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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Books; Reprint edition (28 Mar. 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0375708421
  • ISBN-13: 978-0375708428
  • Product Dimensions: 13.1 x 1.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 107,206 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By RJP on 18 Oct. 2014
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perfect. thanks
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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Plainwater is a book heady with the theme of loss 27 Jun. 1998
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Plainwater is a work of art that is unlike any contemporary piece of writing I've read. It's heady with the themes of loss and freedom and the narrator speaks from a place of quiet intensity that burns more vehemently with each observation. She is on a road-trip, the narrator, with a companion that threatens an isolation more profound than any found alone. Constantly is the backdrop, the theme, and the language of water. One can get lost in Carson's language and, like any work of poetry, the language crosses the line and becomes something else: you are at one point no longer reading but are taking in the narrator's interior life as your own. The landscape of your mind and the story has become one and the same through the median skin of the words. Can't recommend this book highly enough. Like Glass, Irony and God- it bespeaks of maps not really charted by any other contemporary writer but maps that any woman will recognize as partly her own. It crosses into philosophy and parable simply in its adherance to its own interiority: like Hesse, Goethe, Novalis, Holderlin, Rilke et al... it shifts into another kind of story, the kinds that are shamanistic, that place in the reader reflections of their own truth.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
the ancient world emerges 22 Jan. 2003
By marci dean - Published on
Format: Paperback
wow. i first picked up this book last week and am blown away. the work of anne carson seems to be speaking from a world only newly unearthed...grainy and weird and wonderful!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
my favorite book ever 29 Sept. 2002
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the last section of this book-- the anthropology of water-- is my favorite piece of writing i have ever read. it's amazing. you can read it 50 times and still get something new out of it.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I Praise 14 Aug. 2002
By Shigefumi Yamaura - Published on
Format: Paperback
She's probably the most original writer at work in the English language at the moment. Challenging, yet rewarding; original, yet rooted firmly is an established tradition. Her work makes the genre--whatever it is--sing its own praises. There's no need for a review such as this.
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kindred minds 18 Jun. 2013
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There is nothing like stumbling on someone you immediately love & lots of other people have already known about for a long time. I thank the NY Times for their articles on Ms Carson and therefore leading me to her amazing mind. Her entries in this volume are like wordy koans...your mind says "yes I know exactly the truth of that"....but is there a conclusion?
Of course there is a conclusion, but it takes time for you to think about it ....and your answer might not be like anyone else.
All I can say is that this book is an open road....leading somewhere worth going.
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