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Tropic of Cancer

Tropic of Cancer 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 Only a histor

  • Title: Tropic of Cancer
  • Author: Henry Miller
  • ISBN: 9780802131782
  • Page: 230
  • Format: Paperback
  • 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 American censorship standards, ushering in a new era of freedom and frankness in modern literature, permitted the publication of this first volumNow 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 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 unapologetic 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 century.

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    1. Jafar on said:

      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 l [...]

    2. Jonathan on said:

      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 more 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 [...]

    3. Kate on said:

      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 [...]

    4. Paul Bryant on said:

      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. Michael on said:

      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 [...]

    6. Paquita Maria Sanchez on said:

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

    7. Jason Pettus on said:

      (Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography [cclapcenter]. 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 [...]

    8. John Doe on said:

      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 s [...]

    9. E. on said:

      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 B [...]

    10. Alex on said:

      "Art consists in going the full length. If you start with the drums you have to end with dynamite."But if you begin with masturbation, you don't necessarily end with sex. There are books you have to read at a certain age. There are others that are ageless, and those books are better. This should be read when you're young and stupid. Are you young and stupid now? Fantastic; read this and hate me. Are you older? Then read something else. Maybe something for old people, like Henry James.I kinda hat [...]

    11. Ian "Marvin" Graye on said:

      GoodReads Memorial Plot Summary (Pages 1 - 30) (Warning: Contains Spoilers) (Sponsor: Grove Press)We are living (view spoiler)[in Montparnasse (hide spoiler)]/(view spoiler)[at the Villa Borghese (hide spoiler)]/(view spoiler)[in Rue Bonaparte (hide spoiler)].We walk down streets where (view spoiler)[Zola (hide spoiler)](view spoiler)[Balzac (hide spoiler)](view spoiler)[Dante/ (hide spoiler)](view spoiler)[Strindberg (hide spoiler)] lived.The cancer of (view spoiler)[the weather (hide spoiler)] [...]

    12. Vit Babenco on said:

      What is a writer’s internal world? What is a writer’s external world?One is ejected into the world like a dirty little mummy; the roads are slippery with blood and no one knows why it should be so. Each one is traveling his own way and, though the earth be rotting with good things, there is no time to pluck the fruits; the procession scrambles toward the exit sign, and such a panic is there, such a sweat to escape, that the weak and the helpless are trampled into the mud and their cries are [...]

    13. Fabian on said:

      I am usually a fan of zeitgeist crystallization in literature. Here is a true account/fiction which places a smudgy magnifying glass to the underbelly of a famed city. Paris has NEVER been described soo ugly!The protagonist is Mr. Miller, and he lives in absolute poverty, which enhances his artist's eye. He transcends the tangibility and heaviness of matterAnyway, I know this was controversial and even banned for decades because of the sexual depictions and language. This is from the 30's! Mille [...]

    14. Tara on said:

      “I believe that today more than ever a book should be sought after even if it has only one great page in it. We must search for fragments, splinters, toenails, anything that has ore in it, anything that is capable of resuscitating the body and the soul.”Tropic of Cancer was a visceral, pulsating heap of 1930’s Paris, served up by an American expat writer/drifter/ne’er-do-well. Interestingly, this thing was banned in the U.S. for over 25 years due to its so-called “obscene content.” I [...]

    15. Fatima on said:

      عجیب ترین کتابی بود که تا به امروز خوانده ام از این نظر که نمیشد توقع داستانی با آغاز و پایان درست و حسابی را داشت و توصیف گوشه ای از زندگی در هم و برهم و آشفته ی میلر در پاریس آشفته و شلخته ی آن روزگار بوده و خواندن این کتاب را به هرکسی پیشنهاد نمیکنم ! اما شاید قبلا از این دست سبک [...]

    16. K.D. Absolutely on said:

      One of this book's themes is sex. So, if you are squeamish about sex on books, or about sex itself, then don't read this review. More importantly, DON'T read this book. My review is definitely lame compared to its sexual content.But not reading the book is like being in the USA without tasting bagel in one of their international airports. Whenever I come to the US, I always grab a bagel and a cup of coffee while waiting for my flight. I think that bread (rarely sold here in the Philippines) defi [...]

    17. Jana on said:

      The only reason this book is a classic is because men were editors and this book gave them boners. And then male readers had boners and women were shocked with Miller's vocabulary. So, it wasn’t that difficult to become a classic. Especially in those days, when a word cunt was such a taboo. But, again who am I joking, I have a few Irish/English male friends who blush when somebody says cunt around them. And they love Miller, so I think that's the individual matter of upbringing and bon ton, be [...]

    18. Parthiban Sekar on said:

      “I am going to sing for you, a little off key perhaps, but I will sing.” This is definitely not one of those books which you take on your holidays to a sunny-side parks, get cozy, and read, as it contains extreme contents, acts, thoughts, and ideas which would leave you dumbfounded and deranged. There was no any usual forms of addressing "Women": it lacks "Ladies" and misses "Miss" (You get the idea, don't you?); There are also countless women who take a colloquial name by their anatomy. No [...]

    19. Luís C. on said:

      In the meridian of time there is no justice: there is only the poetry of motion creating the illusion of truth and drama. If at any time and anywhere we face face to face the absolute vanishes that great sympathy that made men like Gautama and Jesus seem divine"Tropic of Cancer" was first published in 1934 and was soon accused of pornographic and obscene, getting banned in the US until the year of 1961. Today, reading, although permitted, still causes some discomfort and nausea. It's like gettin [...]

    20. Amanda on said:

      “I need to be alone. I need to ponder my shame and my despair in seclusion; I need the sunshine and the paving stones of the streets without companions, without conversation, face to face with myself, with only the music of my heart for company.”One of many quotes in this book that touched my soul.I have long been attracted to books about American authors that moved to Paris. Their lives seemed so interesting and different from anything in the US. So that was my original draw to this book. T [...]

    21. Jenn(ifer) on said:

      The only thing that saved this book from a 1 star rating is the occasional stellar paragraph such as this:"For some reason or other man looks for the miracle, and to accomplish it he will wade through blood. He will debauch himself with ideas, he will reduce himself to a shadow if for only one second of his life he can close his eyes to the hideousness of reality. Everything is endured - disgrace, humiliation, poverty, war, crime, ennui - in the belief that overnight something will occur, a mira [...]

    22. Jr Bacdayan on said:

      "Some day I'll write a book about myself, about my thoughts. I don't mean just a piece of introspective analysis I mean that I'll lay myself down on the operating table and I'll expose my whole guts every goddamned thing. Has anybody ever done that before? - What the hell are you smiling at? Does it sound naïf?"

    23. Trenton Judson on said:

      This may be one of the best books in the American cannon, and also, unfortunately, one of the most underrated. I read a lot of the reviews on the book before writing this and I found not very many that were thought out. I recall one reviewer giving up on the book because the "frenetic style was tiresome." Usually when someone has feelings like that, it is because they don't understand the literature and so their mind wanders. Another review noted that Miller's supposed "shock tactics" were outda [...]

    24. William1 on said:

      In short, I think Tropic of Cancer is a masterwork. Do read it! However let me yield the floor to George Orwell who's done far more thinking about the novel than I -- from his essay "Inside the Whale."ourcivilisation/smartb

    25. وائل المنعم on said:

      Tropic of Cancer first published in 1934 in France, but this edition was banned in the United States until 1961.Tropic of Cancer is one of the most important and beautiful pieces of prose in the history of English literature, It isn't an ordinary novel, it's Miller's life in pairs, how he sees his friends, how he thinks about human being's big questions. What Miller is doing only is searching for food and if he finds it then he can give a "lay" and write some pages in his novel.In this beautiful [...]

    26. Annette on said:

      One of my favorite passages:"At night when I look at Boris' goatee lying on the pillow I get hysterical. O Tania, where now is that warm cunt of yours, those fat, heavy garters, those soft, bulging thighs? There is a bone in my prick six inches long. I will ream out every wrinkle in your cunt, Tania, big with seed. I will send you home to your Sylvester with an ache in your belly and your womb turned inside out. Your Sylvester! Yes, he knows how to build a fire, but I know how to inflame a cunt. [...]

    27. Мартин Касабов on said:

      Несравним. Махам една звезда единствено заради хедонизма, който бавно прогнива душата и те прави скапаняк. :D edit: връщам звездата, щото е недостижим.

    28. August on said:

      Seems the contemporary catch phrase to label Miller by is "Misogynist." Whatever he wrote from his perspective and never swayed from his own vantage point to impress anyone. He is a true artist. How else would he have attracted the love interest of such an intelligent, beautiful woman as Anaiis Nin? Tropic of Cancer, to me, borders on spiritual enlightenment by way of pure honesty. I also enjoyed reading Nin's diary showing her side of their mutual lust affair. She was as much of a lost soul as [...]

    29. Sketchbook on said:

      Henry Miller performs a cunning stunt. There is no odious P.C. here, which one must deplore. This faux-memoir isnt "sexy," but it is a vomit of hilarity. I long for the Baz Luhrmann musical version. Meantime, plunge in, whacckkk it, and then slurp a gonarrhea cocktail. Btw, don't eat the ham sandwich in the bidet.

    30. Mohamad Almokhllati on said:

      This was my first experience with Miller and I am glad so happy I read a wonderful novel. The book is an autobiographical novel that tells about Miller's sojourn in Paris and the anecdotes happened to him and his friends. The style is so funny that I was laughing out loud in the middle of the night like a mad man:). This novel is not for everyone .If you feel offended by the obscene language and Play Boy foul mouth of Miller, you should not read it. I mean seriously you get gutter class descript [...]

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