Bright Air Black

Bright Air Black Following the success of Aquarium which was a New York Times Editor s Choice and garnered numerous rave reviews David Vann transports us to th century B C to give a nuanced and electric portrait of

  • Title: Bright Air Black
  • Author: David Vann
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  • Bright Air Black

    Following the success of Aquarium which was a New York Times Editor s Choice and garnered numerous rave reviews, David Vann transports us to 13th century B.C to give a nuanced and electric portrait of the life of one of ancient mythology s most fascinating and notorious women, Medea In brilliant poetic prose Bright Air Black brings us aboard the ship Argo for its epic reFollowing the success of Aquarium which was a New York Times Editor s Choice and garnered numerous rave reviews, David Vann transports us to 13th century B.C to give a nuanced and electric portrait of the life of one of ancient mythology s most fascinating and notorious women, Medea In brilliant poetic prose Bright Air Black brings us aboard the ship Argo for its epic return journey across the Black Sea from Persia s Colchis where Medea flees her home and father with Jason, the Argonauts, and the Golden Fleece Vann s reimagining of this ancient tale offers a thrilling, realist alternative to the long held notions of Medea as monster or sorceress We witness with dramatic urgency Medea s humanity, her Bronze Age roots and position in Greek society, her love affair with Jason, and her tragic demise Atmospheric and spellbinding, Bright Air Black is an indispensable, fresh and provocative take on one of our earliest texts and the most intimate and corporal version of Medea s story ever told.

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    1. Elyse

      "Bright Air Black" requires a life preserve jacket while reading! A Lightweight polyethylene foam coated vest with a polyester shell will give you the protection needed to hit the waters with Medea, daughter of Aeetes, granddaughter of Helios, and priestess of Hekate. You'll take a mini - ( haha.mini my ass) - nature boat ride with a few other characters as well. Jason and his Argonauts, Argo and 'The Golden Fleece', and the Greek Gods will keep you company. Do not plan on breathing - - there ar [...]

    2. Bradley

      Thanks to Netgalley for this ARC!I knew I was going to get a retelling of Medea from her point of view during the quest of The Golden Fleece and after, with Jason, but I wasn't quite prepared for just how beautiful the lines of the text were. I mean, getting it all from the PoV of Medea was a pretty awesome treat, all by itself, and found myself fully in her camp despite all the awful things she does, but what really caught my attention, even more, was the prose.This is some true mythopoetical r [...]

    3. Sam

      Born to destroy kings, born to reshape the world, born to horrify and break and remake, born to endure and never to be erased. Hekate Medea, more than god and more than woman, alive now, in the time of origin. Bright Air Black is a lyrical ode to the rage and power and will of one woman, Medea. Spirited from the pages of Greek mythology and Euripides' Medea, David Vann's Medea is a fierce, mostly fearless princess and priestess, as much in love with Jason as desperately seeking her own dominion [...]

    4. Hannah

      If I was to rate this book purely based on its language it would be a five star book, hands down. David Vann really knows how to write the most amazing sentences. Some paragraphs were just breathtakingly beautiful in a truly unique way. He mixes short, fragmented sentences with longer more elaborate ones and the result is absolutely stunning. There were so many instances where I had to pause reading just to appreciate the sheer genius of his expression and I am beyond impressed with this. If you [...]

    5. Cheri

      4.5 StarsVann’s telling of his story of Jason and Medea begins aboard the Argo, with Medea’s father in pursuit.She has ripped out all their hearts, she knows. Her father’s crew crippled to see him made smaller. She will humble him until there’s nothing left, until his men don’t know why they’re rowing. They will collect the pieces of the son and wonder that demigods can fall so easily.Vann’s Medea is fiery, a quick-tempered, passionate, feisty descendant of gods and royalty. A sorc [...]

    6. Trish

      This is a thing of beauty. True and utter beauty.David Vann retells the story of fabled Medea. Anyone not knowing the myth should read it first (or at least google it) before reading this book and my review because there will be spoilers.Medea is the most famous daughter of Colchis, supposedly some kind of witch, who killed her own brother and chopped his body to pieces, to help Jason getting away with the golden fleece (which he was only able to steal because she helped him). Later, after being [...]

    7. Rachel

      Bright Air Black is lyrical retelling of the story of Jason and Medea, drawing on elements from the Argonautica and Euripides' Medea to craft a tale that's at once unique and familiar. Book I of David Vann's novel begins in medias res: Medea has just killed her brother, and is helping the Argonauts flee from her father Aeetes, which she reflects on as they sail from her home in Colchis to Jason's home in Iolcus, having obtained the Golden Fleece. Book II follows Medea as she assists in Jason's a [...]

    8. Gill

      'Bright Air Black' by David Vann2 stars / 4 out of 10Some months ago I read Christa Wolf's excellent version of 'Medea', so I was interested in reading David Vann's re-working of the Medea myth.In this book, Vann is retelling the story of Medea and Jason (of Jason and the Argonauts), very much from the point of view of Medea; but told in the third person and the present tense. We are privy to her thoughts and her memories.Vann's writing is extremely vivid. He spares the reader little, which mean [...]

    9. Marianne

      4.5 ★s“One of the men comes to the stern near Medea to fish in last light. A rough net weighted with stones…. He… flings the net overboard, beautiful pattern in flight, a practiced throw, the stones swirling out a perfect circle just as they hit the water… The surface becomes silver, opaque, molten, as if the sea could be reforged every day, great ingot of tin melted down each night, this fisherman casting his net to capture impurities”Bright Air Black is the fifth novel by American [...]

    10. Tamara Agha-Jaffar

      Bright Air Black by David Vann is a lyrical masterpiece. Based on Euripides’ classical Greek play Medea, Vann’s re-telling of Medea’s story is dark, brilliant, and hypnotic. Two notes of caution, however. First, some familiarity with the story of Medea and Jason is necessary prior to reading the novel. And second, this is not a novel for the faint of heart. Vann spares none of the gory details of Medea’s horrific actions in all of their blood-curdling madness. The novel opens with Medea [...]

    11. Text Publishing

      ‘Vann’s prose is as pure as a gulp of water from an Alaskan stream.' Financial Times‘[Vann] is the real thing—a mature, risk-taking and fantastically adept fiction writer who dares go to the darkest places, explore their most appalling corners.' Observer‘One of the most exciting writers at work today.’ Australian‘One of the most darkly talented and unsettling writers working today.’Guardian‘Vann is a brave writer, daring to write about and depict things that most other authors [...]

    12. Lark Benobi

      This one just didn't work for me, however much I wanted it to and however much I kept trying to like it. I can think of only one re-imagining of classical Greek literature that has worked for me, actually: Ransom by David Malouf. It's a novel-length re-imagining of just one scene of the Iliad, of the meeting between Priam and Achilles after Hector has died. What works so beautifully in this short novel is the way Malouf works to make these characters more human, more humble, more idiosyncratic, [...]

    13. Caterina

      Medea, destroyer of kings.The story of Medea here begins on-board the Argo, where the Argonauts having stolen the Golden Fleece, are being chased by Medea’s father. The rest is a well-known story, but this time our author chose a mesmerizing poetic prose to describe the horrendous events surrounding the Medea myth.This is an exceptionally violent Medea, one that dislikes men, but falls in love with Jason, who is portrayed as an ambitious but lazy leader, simply because he doesn’t grasp the c [...]

    14. Bonnie

      DNF @ 7%Considering Medea was one of my all-time favorite reads from my Ancient and Medieval Cultures class in college, I had high hopes for this one. Alas, it didn’t pan out. Bright Air Black is set before Medea and Jason have children but after Jason has secured the Golden Fleece. Medea’s father, King Aeëtes, is in pursuit of them and in an attempt to slow him down Medea sacrifices her brother, dismembers him, and tosses pieces of him overboard knowing that her father will stop to collect [...]

    15. Rebecca Foster

      Strange that Vann’s most straightforward tribute to Greek tragedy should result in his least resonant and cathartic novel. This is a retelling of the myth of the witch Medea, best known via Euripides’ fifth-century B.C. play. The novel opens in medias res and is full of references to gods and other legendary figures; if it’s been a while since you studied Greek mythology, you may well need a refresher course. Atavistic glorying in gore is a trademark of Vann’s work, but there’s an extr [...]

    16. Mark Landmann

      I almost didn't read this because I didn't find the subject matter very interesting, but I did because of the author's last two books, and I found it captivating. I wasn't that familiar with the source material so didn't know what to expect from the plot, and have enjoyed afterwards reading about Jason and Medea and the Argonauts and the Golden Fleece, as well as following along the journey as best I could on the map. But it's really the writing of course that I liked so much. I don't think ther [...]

    17. Jill

      A sharp, intense, and beautiful book. The layers of attention to Medea's complex character were exceptional, and lent a great deal to my overall understanding of the story (as well as to classical mythology more generally, actually) --- a winner, completely. Also Medea is a fucking kaweeeeen

    18. Azriela

      Bright Air Black is a retelling of the myth of Jason and the Argonauts, but it's actually mostly about Medea, since it focuses on her point of view. It's always nice to see authors give voices to female characters who were either villainized or completely voiceless. Medea from this book is not represented in a positive light, though. She is a ruthless sorceress. She is murderous and she desires power. But that's not all that she is. Medea is also in search of herself and her place in the world, [...]

    19. Justin

      Bright Air Black by David Vann was a difficult one for me. I love the story of Medea and Jason. I had the opportunity to read two Medea narratives while in college and the Medea story stuck with me. A woman who grasps power for her own by slaughtering her own children, after betraying her father and killing her brother, is such a badass story. When I saw this was a first person narrative and retelling of the story, I knew I had to read it.This is where things might have gotten me in trouble a bi [...]

    20. Maya

      I enjoyed this one, to a point. The premise and storytelling itself were splendid and unexpected - I had quite forgotten what this book was about by the time I opened it, so the fact that it is what it is surprised me. I feel like, even though the prose and imagery were outstanding, that this book could use a couple of things to spiff it up though. It could definitely be served well with chapters - even if they're short, staccato chapters instead of long winding ones. The inability to put down t [...]

    21. Jamie

      I remember reading Medea a few years ago and loved it and now having read this version I loved this story just as much.What a dark and horrifying tale. The hatred and revenge kept me engaged in the story fully-and the only real downfall for me had been what other reviewers have already commented on, and that is it is quite difficult to stop reading as there isn't really a place to add a stopping point. However, the prose is absolutely beautiful, and at times I had to stop and marvel at the writi [...]

    22. Nicki Markus

      Bright Air Black is a book that snuck up on me. At first I wasn't keen on the free form prose, finding it a little jumpy and disjointed, but once I got a feel for it, I grew to enjoy it. The story is a familiar one, but David Vann breathes new life into the tale, taking the reader deep into Medea's psyche. It is certainly atmospheric and poetic, and Vann manages to maintain a sense of tension and expectation, despite the fact that readers will likely already know how it's going to end. This book [...]

    23. Michelle

      David Vann has made a name for himself writing brutal, stark, and yet poignant stories that capture human nature. With Bright Air Black, he continues in that same tradition by putting his spin on the Medea legend. What follows among its pages is a story of love and revenge, as befits the subject, but also one of fierce pride and loss. Mr. Vann humanizes Medea in a way previously unseen and reminds readers that behind every powerful man there is almost always an equally powerful woman, in spite o [...]

    24. Lisa

      I got up to page 64 and I thought: I'm sick of thisI know the story of Medea, and I can see that Vann is writing a strange kind of feminist version of it, emphasising that Medea is outdoing the men by making them fear her as if she were a god. By defying all the conventions of womanhood she is able to command their fear and respect but I got so sick of the violence and gore, I just decided I didn't want to spend my time reading any more of it.

    25. Megan

      Okay, so full disclosure? I haven't actually read Medea and don't really know the story apart from the fact that there's a lot of killing and stuff. But I figured that in a retelling of the play, it wouldn't matter too much, and I'd soon pick up an understanding of what was going on.Wrong.Right from the start we are thrown into the action, and I'm honestly still not too sure about what was happening. I think they're fleeing Medea's father, but then she's wallowing in the gore of her dismembered [...]

    26. Madeleine

      **Thank you to Grove atlantic for providing me a digital ARC of this novel via Netgalley for the purpose of review**I was fully braced to hate this novel; I was fully prepped to love this novel. I was not prepared to be hypnotized by it.Having grown up in a Classical household -- my grandfather is a retired professor of the Classics -- and spent many a year and academic class studying the Classics, I am attached ot the stories of the Ancient Greeks to the point of being a very harsh critic. I am [...]

    27. Conrad

      David Vann takes on the Euripides Medea myth. Here, he circumnavigates Jason and the Argonauts on the sea pursuit of the Golden Fleece but allows us to hear the story from Medea’s (somewhat radical!) perspective as she throws her family away over the board of the ship (literally!) moved by a confining and fatal passion, confronts the challenges of her time, romantic and patriarchal and just presents a really electrifying (and Electra-fying) version of Medea. It was a somewhat strange read as t [...]

    28. Suzie

      4 1/2 stars. David Vann is a wonderful storyteller and his ability to insert the reader into the story with his evocative description is amazing. I was worried this book would be a bit beyond me as I didn't know the story at all, but I think it turned out to be a good thing. I had no preconceived ideas about what was about to happen or what should have happened, and the ending was a complete shock that I didn't see coming. Not for everyone, but I really enjoyed it, much to my own surprise

    29. Roosje De Vries

      metdeneusindeboekenDavid Vann, Klare lucht zwart, 2017, De Bezige Bij, 238 pp.Oorspronkelijke titel: Bright Air Black, 2017Vertaald door Arjaan van Nimwegen Thijs van Nimwegen Verschijningsdatum april 2017 ISBN10 9023407784 ISBN13 9789023407782 Een duister verhaal, een gekwelde vrouwInleidingDit boek van David Vann over een beruchte vrouw, tovenares en moordenares uit de Griekse en Thracische mythologie, Medea, riep tijdens en na het lezen veel vragen bij me op. Ik noem er een paar. Wat voor een [...]

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