Cain’s Book has ratings and 33 reviews. MJ said: Trocchi’s final and most fêted work (apart from the odds-and-ends poetry shambles, Man at Leisure, a. So begins Cain’s Book, Alexander Trocchi’s incredible novel of existential dread. Young Adam, its predecessor, is better known, but the latter is. Written in America while Trocchi was working on a scow on the Hudson River, Cain’s Book is an extraordinary autobiographical account about a junky’s life, and .
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Much has been written of its this and that existential themes or insights, commentary on art and writing etc. It’s excellent, because the character of Alexander Trocchi is on every page, trocfhi he himself is a fascinating figure.
If only writers of lesser talent would rebel against that obligation—we may have less whiffy bookstores.
Cain’s Book by Trocchi, Alexander
The flashback sections, not so hot. Probably the most famous novel about drug addiction and the hazards and excitements of an. I would czin on grounds of public safety that heroin and all other known drugs be placed with lucid literature pertaining to its use and abuse on the counters caun all chemists to think that a man should be allowed a gun and not a drug!
It wasnt a linear rhythm. The publisher was Grove Press. The universe might shrink or expand. I would remain aware, a little pocket of coherence in the city of dreadful night.
Its publisher, John Caldersought a separate trial for Cain’s Book distinguishing it from the hundreds of others that had been cxin, intending to prevail on the book’s literary merit as Penguin Books had done four years before in the trial of Lady Chatterley’s Lover.
In some ways, I thought it was brutally honest in a very refreshing way, and in others I felt like he was believing his own lies.
Many people praise the language and his power of description, which have never been what made a book great bolk me. It is also an account of what it means to be a junky and an outsider from society.
An identity slips away and one can no longer choose to be immersed in it, voluptuously to be duped. The spine has wear to the head.
Good grief, what overrated dross. He had a name for the mag—Merlin The life span of the average small press caim magazine is measured not in years but issues. He was a good businessman, oddly enough, and was able to make a living wheeling and dealing in the antiquarian book trade, working out of a stall in a fleamarket. His other books includes some interesting pseudonymous pornography for the Olympia Press.
Trivia About Cain’s Book. She pushed everything, clothes, meat and other valuables she boosted, her own thin chops. Jan 31, Jaimee Hart rated it really liked it. Order by newest oldest recommendations. That very dread hatred is of dread is more the point than the object of terror: I liked that line about the martini.
Although I will probably read his other novel as well at some point just to see if it’s any better.
The junky genius of Alexander Trocchi
Retrieved from ” https: Literature Suppressed on Social Grounds. Here and there are flashbacks to his childhood and some good sex scenes. I say ‘he’ because though the female of the species exists, she has a different meaning that I haven’t quite worked out.
Thus, I suppose, many of its readers will never get to read it. This is his poetic project and it’s also the way his whole trlcchi system works at its most basic level the two are the same. Sign up to receive offers and updates: Much of it is good but safely radical, the sort of stuff any arty adolescent suffused with angst, ennui and the sweet anger at provincialism could come up with: This is the journal of Joe Necchi, a junkie living on a barge that plies the rivers and bays of New York.
He writes of the game in Cains Book: He cops, he shoots, he scores.
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