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  • Audio CD: 9 pages
  • Publisher: Caedmon; Unabridged edition (9 Sept. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061477893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061477898
  • Product Dimensions: 15.1 x 13.2 x 2.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,001,687 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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‘A ranting, randy book carried along by a deep, sensual enjoyment of living.’ Sunday Times

‘Tropic of Cancer is a great prophetic book, a warning of what deadens life, an affirmation that it can yet be lived in an age whose sterile non-cultures seek to thwart all mainsprings of fertility. Miller reveals himself as a battered faun, a crafty innocent, a lonely, lazy, sometimes fearful, always steadfast, worshipper of life’ Spectator

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A penniless and as yet unpublished writer, Henry Miller arrived in Paris in 1930. Leaving behind a disintegrating marriage and an unhappy career in America, he threw himself into the low-life of Bohemian Paris with unwavering gusto. A fictional account of Miller's adventures amongst the prostitutes and pimps, the penniless painters and writers of Montparnasse, 'Tropic of Cancer' is an extravagant and rhapsodic hymn to a world of unrivalled eroticism and freedom.

'Tropic of Cancer's' 1934 publication in France was hailed by Samuel Beckett as 'a momentous event in the history of modern writing'. The novel was subsequently banned in the UK and the USA and not released for publication for a further thirty years.

"A rhapsody from Whitman, Joyce, Lawrence and Celine, 'Tropic of Cancer' is a ranting, randy book carried along by a deep, sensual enjoyment of living"
SUNDAY TIMES

"'Tropic of Cancer' is a great prophetic book, a warning of what deadens life, an affirmation that it can yet be lived, though with extreme difficulty, in an age whose sterile non-cultures seek to thwart all mainsprings of fertility. Miller reveals himself as a battered faun, a crafty innocent, a lonely, lazy, sometimes fearful, always steadfast, worshipper of life"
COLIN MACLNNES, 'Spectator'

"In rejecting convention, a safe livelihood, the prison-bars of dailiness, Miller has broken through to an exuberant, bitter joy giving 'Tropic of Cancer' its unique flavour"
JOHN WAIN, 'Observer'

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Supportyourlocallibrary on 30 Oct. 2010
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Henry Miller's most famous book-one presumes- is a sort of autobiography. The plot (if indeed the book has a plot) tells of the life of a destitute writer and his hungry and marginal existence in post World War One Paris. Notorious for being banned upon publication back in 1934 the book has acquired (and retained) its cult status among several generations of readers. The book is most commonly read as some sort of erotic classic: certainly, the book abounds with graphic descriptions of all manner of sexual encounters but the book is also a fine vehicle for Mr Miller's prose style which- nearly eighty years on-I greatly enjoyed. Miller is clearly much more than a mere pornographer and he was obviously influential upon many later American writers (Jack Kerouac, perhaps).

It is worth noting that George Orwell was a huge fan of this book going so far as to call it 'one of the most important books of the 1930s' and certainly it is not difficult to see parallels with this book and many passages in Orwell's own 'Paris and London' in that both books deal with the lives of the destitute and penniless. Miller also appears to share Orwell's love of ironic detail such as the episode where a pious young Hindu- sent Europe with funds to spread the message of Gandhi- uses the money to run amok in a whorehouse!

Certainly since the so called 'sexual revolution' of the 1960s it is possible to read this book as some sort of herald of more enlightened attitudes towards sexuality. To some extent it is. Miller writes with a frankness that even many modern writers would think twice about. However, it would be interesting to read a good feminist analysis of this book as so much of its content is about what men do to (often powerless) women such as Elsa, the repeatedly seduced German maid.
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45 of 48 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 22 Aug. 2002
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This is an amazing book. If you're young, confused, full of energy yet not sure how to use it or express yourself, this book is a bible. Miller shows how the essential core of human self-belief can guide you through any adversity. Self-awareness, love of life and acceptance of the fact that anything is possible with sheer faith are at the heart of this book; on the surface is an intensely funny and readable picaresque odyssey full of earth and sex. You can read it and re-read it and it will always make you feel that life is worth it.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Nathan Strange on 4 Oct. 2011
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This book is like nothing I have ever read. It isn't an easy read that's for sure and it's a very uneven piece of literature yet there is something rugged about it that makes it more than admirable. Henry's rant which is not merely a novel or a book, nor a poem but a 'prolonged 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.' Henry writes and so it is; some of this work is difficult summarise because it is so spontaneous and random that it is difficult to put a finger on it. Some of it is written in the present tense and some of it in the past. Some of it is memoir some of it is fantasy but it all gels together to produce a dream-like projection of what it's like to live on the edge with no job in the middle of Paris in the 1930's.

George Orwell had written a great essay about this book called 'In The Whales Mouth' which also helps to sum up what this novel it really about and what it compromises. Henry describes the atmosphere of Paris like no other author and he uses his very own neurotic stream of consciousness style to get his point accross. What I found this book to be about was the liberation of yourself from conventions; from the restraint of society and finding your own independant and artistic voice. Henry had certainly done this.

There are many funny stories and memorable moments in this book and some of the characters in which Henry describes are hillarious like some of the people Henry had took advantage of - the devil he was at times. The whole is like a confession, a surrender of the ego which is why I found it quite hard at times to get through. This is well worth reading if you are interested bohemianism and moving beyond the conventional barriers of everyday life which bind us to society. I also recommend 'The Tropic Of Capricorn' which for me was an easier read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Harris on 4 Oct. 2012
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After reading this book I realised that my life was dull and wasted.
I yearned to have lived the life described in this wonderful book. Oh, to be able to taste the delicacies described within and life in all it's vivid splendour.
It took me a while to be able to adjust back into my life after finishing this work but it helped to open my eyes to what life could and should be like, if you have the courage (yes, courage) to live it.
I haven't, just yet. Who has?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By dylanT on 17 Nov. 2010
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Miller takes the rag and bone shop of the human heart and makes music out of it. His prose is deceptively simple or rhapsodically elevated. It's a celebratory affirmation of what it means to be alive, albiet in circumstances which most tabloids would condemn. If he was living now he'd probably be forced into a bit of free labour just to get him him back into the 'habit of work.' The book shows what it means to have the courage to be free.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Robert Marsland on 30 July 2010
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Tropic of Cancer is a fictionalised (though pretty biographical) account of Henry Miller's stay in Paris in the 1930's and his frequenting of prostitutes, drifting through the streets and the odd assortment of characters he meets. The language is very explicit and if easily offended this book is perhaps best left alone. Much of the book is taken up with the author's philosophical musings on art and life, which taking in the rundown nature of the times and the author's own nihilism is often pretty bleak and dark. There are bravura passages of prose in this work that are thrilling and exciting for anybody who also writes and his use of vocabulary is often stunning. A great splurge of a novel.
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