Scarica Tropic of Cancer Autore Henry Miller
SUMMARY ó NARRATIVEYOGACLUB.CO.UK ↠ Henry MillerEd insult a gob of spit in the face of Art a kick in the pants to God Man Destiny Time Love Beauty what you will I am going to sing for you a little off key perhaps but I will sing I will sing while you croak I will dance over your dirty corpse To sing you must first open your mouth You must have a pair of lungs and a little knowledge of music It is not necessary to have an accordian or a guitar The essential thing is to want to sing This then is a song I am singing Don t really have the enthusiasm to review this in depth so will be brief This was my second buddy read reading a chapter per week the fact Paris was the setting got the thumbs p from me before even turning a page and I have to admit I was at first dazzled by Miller s writing the whole bohemian lifestyle scene was ite extraordinary if a little exaggerated Bu Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercom I am the original author of this essay as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted here illegally Sorry the last paragraph today gets cut off a few sentences earlyThe CCLaP 100 In which I read for the first time a hundred so called classics then write reports on whether or not they deserve the labelBook 20 Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller 1934 The story in a nutshellLike many of the other novels to first become commercial hits nder the moniker of Modernism see for example past CCLaP 100 title Mrs Dalloway from the same period Henry Miller s infamously raunchy Tropic of Cancer from 1934 doesn t bother to concern itself much with traditional plot or a traditional three act structure but is rather an attempt to capture the details of a particular moment in history in as intense a way as possible sing not only humorous anecdotal tales but also the brand new literary techniue known as stream of consciousness And man what a period of history to capture based on Miller s own experiences from half a decade before the novel is set in Paris in the years after World War One a time when most young people had turned permanently cynical and nihilistic horrified as they rightly were over what exact carnage humans had proven themselves capable of now that humans had added mechanized industry trains machine guns biological weapons to the business of war Add to this that the US itself had still not established its own global class artistic community which wouldn t happen ntil New York s Greenwich Village after World War Two and you re left with the situation Miller describes with such black humor here of entire Parisian neighborhoods become boisterous drunken melting pots packed to the gills with bohemians from around the world who no longer give a crap about anything who embrace such things as casual sex and exotic drugs in a way no other generation had embraced them before as they party their way to the apocalypse they were all sure was right around the corner Multiply by 300 pages and you basically have Miller s book The argument for it being a classicThere are two basic arguments over why Tropic of Cancer should be considered a classic starting with the book itself It is after all a shining example of early Modernism the exact kind of radical departure from the flowery Victorian style that so many young artists were embracing back then here done in a mature and self assured way that builds on the literary experiments of the previous twenty years but that finally
makes it palatable for the first time to the general reading audience and by palatableit palatable for the first time to the general reading audience and by palatable mean not incomprehensible thank you very MUCH James Freaking Joyce As such its fans say the novel should be rightly celebrated for the literary masterpiece it is one of those rare books that gets stream of consciousness exactly right one of those rare books that perfectly shows the combination of arrogance and self hatred that mixes in the warm dysfunctional heart of any true bohemian Ah but see in this case there s an entirely different second reason why this should be considered a classic because for those who don t know thirty years after its initial publication in Europe this was one of the landmark artistic projects of the 1960s to help finally lift the yoke of government censorship in America one of the first projects sed by the courts to help define was exactly is and isn t obscene adding immense fuel to the countercultural fire that was going on in this country at the same time If it wasn t for Tropic of Cancer fans say we would still have the all or nothing paradigm of the Hays Code in the arts instead of the put out or nothing paradigm of the Hays Code in the arts instead of the put out you want and we ll give it a rating paradigm of our present day no matter what you think of the book itself they argue this alone is a reason to consider it a classic The argument againstLike many of the titles in the CCLaP 100 series see The Catcher in the Rye for example the main argument against Tropic of Cancer seems to be the What Hath God Wrought one that is the book itself may not be that bad but it legitimized something that should ve never been legitimized in this case whiny confessional stream of consciousness rants from broke artists in their twenties living in big cities complaining for 300 pages about how nfair life is and how all the prostitutes keep falling in love with them Yep it was Tropic of Cancer that started all that critics claim and anytime you come across yet another sad little blog about how the heart of the city beats in the weary soul of some overeducated entitled slacker that s one time we should visit the grave of Miller and pee all over it in retribution for him creating a situation where such blogs are encouraged in the first place Again it s not so much that people complain about the book being awful on its own although some will definitely argue that stream of consciousness has always been a house of cards difficult to make work well within a literary project it s that the book simply isn t great and should ve never gotten the accolades and attention it did with
Miller Being Damn Lucky That He Had As Exciting Abeing damn lucky that he had as exciting a life as he did at the exact moment in history that he did along with the shamelessness to write it all down My verdictSo as will very rarely be the case here at the CCLaP 100 let me admit that this is one of the few books of the series I ve actually read before in fact much than th. Ella Parigi degli anni '30 Una storia piena di alberghi modesti di stanze infestate dalle cimici di risse e di sbornie ricorrenti di emigrati di truffe e di postriboli ma soprattutto Head To Toe Healing un'avventuramana di straordinario spessore n simbolico via. When I read this for the first time I thought the world was opening p and eating people I wanted to get drunk and go on a hooker spree to move to Paris and generally debauch for the rest of my 20 sThen I realized I kind of wanted to do all this anyways but with Miller s aid I could and even better I could disguise the whole thing as literary I struggled through Capricorn through The Books in My Life through a number of Miller s personal letters and musings I even made a pilgrimage to Big Sur Then I picked Culture Shock Malaysia up Richard Brautigan or Cannary Row or something and I realized I could skip Paris I could skip Europe entirely I could just drink wine on a bench in my back yard throw on an old Bill Broonzy CD and stare at the sun I could even meet a nice girl and keep her around for a while No need for crabs or lice or bed bugs at all No sir just soft northern california sunlight and grassy knolls That was it The dirty big city Miller hangovers were goneStill for a few months there Miller was really really doing it for me At the time it was true life changing stuff5 stars Considering I often found this virtuallynreadable I m amazed I got to the end reading every word First published in 1934 when The History of Immigration and Racism in Canada: Essential Readings undoubtedly it would have been shocking with its relentless lexicon of crude language including every racial slur out there and its insistence on referring to just about every woman as a ct It s a book in which men relentlessly revel in degrading women Miller deploys an Emersonote in his foreword the gist of which is that new novels ought to take the form of autobiography and record experience truthfully But if this is an Mod Strømmen Mod Strømmen unfiltered expose of the male psyche then the male psyche is onegly place I actually didn t buy the honesty ticket at all A lot of the time it felt like Miller was posturing He failed to get his early novels published and his bitterness and anger seems at virtually all times his source material In fact I found it s only when he isn t feeding his bitterness and cynicism that his writing excels there were some beautiful descriptions of Paris and I especially loved his appraisal of Matisse The rest of the time it often felt like the work of a brilliant mind moored to the emotions of an adolescent boyI recently read one of Anais Nin s journals She was a good friend of Miller s and I found lots of similarities between the two of them first and foremost the posturing the desperation to be taken seriously as artists as if India Hicks: Island Style underneath they were riddled with insecurities Like Miller Nin could be brilliant when she came out from behind her pose butltimately I can t help thinking they were both essentially poseurs But what do I know This made it into the Guardian s top 100 novels I can only imagine the majority of voters were men I feel like I have been reading this for a thousand yearsAfter reading Anais Nin s The Delta of Venus some months ago Miller appeared on my radar It seemed only natural to follow Darkness Creeping Twenty Twisted Tales up her collection with something of his given their well known relationship Plus Tropic of Cancer Miller s semi autobiographical memoir from his time in Paris was a banned book in the US after its publication in 1934 It wasn tntil 30 years later that the Supreme Court deemed it non obscene I love the idea of reading books that the government wants to suppressBut maybe the government had something right after allNot because it s obscene I mean yeah it s pretty bad in parts There s sex none of it particularly erotic though Mainly with whores most of it stomach turning involving some kind of sexually transmitted disease andor bedbugs Miller loved to think of himself as bohemian mooching off friends couch surfing taking odd jobs leaving them bumming meals where he could And then he d march over to the American Express office to pick Superman Brainiac up his cheue sent by his wife Charles Bukowski would have NO time for this chump this wannabe And neither do I Thus I was reluctant so lethargic to pickp this book each time First of all his paragraphs made me tired They are so long Once you read one you have this ncanny experience of instant amnesia What did I just read And then a new experience for me of oh well who gives a shit doesn t really matter and on to the next paragraphOnce in a while I would stumble onto something marvellous Something
so marvellous it made me angry that Miller wasted his brilliant potential One part in particularmarvellous it made me angry that Miller wasted his brilliant potential One part in particular will always remain in my mind and imagination was his description of being in the audience at the symphony It was absolutely perfect and the reason why this is 2 stars not 1 My mind is curiously alert it s as though my skull why this is 2 stars not 1 My mind is curiously alert it s as though my skull a thousand mirrors inside it My nerves are taut vibrant the notes are like glass balls dancing on a million jets of water I can feel the light curving nder the vault of my ribs and my ribs hang there over a hollow nave trembling with reverberationsThis book follows no plot no trajectory It is often sexually graphic It is also by turns blatheringly philosophical It s infested by the trope of the noble nomad the artist who must be covered in feces and lice in order to create something worthwhile Sometimes there is story injected which is a welcome reprieve but beware its blatant misogyny Miller wasn t lying when he stated in the first chapter that his book is a prolonged insult This is dick lit at its worst the biggest crock not cock that suffers from a bad case of ED leaving this reader bored and Swimsuit unsatisfied My fiction addictionHad lost all its frictionI needed raw meat but this new stuff was veggiePredictable safe and not bold tough and edgyI thought Tropic of CancerWould be the answerFor years it was bannedThroughout every landBut five c words per pageSuppressed masculine rageAnd tours of French pudendaWas his only agendaSo reading Henry MillerJust made me feel illerAnd illerAnd illerAnd iller This may be the greatest book ever written This opening passage proves it I have no money no resources no hopes I am the happiest man alive A year ago six months ago I thought I was an artist I no longer think about it I am Everything that was literature has fallen from me There are no books to be written thank God This then This is not a book This is libel slander defamation of character This is not a book in the ordinary sense of the word No this is a prolong. Romanzo in prima persona o meglio vera e propria autobiografia con il ritmo narrativo din romanzo l'opera racconta con linguaggio fluidamente realistico la vita e le imprese dell'autore e dei suoi amici aspiranti artisti nei artieri poveri .
At it was one of the books I practically worshipped in my early twenties as a snotty overeducated oversexed artist myself a book that had a bigger impact on both my artistic career and just how I lived my life in general back then than probably any other single project you could mention So needless to say I was a bit biased going into this week s essay I not only consider Tropic of Cancer a classic but easily among the top 10 of all the books in this series one of those books that any restless young person of any generation should immediately gravitate towards starting around their 18th or 19th birthday And that s because Miller is so good here so damn good at perfectly capturing that restlessness that comes with any generation of young dissatisfied creatives that sense that they want to do something important that they should be doing something important just that none of them know how to do that important thing so instead let that passion seep out through their sex lives their clothing choices the bands they listen to etc Tropic of Cancer is all about yearning all about grasping life to the fullest you possibly can not for the sake of simply doing so but rather because this is the only way you ll ever find what you re truly seeking Or as MIller himself puts it I can t get it out of my mind what a discrepancy there is between ideas and livingBut that all said let me just plainly warn you whoo man is this a filthy book with it nbelievably enough still just as able to shock and offend as when it first came out And again I see this as an asset and strength of Miller as an author because Gumdrop Races A Train ultimately it s not really the language itself that has gotten people sopset about this book over the decades you ll hear worse in most Hollywood hard R sex comedies but rather that Miller embraces a prurient attitude throughout one that plainly addresses the cold realities about sex which are not Never Cry Wolf usually discussed in polite company Just take for example the chapter where he compares for the reader the various young artsy prostitutes who live in his neighborhood of how the best ones are the ones who have come to grips with the fact that they re whores and not wives or girlfriends and therefore lustily embrace the exact disgusting acts that wives and girlfriends won t the main reason men visit prostitutes in the first place Yeah not for delicate sensibilities this one is despite it being almost 75 years old now you should still exercise caution before jumping into it feet firstAnd then finally re reading it this week for the first time since college two decades ago I ve realized something else about this book that it s not just the fun little stories of crazy sex andrban living that Miller gets right but also the somber reflections of perpetual poverty of the almost existential dread that can develop when waking p in the morning and not knowing how you re going to eat that day This is the flip side of the crazy bohemian life something plainly there in Tropic of Cancer but that most people don t see when first reading it or when reading it at a young age that to live a life rejecting middle class conformity and embracing chaos is not just endless evenings of absinthe and oral sex that there s a very real price to pay for rejecting all these things as well the price of health and kids and normal relationships and any kind of slow building one could potentially do in their chosen career Let s not ever forget that the things Miller talks about in Tropic of Cancer happened half a decade before his literary career ever really took off years where basically in Tropic of Cancer happened half a decade before his literary career ever really took off years where basically of I am going to really took off years where basically none of I am going to a new goodreads bookshelf titled sausage party It will exist solely for Henry Miller I got through the first 150 pages before I decided that life is too short to waste time reading books you hate Maybe I m not smart enough or deep enough to appreciate a book like Tropic of Cancer but for me each page was a tedious struggle The author of the book s introduction boldy asserts that Henry Miller is the greatest living author obviously the edition I read was published prior to Miller s death in 1980 but I found Miller s frenetic meandering style tiresome Don t get me wrong I m not one to carelessly fling aside any book that doesn t capture my attention in the first 100 pages Once I start a book it s difficult for me to give it p mostly because it makes me feel like a A Study in Scarlet Women uitter but I found myself getting angry as I grudgingly plodded through this one I kept thinking Henry for chrissakes give me something ANYTHING to latch onto here That s when I decided it was time to givep Some semblance of a plot might have helped keep my interest piued but I don t think that storytelling was the author s aim The long and short of it is these kinds of books are not my cup of tea So I was glancing through some of the reviews here and noticed that someone has totally disparaged this book
its hero is It always bewilders me when people judge a book according to the moral judgment that they pass on its characters Like when I was looking at the reviews of John Updike s Run Rabbit and saw a woman saying that she hated the book because Angstrom left his wife twice in the book I was like don t take it personally lady he s not your husband A lot of people do it They ignore the book and get too tangled The Intelligent Investor: The Definitive Book on Value Investing. A Book of Practical Counsel up in how likeable the characters are I really don t get this Someone should explain it to me Is Lolita a bad book because it s about a pedophile Should writers feel like their characters will be competing in a popularity contest in the minds of the readers Should we then only read books about angels floating happily in Heaven doing good things Aren t evil and immorality whatever they mean facts of life that should be dissected and explained by literatureI didn t bother with the morality of the hero I don t care if he slept with a whore and then stole her money and ran away Who cares Look at all that delicious writing instead all the ranting and raving of a tormented and brilliant mind and the brutal honesty of it I don t know why publishers still insist on marketing this book for its explicit language and breaking of sexual taboos in literature That s just so pass in an age when even pornography makess yawn The beauty of this book lies somewhere else. Ggio lontano da tutte le convenzioni alla scoperta della propria identità Apparso nel 1934 a Parigi il libro conuistò subito notorietà più per i suoi presunti contenuti pornografici che per il suo straordinario e innovativo valore letterari.Because Its Hero Is