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This review is from: Helen and Desire ("Rebel Inc." Classics) (Paperback)
I picked up Helen and Desire after being impressed with Trocchi's "Cain's Book" and "Young Adam". Trocchi is a writer with an unique unmistakable skill that is recognisable within every sentance that he creates.
It is a tragic shame how overlooked Trocchi's work has become over the years. It was, I think, due to this lack of commercial succcess that led the author to write this erotic novel, for the now infamous Parisian Olympia Press, that turns out mostly adult books. Trocchi would not have choosen to write an erotic novel had his serious litreture been rewarded with the reception it deserved. He wrote this book for money, and he wrote this book within a matter of weeks.
The author did, however, approach the task of writing this erotic novel with the same proffesional approach that he endorsed with all his work.
I am not a fan of erotic books. I have not read any erotic books apart form this one. Honest.
The author writes in the first person. The first person is an Australian girl who travels across the globe in pursuit of sexual encounters with men that she encounters across her travels. The book is set out as a diary. It is interesting how Trocchi can picture Australia, the Far East and India without (to my knowledge) having ever been there.
This is an acomplished novel by an overlooked master of the word. It is worth reading this novel as an example of a true writer turning his hand to a new genre.