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. Cain’s Book by Alexander Trocchi – book cover, description, publication history.
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At the moment we are encouraging ignorance, legislating to keep crime in existence, and preparing the way for one of the most heinous usurpations of power of all times. I would remain aware, a little pocket of coherence in the city of dreadful night. He had written Cains Book and another called Young Adam—long out of print. What begins as a junkie’s self-indulgent narrative slowly opens up to become a engrossingly nihilistic portrait of a solitary and broken man who has ended up alone on a barge in the Hudson River.
I seem to be a little burned out on the junky genre. There was a preface—a quote from Cocteau: He met Beckett fain acquired a girlfriend—an American with money.
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He had a new girlfriend—a hooker. This book is supposed to be something of a cult novel about drug addiction, but I must say I don’t see the appeal. I enjoyed the parts of the book with more plot and story, like the memories of his father and his interactions with other junkies, but I was bored every time Trocchi waxed poetic about his drug use.
Existentialism is cai slippery concept that can be interpreted in this way, that way or the other way but however you interpret it the one word that will never apply is: He had a name for the mag—Merlin The life span of the average small press literary magazine is measured not in years but issues.
No skepticism is troccchi for the man who by a series of sharp and slight dunts tries to control the machine. In the pinball machine an absolute and peculiar order reigns. This page was last edited on 21 Octoberat I was at Book Soup on Sunset waiting for my troocchi to finish work. Further suggestions might be found on the article’s talk page.
In being consumed with his addiction, Trocchi strives to document his alienation and his desire to use his creativity against the existentialist fear of being washed away by history with no sign of his life remaining. I see it totally differently every time I come back to it. Trocchi as I say was a master con artist who by this alecander had burned half a dozen publishers for advances but not Seaver over at Grove, who knew his man and kept him on a short leash.
And we want these elements. I read a few bits and pieces. I remember Geo getting busted.
I find the isolation in it refreshing. We wait for them as surely as we wait for the crucifixion in a passion play.
Trivia About Cain’s Book. The drug can be treacherous, leading through all the hollow recesses and caves of panic.
I can think of no more important or pointed social novel to read from the last century. Back in England the writing dried up.
So I stumbled across references to this book in two other books I just finished which reminded me to add to my shelf.
The junky genius of Alexander Trocchi
The Italian was committing suicide. He keeps himself in dope and replaces the trcochi with the work on the scows where he is is towed out alexaneer the sea to sit adrift with just enough until the he is returned to the harbour. His other books includes some interesting pseudonymous pornography for the Olympia Press. The girl he was living with finked on him and one day they came pushing him back into his room, treating him like cattle.
Cain’s Book by Alexander Trocchi
Many people praise the language and his alexandsr of description, which This book is supposed to be something of a cult novel about drug addiction, but I must say I don’t see the appeal.
There was a blurb on the cover: He had a contract to write a book for Grove press wangled by an editor—Dick Seaver—a Trocchi groupie from the Paris days. Everyone gets something out of it except the junkie. This is the only safe method of controlling the use of drugs. There was no advance. Any journalistic enterprise needs an angle and he had one—the existential angle.
When I write I have trouble with my tenses. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded. I don’t know exactly what the junkie is in our folklore-literature but I do know he is a very important archetype.
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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Open Preview See a Problem? It’s a portrait of a man who is floating between what culture wants him to be, and the refusal of that caib.
I was curious to know, tho I never did know, how much the writer of the script got paid.