Tackles, according to the back cover, Keats notion that Beauty is truth, truth beauty in his Ode on a Grecian Urn I don t know if that was actually Carson s project here the Urn never appears in the epigrams to each tango these are largely from some tragedy play he wrote that I didn t even know existed O [...]


  21. I maybe would have given this four stars but upon reading the last poem I shut the book and uttered ah, that was great and my boyfriend quickly snagged it from my hands This is the first Anne Carson book I ve read and I doubt will be the last I anticipate reading this one again as well As it is deceptively a quick read, I read it quickly Which is, I would suggest, the best way to read it at first But, there are so many crevices and lowlit alleys to explore between the blunt ridges and in the pal [...]


  22. i finished this this morning and then i was out for the day and it was hot and then i came home and eventually fell asleep for an hour and a half and it was one of those naps that you wake up from feeling kind of dead and washed out, scraped clean of all life and memory by which i mean, i already barely remember need to reread this there will be nothing to say here i bought this Because shoutout to my notes on red doc , like honestly i ve been wanting to read eros the bittersweet or plainwater o [...]


  23. All unions dissolve Time or circumstance take their toll But there s always a residual bond that may dissipate by it never disappears Reading Anne Carson is a marriage of sorts, and reading Anne Carson in THE BEAUTY OF THE HUSBAND is to witness a marriage break, even as she joins the reader with her words They re simple words, but then so are Keats and Plato s and Aristotle s and the handful of other minds she processes in her own to render the end of her marriage It s a hard and moving read, ha [...]


  24. After having read 3 Carsons in a row, I was determined to give her a break for fear I d tire of her soon with habituality So I started a bunch of books in the past month, all good reads, but couldn t finish any, because The Beauty of the Husband and Red Doc were smirking at me from my shelves.Tonight, I gave in and read The Beauty of the Husband All of it All its tangos without pause, like breathing them in And then I read them again, but slowly, vocalizing this or that line like breathing them [...]


  25. Quick Before everybody gets here with their foaming and fawning, I ll tell you that the book is yes still a book It has its on s and off s and it doesn t really try to release itself from the constraints that are laid out in the beginning That its pulped in a way That its sadnesses are very hard and while it s not about mastery, it s about something akin to the suffering that comes from mastery That the thinking takes the poem hostage in parts and yeah, that s sort of the point, but that point d [...]


  26. I had started this book a long time ago, and so I reread the whole thing this year I think the last poem is my favorite in the book I like how the book is actually a narrative, though told in poems As with all Anne Carson, there is heady stuff in each poem but it is also emotional and fragmentary, all the things you expect from Anne Carson I enjoyed it, but again as with most Anne Carson I felt there were aspects I was missing because I don t understand all her references.But I liked it.


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