Cain’s Book has ratings and 33 reviews. MJ said: Trocchi’s final and most fêted work (apart from the odds-and-ends poetry shambles, Man at Leisure, a. So begins Cain’s Book, Alexander Trocchi’s incredible novel of existential dread. Young Adam, its predecessor, is better known, but the latter is. Cain’s Book by Alexander Trocchi – book cover, description, publication history.

Author: Kazrataxe Gogrel
Country: Zimbabwe
Language: English (Spanish)
Genre: Life
Published (Last): 8 December 2005
Pages: 472
PDF File Size: 3.72 Mb
ePub File Size: 4.32 Mb
ISBN: 440-8-36556-706-1
Downloads: 67910
Price: Free* [*Free Regsitration Required]
Uploader: Nitaxe

Much of it is good but safely radical, the sort of stuff any arty adolescent suffused with angst, ennui and the sweet anger at provincialism could come up with: But here he was living on a barge, scoring for dope and trying to write a novel—Cains Book. Views Read Edit View history. Those Mission Impossible episodes where Barnie play-acts the sweat-soaked terrors of alexandr represents one end of the continuum.

In Alexande the UK edition went to trial for obscenitywith six defense witnesses, including author Kenneth Allsoptestifying to its literary value. I don’t know exactly what the junkie is in our folklore-literature but I do know he is a very important archetype. He writes of the game in Cains Book: An interesting read and I enjoy reading period pieces that take place in NYC.

Cain’s Book: Alexander Trocchi: Calder Publications

It is now just after five in the afternoon. But it’s Cain’s book that best fulfils Trocchi’s hopes for ” the invisible insurrection of a thousand minds “. No skepticism is possible for the man who by a series of sharp and slight dunts tries to control the machine.


Feb 27, Tim rated it it was ok. Trocchi is a remarkable writer with great descriptive gifts. MY brother was devoted to her. It’s excellent, because the character of Alexander Trocchi is on every page, and he himself is a fascinating figure. Cain’s Book by Alexander Trocchi.

Three magistrates found against Calder. Trocchi mined far more poetry out of a peripatetic junkie lifestyle than could ever be expected, and perhaps unsurprisingly, he never published again. I find the isolation in it refreshing. Good grief, what overrated dross. It describes with an eye for detail the rituals of heroin, the cooking up and the search for a suitable vein. Open Preview See a Problem?

There was reference to a writers conference in Scotland organized to discuss the current state of Scottish letters and Trocchi was invited to participate and his turn arrived to speak and he said: There was a preface—a quote from Cocteau: The flashback sections, not so hot.

Publishers have something called a stable—like a horse stable but instead of horses they have writers. Geo trocch in the bottom bunk. There was a blurb on the cover: Forget those who say it’s about addiction: Trocchi’s descriptive powers are mesmerising: I am sitting near Perth Amboy, N. I would say it was just alright.

I felt like it could have been so much better than it was.

I was curious to know, tho I never did know, how much the writer of the script got paid. I was at Book Soup on Sunset waiting for my wife to alexanver work. Writing must have energy. Though I never got the impression he could leave this world, the whole thing left me with an odd sense of hope. It still felt really relevant to read.


Paris Review – from Cain’s Book

It’s a portrait of a man who is floating between what culture wants him to be, and the refusal of that society. For those who want to live through other caon lives. Loose ends, things unrelated, shifts, nightmare journeys, cities arrived at and left, meetings, desertions, betrayals, all manner of unions, adulteries, triumphs, defeats… these are the facts.

I picked up a book—Cains Book. You shelve the problem when you think in those terms. I did think the book stands up very well to the test of time. Jan 22, RC Edrington rated it it was amazing.

Cain’s Book

Having read a number of books that deal with addiction this one does a good job of portraying the life of a junkie. The best heroin addiction book that exists, because it is much more than a heroin addiction book. Authorities, take this tdocchi a starting point for your condemnations and the laws you frame. Trocchi’s book subverts all of this.