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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’ 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 uniue way He mixes short fragmented sentences with longer 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 don t know the classic Medea myth the following paragraphs will be full of spoilers In this retelling of the Medea myth Vann creates a brilliantly dark atmosphere and a relentlessly compelling narrative structure We follow Medea from the moment she leaves Colchis having just dismembered her brother to the moment she is most famous for killing her twin children From the very beginning the book is relentless there is never a good moment to stop reading and take a breath Medea is full of rage raging against everything and everyone and this rage is felt throughout the book She is never soft never weak even in her love for her children she is demanding and intense and even frightening Medea is one of my favourite characters of all time and I love that Vann lets her be angry lets her rage and lets her be unsympathetic in her desire to never be erased from her time and from the history that follows she is dark and mean and it is in her nature to be that wayHowever where this book did feel a bit flat for me was in its depiction of Medea s and Jason s relationship This relationship is at the core of this story and for all that importance it never made sense She leaves everything behind for him even if leaving her father s world had other reasons as well and I just never got a sense of why she would do this Jason is a bit too much of a non entity overall he is not strong enough as a character to be a convincing counterpoint for her rage Still this is a minor complaint and it might very well have been a conscious decision to make him so bland a character The writing is just so very brilliant to make up for any perceived lack of character development I mean just look at this paragraph Medea is without words without thought She has unstrung the world pulled some vital thread and unraveled all Nothing to do now but hold her breath and find out whether a new world re forms I received an arc of this book curtesy of NetGalley and Grove Atlantic in exchange for an honest review Thanks for that An Impolite Seduction (Countess Trilogy you don t know the classic Medea myth the following paragraphs will be full of spoilers In this retelling of the Medea myth Vann creates a brilliantly dark atmosphere and a relentlessly compelling narrative structure We follow Medea from the moment she leaves Colchis having just dismembered her brother to the moment she is most famous for killing her twin children From the very beginning the book is relentless there is never a good moment to stop reading and take a breath Medea is full of rage raging against everything and everyone and this rage is felt throughout the book She is never soft never weak even in her love for her children she is demanding and intense and even frightening Medea is one of my favourite characters of all time and I love that Vann lets her be angry lets her rage and lets her be unsympathetic in her desire to never be erased from her time and from the history that follows she is dark and mean and it is in her nature to be that wayHowever where this book did feel a bit flat for me was in its depiction of Medea s and Jason s relationship This relationship is at the core of this story and for all that importance it never made sense She leaves everything behind for him even if leaving her father s world had other reasons as well and I just never got a sense of why she would do this Jason is a bit too much of a non entity overall he is not strong enough as a character to be a convincing counterpoint for her rage Still this is a minor complaint and it might very well have been a conscious decision to make him so bland a character The writing is just so very brilliant to make up for any perceived lack of character development I mean just look at this paragraph Medea is without words without thought She has unstrung the world pulled some vital thread and unraveled all Nothing to do now but hold her breath and find out whether a new world re forms I received an arc of this book curtesy of NetGalley and Grove Atlantic in exchange for an honest review Thanks for that

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In Bright Air Black David Vann transports us to 13th century BC to give a nuanced and electric portrait of the life of one of ancient mythology’s most fascinating and notorious women MedeaIn brilliant poetic prose Bright Air Black brings us aboard the ship Argo for its epic return journey across the Bright Air Black reuires 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 hahamini 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 are no get out of Jail free pass cardsbut you get one pass go to stand up and stretch card before beginning Book Two David Vann wrote one hell of an amazing LONG WINDED Dark violent modern Greek Mythology tale that is BLACK than BLACK The writing is so hypnotic awesomely mesmerizing and shockingly brilliantHow is it possible to write this interesting and creative Sure it s not easy to read or breath as I already told youbut the EXPERIENCE is worth itA little dark Sample excerpt Medea takes a piece of her brother a thigh heavy and tough muscled and licks blood from it dark and thick She spits licks and spits again and again three times to atone Mouth filled with the taste of her family s blood and she throws this piece of Helios into the waves 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 call fall so easily As the ship keeps drifting in the wind every stretch of water is black and unfamiliar Medea misses her brother misses him whole and alive and she is with strangers She worries that since Jason her lover feels nothing for her brotherwhat can he possibly feel for her Her father s ship is receding fading deeper into the night Medea wishes she could make her family whole again help her father put her brother back together again breathe life into him but if she were to help she would feel chained She will not be a slave She will feel this need to help her father and she will not help him She will grieve her brother and kneel his remains and throw the next piece overboard when the time comes She will not be mastered If it is natural to be a slave she will be unnaturalMedea doesn t believe in God s she believes in poweryou have to be descended from God this is the same thing Slaying her brother destroying her father These are acts of God acts that inspire fear and form myth God s do what cannot be done And a women can become a god easily because she is not allowed anything Medea has a strange relationship with Jason Pretty much the way she thinks of him is that he has no vision no plans except to fuck and try not to be killed She wants to sail with Jason to Iolcus Jason s hometown but she doesn t want him or anyone to control her A feminist after my own heart Jason is to bring the Golden Fleece the dark sheepskin back home from the land of Colchisan almost impossible mission His father Pelias secretly wishes he will be slain as he worried Jason wanted revenge against him Medea s fate is locked to Jason s She betrayed her father and butchered her brother for that fleece And Jason is political but too young and too pleased with himself and his fleece He is too hungry to be praised and loved GREAT STORYTELLING PHENOMENAL PROSEby a ridiculously gifted authorHighly recommended for a wild experienceYou re only bound by the elements water fire air earth and blood where it isDeep Darkerwith melting hues and shadows everywhere Men are not buried in the ground but in the air strung from trees in unmanned ox hides Enjoy the chilly twisty ride I didThank You Grove Atlantic NetGalley and David Vann you rock The Prince of Pleasure (The Wilde Brothers, 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 hahamini 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 Hers to Protect you company Do not plan on breathing there are no get out of Jail free pass cardsbut Her Small-Town Hero you get one pass go to stand up and stretch card before beginning Book Two David Vann wrote one hell of an amazing LONG WINDED Dark violent modern Greek Mythology tale that is BLACK than BLACK The writing is so hypnotic awesomely mesmerizing and shockingly brilliantHow is it possible to write this interesting and creative Sure it s not easy to read or breath as I already told Red Tail (Travis Trilogy youbut the EXPERIENCE is worth itA little dark Sample excerpt Medea takes a piece of her brother a thigh heavy and tough muscled and licks blood from it dark and thick She spits licks and spits again and again three times to atone Mouth filled with the taste of her family s blood and she throws this piece of Helios into the waves 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 call fall so easily As the ship keeps drifting in the wind every stretch of water is black and unfamiliar Medea misses her brother misses him whole and alive and she is with strangers She worries that since Jason her lover feels nothing for her brotherwhat can he possibly feel for her Her father s ship is receding fading deeper into the night Medea wishes she could make her family whole again help her father put her brother back together again breathe life into him but if she were to help she would feel chained She will not be a slave She will feel this need to help her father and she will not help him She will grieve her brother and kneel his remains and throw the next piece overboard when the time comes She will not be mastered If it is natural to be a slave she will be unnaturalMedea doesn t believe in God s she believes in poweryou have to be descended from God this is the same thing Slaying her brother destroying her father These are acts of God acts that inspire fear and form myth God s do what cannot be done And a women can become a god easily because she is not allowed anything Medea has a strange relationship with Jason Pretty much the way she thinks of him is that he has no vision no plans except to fuck and try not to be killed She wants to sail with Jason to Iolcus Jason s hometown but she doesn t want him or anyone to control her A feminist after my own heart Jason is to bring the Golden Fleece the dark sheepskin back home from the land of Colchisan almost impossible mission His father Pelias secretly wishes he will be slain as he worried Jason wanted revenge against him Medea s fate is locked to Jason s She betrayed her father and butchered her brother for that fleece And Jason is political but too Promises in Tumble Creek young and too pleased with himself and his fleece He is too hungry to be praised and loved GREAT STORYTELLING PHENOMENAL PROSEby a ridiculously gifted authorHighly recommended for a wild experienceYou re only bound by the elements water fire air earth and blood where it isDeep Darkerwith melting hues and shadows everywhere Men are not buried in the ground but in the air strung from trees in unmanned ox hides Enjoy the chilly twisty ride I didThank You Grove Atlantic NetGalley and David Vann Mischief and Marriage you rock

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S humanity her Bronze Age roots and position in Greek society her love affair with Jason and her tragic demiseAtmospheric 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 This is a thing of beauty True and utter beautyDavid 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 spoilersMedea 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 betrayed by Jason she kills their sons in revengeAs with most of the ancient stories featuring women in leading roles the story was about the monstrosities Medea committed and the male hero who had to endure her This retelling however shines light at what made her do all the things she didWe start with Medea already being on the Argo Jason s ship after getting the fleece She chops her brother s body to pieces and throws those pieces into the sea to gain the favour of Hekate goddess of darkness in order to escape her raging father in actuality she doesn t know if there is a goddess but knows that her father will always stop the ship to retrieve the body part slowing him down The whole motivation for her to cast her lot in with Jason was that she wanted to be free Young and naive she believed in Jason s love and that they could end up happy together or at least that she d be free Interesting is that the author touched upon another half myth stating that there had been many golden fleece in ancient Greece but that only one became famous because of how it was stolen and because of the stories being told how stories get exaggerated over timeSo begins the troublesome journey of doomed Medea and no matter what she has to do the reader knows that she ultimately is a victim of circumstances Because in this ancient world daughters had to have sex with their fathers if those fathers were kings they were slaves to get slapped or whipped or raped and given away as if they had no actual valueMedea refuses to be such a slaveHer refusal to bend to society s norms back then dooms her from the start But she is strong And full of rage rage with each new betrayal And smartIt was interesting to see how the author made her be just a woman instead of an actual witch All the mythic things she did she did through cunning making a lot up as she went giving the Argonauts visions by feeding them mushrooms for example knowing that she was only safe from rape if they feared her yup you read that right right at the beginning Jason wouldn t have saved her from rape a regular Prince Charming I liked that It grounded Medea made her realHer trials then were heartbreaking and absolutely realistic Jason only wanting fame being weak and not very bright belittling her treating her no better than her father had using her whenever it suits him right up until he casts her and his two sons they have aside for a younger bride another pretty princess as soon as Medea had delivered him from the last bad place they had to endure So she poisons Jason s new wife and her father who feared Medea and was therefore cruel to her and plans to escape but realistically again things go wrong She refuses to leave her children behind so when the palace guards close in on them she rather kills her children herself uickly and merciful than what they d have to expect The act is so unbelievable that the guards turn away so she cannot even find solace in death herselfYes Medea commits monstrous acts but since we know about what leads to every act we can absolutely see why she did these things that she had to do these things and can therefore feel empathy rather than judgement At least I could The author thus succeeded in telling the real story of a real womenWhat makes this retelling so utterly beautiful and almost unbelievably fantastic is the prose I ve never read anything like it The book is only divided into two sections first the flight then 6 years after Jason and Medea become slaves leading to their childrens deaths no chapters The lines flow so elegantly so rhythmically that chapters would have been ugly interruptions since one doesn t want to stop reading Every line was intricate and conveyed so much feeling that I could uote than half the bookI received a copy from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review but will definitely buy the hardcopy of this book I m in love


10 thoughts on “Bright Air Black

  1. says:

    Bright Air Black reuires a life preserve jacket while reading A Lightweight polyethylene foam coated vest with a polyester shell will give you t

  2. says:

    Thanks to Netgalley for this ARCI knew I was going to get a retelling of Medea from her point of view during the uest of The Golden Fleece and after with Jason but I wasn't uite prepared for just how beautiful the lines of the text were I mea

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    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 than god and than woman alive now in the time of origin Bright Air Black is a lyrical

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    Earlier this year I read the hugely popular Circe named for a demi goddess who becomes a witch A witch who sometimes turns men into pigs Once in a fit of jealousy she turned a nymph into a hideous multi headed swamp beast Reading this reminded me that Greek mythology isn't prettyWell Bright Air Black makes Circe look like

  5. says:

    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 uniue way He mixes short fragmented sentences with longer elaborate ones and the result is absolutely stunnin

  6. says:

    45 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 pie

  7. says:

    Bright Air Black reuires and rewards rapt attention Like every other Vann novel the writing is a uniue mix of poetry and viscera There is really no one else who writes like this There is no one else who could have so deeply imagined Medea murdering her brother on the deck of Jason's ship as she flees with Jaso

  8. says:

    This is a thing of beauty True and utter beautyDavid 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

  9. says:

    Bright Air Black is lyrical retelling of the story of Jason and Medea drawing on elements from the Argonautica

  10. says:

    '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 mythIn this book Vann is retelling the story of Medea and Jason of Jason and the Argonauts very much from the point of view o

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