- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Harper Perennial; New Ed edition (3 May 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 589815504X
- ISBN-13: 978-5898155049
- ASIN: 0007204469
- Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 12.7 x 19 cm
- Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 378,133 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Tropic of Cancer (Harper Perennial Modern Classics) Paperback – 3 May 2005
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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
About the Author
Henry Miller was born in Brooklyn, New York. In 1930, he went to live in Paris and for the next ten years he mingled with impoverished expatriates and bohemian Parisians. His first published book, Tropic of Cancer appeared in 1934 published by the Obelisk Press in Paris. It was followed five years later by its sister volume Tropic of Capricorn. Sexually explicit, these books electrified the European literary avant-garde and were almost universally banned outside France. In 1961, after an epic legal battle, Tropic of Cancer was finally published in the US (and then in England in 1963). Miller became a household name, hailed by the Sixties counter-culture as a prophet of freedom and sexual revolution. He died on June 7 1980.
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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.Read more ›
I was that very youthful 16 shortly after the "unexpurgated" Grove Press version of this work was first published. "Underage" in those days of yore was a fussier concept, and so I mustered courage and walked into the bookstore of a large department store in downtown Pittsburgh, and nervously carried this book to the cash register. The cashier must have been all of 19. I probably misread her glance, and blurted out the prepared line: "It's for a school assignment." She was decent enough not to chuckle too much, and rang up the sale.
So this became one of the first "adult" books that I read, in both senses of the word. And small portions of it I have remembered over lo' these many years, like the flashlight routine and the calendar, what you should not do in a bidet (which, at the time, I had never heard of), and that virtually mandatory name by which all women should be referred to: a hard guttural sound, with four letters, which refers to the only "useful" part of their anatomy. And, of yes, there was a lot of venereal disease, and a rather casual attitude towards it. Even at 16, on the threshold of making some independent choices of my own, I did have to wonder if this is how the "real adult world" worked.
And so, on the re-read I found that I had walked on many of the streets of Paris that he so liberally sprinkles his text with. And I knew all the authors (and had read many of them), including his oblique reference to Marcel Proust. I found his conduct appalling and his description of it more so.Read more ›
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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The only stream of consciousness type novel I ever finished and enjoyed. He shouldn't have blamed Dijon for being depressed however. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Adrian Martin
You will no doubt already be aware of the liberal smattering of profanity and vulgarity, the depiction of women as sex tools etc... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Woolco