Tropic of Cancer

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Henry Miller sought to reestablish the freedom to live without the conventional restraints of civilization His books are potpourris of sexual description, quasi philosophical speculation, reflection on literature and society, surrealistic imaginings, and autobiographical incident After living in Paris in the 1930s, he returned to the United States and settled in Big Sur, California Miller s fir

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  • Hardcover
  • 254 pages
  • Tropic of Cancer
  • Henry Miller
  • Italian
  • 26 November 2017
  • 9788481304794

10 thoughts on “Tropic of Cancer

  1. says:

    So, I was glancing through some of the reviews here and noticed that someone has totally disparaged this book because its hero is immoral 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 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 literature I 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 makes us yawn The beauty of this book lies somewhere else.

  2. says:

    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 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 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.

  3. says:

    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 up, mostly because it makes me feel like a quitter 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 give up Some semblance of a plot might have helped keep my interest piqued, 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.

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    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

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    Tropic of Cancer is held in high regard by Authors that I respect In particular, George Orwell whose essay, Inside the Whale has high praise for Miller s bravery, directness and honesty.Miller s foul language has lost the power to impress modern readers will not feel the level of shock and awe experienced by previous generations The book has so much critical adulation that I have spent a few weeks ruminating before expressing my own view.I don t like it.Oh, don t mistake me, I get it, I also understand that highbrow intellectual theory is bandied about in praise of the style It leaves me cold.This is an excrescence of a book, but like finding a turd dotted with precious gems, if you can overcome your dislike you will be rewarded by a few flashes of brilliance.I have met parasitic characters like Tropic s hero amoral, abusive, selfish, pretentious, hedonistic users beneath contempt, occasionally given to drunken introspection and momentary genius If you run across a real life Miller in your travels give him a wide berth, he s just not worth it.

  6. says:

    I am going to create a new goodreads bookshelf titled sausage party It will exist solely for Henry Miller.

  7. says:

    Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography 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 early The 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 nutshell Like many of the other novels to first become commercial hits under 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, using not only humorous anecdotal tales but also the brand new literary technique 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 until 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 classic There 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 palatable I 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 used 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 what 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 against Like 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 unfair 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 a sex life as he did at the exact moment in history that he did, along with the shamelessness to write it all down My verdict So 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 that, 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 living But that all said, let me just plainly warn you whoo man, is this a filthy book, with it unbelievably 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 ultimately it s not really the language itself that has gotten people so upset 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 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 first.And 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 and urban living that Miller gets right, but also the somber reflections of perpetual poverty, of the almost existential dread that can develop when waking up 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 none of them got anything accomplished at all except to definitively list all the kinds of books they didn t want to write let s also never forget that Miller s life got dramatically boring after his literary career took off, busy as he suddenly was withyou know, writing all those books The artistic life can be

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    I feel like I have been reading this for a thousand years.After reading Anais Nin s The Delta of Venus some months ago, Miller appeared on my radar It seemed only natural to follow 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 U.S after its publication in 1934 It wasn t until 30 years later that the Supreme Court deemed it non obscene I love the idea of reading books that the government wants to suppress.But maybe the government had something right after all.Not 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 and or 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 up his cheque 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 pick up this book each time First of all, his paragraphs made me tired They are so long Once you read one, you have this uncanny 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 paragraph.Once 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 particular, which 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 had 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 under the vault of my ribs and my ribs hang there over a hollow nave trembling with reverberations.This 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 unsatisfied.

  9. says:

    George Orwell wrote an essay about this book called, Inside the Whale The title alludes to the Jonah story in the bible In that story Jonah rejected his responsibility, ran, and was swallowed by a whale He finally accepted his responsibility and returned to the world In contrast, Orwell s Miller doesn t want to leave the whale God s punishment ironically is Miller s safe and comfortable oasis Miller can attempt to triumph over god in this way because he has chosen an ironic stance towards his life God s punishment is only a punishment for a serious person A serious person makes the world s values and causes his values, his causes Such a person feels happy and safe in the world, has plans, wants to buy a condo in the suburbs, etc The unserious person, on the other hand, is alienated by the world s values and from its causes Slavery, wars, poverty, racism, the rate race inside a whale at the bottom of the ocean with a ton of blubber insulating you on every side is not such a bad way to ride out a nuclear winter Clearly, Miller is not a Jonah Jonah is a criminal guilty of a specific crime For Miller, the world is guilty and the best a person can hope for is not to be an accomplice, etc Orwell is really smart and his insight is really helpful But, he makes it clear that he is not a Miller fan I, on the other hand, am a fan.

  10. says:

    When I read this for the first time I thought the world was opening up 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 s.Then 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 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 gone..Still, for a few months there, Miller was really really doing it for me At the time it was true life changing stuff.5 stars.

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