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

by Anne Carson

Paper Book, 2001






New York : Vintage Books, 2002, c2001.


The Beauty Of The Husbandis 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.

User reviews

LibraryThing member dawnpen
Quick. Before everbody gets here with their foaming and fawning, I'll tell you that the book is still a book. It has its confines 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 doesn't really matter now does it?… (more)
LibraryThing member eidzior
A sad novella in verse about the end of a marriage. I tried reading this when I was younger and couldn't finish.....being married now and reading it.... this book just makes my heart sad. Anne Carson is a wonderful poet though and this book makes me want to read more Keats!



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