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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As the 60s gave way to the 70s, Trocchi’s addiction to heroin took its toll and fain talent lay pretty much squandered. Feb 14, Brendan Boehning rated it really liked it.

It gets more and more fragmented as it draws to a close with Trocchi realizing that he is incapable of a maintaining a conventional narrative.

Which I don’t think is the point of the book. Cain’s Book Trocchi, Alexander London: Everyone gets something out of it except the junkie. After that not much. The work is compelling despite occasional lapses into intellectual waffle i.

Half an hour ago I gave myself a fix. In in the UK, Cain’s Book was one of many books and magazines seized by the caon at a bookseller’s shop in Sheffield.

Derringer Books, Member A. I say ‘he’ because though the female of the species exists, she has a different meaning that I haven’t quite worked out.

Cain’s Book

She would have betrayed him for a dry martini. Sep 28, Abailart rated it it was amazing Shelves: Trocchi has often been compared to Burroughs, but I must say I prefer Burroughs to this. Young Adam, its predecessor, is better known, but the latter is the “Scottish Beat’s” classic.


While not wanting to labour the point of the latter or offer any value judgment, I refer you to Trocchi’s bokk polemic.

The junky genius of Alexander Trocchi

He had two gifts. Hard To Find Books. It’s a portrait of a man who is floating between what culture wants him to be, and the refusal of that society.

At some point, in London, he got into business—selling books. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The spine has a very slight storage impression. View all 6 comments. Book is clean and tight with only minor edgewear, small area of minor foxing to inside front cover, inside back cover, verso of last blank page, and light tanning all-edges. This is the only safe method of controlling cwin use of drugs.

I’m going with 4 stars for now because I did enjoy it enough to read it within a 24 hour period. If he’s lucky he can creep round the corner and get a fix. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

At the moment we are encouraging ignorance, legislating to keep crime in existence, and preparing the way for one of the most heinous czin of power of all times. Probably the most famous novel about drug addiction and the hazards and excitements of an. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. As a person who tends more towards plot and story, I can see why this book may appeal to someone else, but not to me. Trocchi’s descriptive powers are nook I find the isolation in it refreshing.


I felt like it could have been so much better than it was. A remarkable novel by just about any standard.

Amoral in a sense, but on the other hand he sees the world as a place of not allowing pleasures, so, therefore, he drifts between jobs on a boat to investigate an alternative life, that is bok in a sense, but not clear if it’s the right choice teocchi not. Perhaps in too many cani ways to give it an impartial review But if you cant write you can at least read other writers who are. The red cloth cover is in near fine condition. Next day dispatch by Royal Mail in recyclable packaging.

Calder Publications Ltd, It’s part of our folklore. Authorities, take this as a starting point for your condemnations and the laws you frame. There are doctors, painters, lawyers on dope, and they can still function. Much has been written of its this and that existential themes or insights, commentary on art and writing etc.

The best heroin addiction book that exists, because it is much more than a heroin addiction book.

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