While I am an English Writing major and have always considered myself someone who loves reading, I have always been weary of nonconventional pieces such as Anne Carson's "Autobiography of Red". I guess I have always been intimidated by books that did not follow the standard patterns that I was introduced to when I was younger and so am very familiar with. I was really hoping that this course would introduce me to/force me to read books that differ from the forms that I am used to, and here I am getting this on our very first book!
I agree with a lot of you when I say that I really picked up (and this surprised me a bit) a large since of emotion from this book. I couldn't believe at first how much the character of Geryon struck me. Carson's writing is so universal that I was able to relate to this character in a way I didn't think was possible after discovering that he was a "winged red monster". Someone (I forget who) posted below and described her reaction to the book as a sort of "coming of age". I think that is a really intersting description for this book and it helps me see Geryon in a different light. Perhaps that is part of the reason why he is so relateable. Whether he is a winged monster or not, he is dealing with a lot of the emotions that we have either experienced ourselves, or read several other characters who have dealt with the same types of things.