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Now hailed as an American classic Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller’s masterpiece was banned as obscene in this country for twenty seven years after its first publication in Paris in 1934 Only a historic court ruling that changed 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 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 makes us yawn The beauty of this book lies somewhere else

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Tropic of Cancer

American censorship standards ushering in a new era of freedom and frankness in modern literature permitted the publication of this first volume of Miller’s famed mixture of memoir and fiction which chronicles with unapologeti I am going to create a new goodreads bookshelf titled sausage party It will exist solely for Henry Miller

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C gusto the bawdy adventures of a young expatriate writer his friends and the characters they meet in Paris in the 1930s Tropic of Cancer is now considered as Norman Mailer said one of the ten or twenty great novels of our centu Considering I often found this virtually unreadable I m amazed I got to the end reading every word First published in 1934 when 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 Emerson uote 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 unfiltered expose of the male psyche then the male psyche is one ugly 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 underneath they were riddled with insecurities Like Miller Nin could be brilliant when she came out from behind her pose but ultimately 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


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

  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

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    I got through the first 150 pages before I decided that life is too short to waste time reading books you hate Ma

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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

  5. says:

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

  6. says:

    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

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    Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercom I am the original author of this essay as well as the owner o

  8. says:

    Considering I often found this virtually unreadable I'm amazed I got to the end reading every word First published in 1934 when 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'

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    Don't really have the enthusiasm to review this in depth so will be brief This was my second buddy read reading a chapter

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    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'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 le

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