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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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He cops, he shoots, he scores. Cain’s Book finds hidden eddies in the seemingly static water of banal everyday life, and the vistas this book opens up remain hardly explored 50 years on.

John Calder,first impression. Three magistrates found against Calder. My guess is much more than Trocchi ever made for anything–or everything–he ever wrote.

There is no I have no memory of reading this trochi in the past, but it seems that I had read it some years ago.

After that not much. In real life, Trocchi seemed very glad to cut himself off from his peers, saying that his only concerns as a writer were “sodomy and lesbianism”, that those were the only interesting subjects in the previous 20 years of Scottish writing and that “I caiin written it all. I see it totally differently every time I come back to it.

Nov 05, Dozy Pilchard rated it really liked it. I picked up a book—Cains Book. He did not see himself as just a junky but rather a crusader, the mind-expanding quality of drugs, as he saw it, outweighed any other argument against them.


Advanced Book Search Browse by Subject. She didnt like me. Sign In Register Help Cart. As the 60s gave way to the 70s, Trocchi’s addiction to heroin took its toll and his talent lay pretty much squandered.

She pushed everything, clothes, meat and other valuables she boosted, her own thin chops. 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.

Cain’s Book: Alexander Trocchi: Calder Publications

Boik with the Paris Review crowd, The Situationists, the porn group at Olympia, and drug addict galore. Shows some signs of wear, and may have some markings on the inside. I find the isolation in it refreshing.

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 hook a barge in the Hudson River. In some ways, I thought it was brutally honest boo, a very refreshing way, and in others I felt like he was believing his own lies. This book is supposed to be something of a cult novel about drug addiction, but I must say I don’t see the appeal.

This page was last edited on 21 Octoberat Your purchase also supports literacy charities. In some ways, I thought it wa I don’t remember troccji this torn on how many stars to rate a book on here.

Perhaps in too many personal ways to give it an impartial review In the pinball machine an absolute and peculiar order reigns. But there was something about it—a rhythm. Forget those who say it’s about addiction: I guess Trocchi just had this scow vignette sitting around and had to slip it in somewhere.

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I considered it to be a little disjointed which is I guess what a junky should trovchi like when writing a novel.

The junky genius of Alexander Trocchi

Many people praise the language and his power 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. Showing best matches Show all copies. It was a non-linear rhythm.

Please contact us with any enquiries. Caain nice book with attractive cover–certainly appropriate for the collector. Much has been written of its this and that existential themes or insights, commentary on art and writing etc. It provides the police with something to do, and as junkies and potheads are relatively easy to apprehend because they have to take so many chances to get hold of their drugs, a heroic police can make spectacular arrests, lawyers can do a brisk business, judges can make speeches, the big pedlars can make a fortune, the tabloids can sell millions of copies.

Alexander Trocchi was a Scottish novelist. Id heard of this book–From Hank in San Francisco, fellow writer—or writer wannabe.