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“Henry Miller said of his classic, "This is not a book, in the ordinary sense of the word." He was correct. Whatever this type between two covers may be, it isn't a book. Miller hurls away every traditional expectation of Western fiction with both hands. Tropic of Cancer has nothing to...”see full review » see other reviews »
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“Anyone read Tropic of Cancer? I picked it up quite a while ago, probably at a used book store. I figured I'd dig it out when I finished The Other Queen. I don't understand it. If I hadn't read the forward, something I usually don't do, I would never know what the fuck he's talking about! ...”see full review » see other reviews »
“Great fucking. Weird long lyrical passages. An absolute classic. Like Orwell for grown-ups. But not always an easy meal. ”PTKrause wrote this review 3 days ago. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Knowing this book had previously been banned just made it all the more enjoyable.”Ruby Binns-Cagney wrote this review Saturday, September 28, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“The best part of this book was anticipating how my bookclub would hate it.”Pavel in Illinois wrote this review Tuesday, September 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“A raucous, graphic, and stunningly realistic portrayal of the "underbelly" of Paris life.
So first things first, this novel was banned for being graphic, both sexually and linguistically. Yes, there is a lot of sexuality, but I found it lacked the tawdriness that I expected. the book read a lot more as all encompassing passion rather than pure physical lust. The characters seemed to honesty be in the throes of physical connection rather than looking for a tryst. But I can see how some people would be offended by it. The free love ideals in the novel are unlikely to please everyone.
As a plot, the story is fairly chaotic. A group of people living in Paris live together, sleep with each other, give each other VD, and try to keep out of poverty while being artistic. Though I think Miller aims for these characters to be more than the sum of their acts, and more symbols of a way of life. The "real" Paris. The one that does not appear on postcards. With its dirt, rats, struggles, and true art. In the end the protagonist has the option to leave Paris. But does not. what grander statement can he make about how "true" his Paris life is that resigning himself to squalor, poverty, and disease.
For all of its base content, Tropic of Cancer is written passionately. there are few works I can think of that have the seeming zest of life that this book contains. Yeah, Miller is louse ridden and impoverished, but his life is real, present, and unabashed. and the writing reflects it. You feel like you are there and you understand these characters lives, even if you do not want to share them.
Passionately written if a bit base.”
“Libro escrito con sangre, pasión que desborda, sin concesiones ni miramientos. Autobiográfico y ficción: una obra que abrió camino, un crudo recuento del París de los barrios bajos y de la vida bohemia de sus artistas.”Enrique V wrote this review Tuesday, July 30, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I read it while in high school, and then I read it again, and again... I literally ended up in Paris. TROPIC OF CANCER made me do it. Who knows, maybe it saved my life, because I wound up there a few months before the war in my country broke out...”F.J. Nanic wrote this review Wednesday, July 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Cuando lees libros como este, debes volar!!”Omar Arenax wrote this review Thursday, June 13, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“It's fun for the first 20 pages and then it's just more of the same. I especially couldn't stand the woman-bashing which I don't think was even acceptable back then. The c-word is used way too much and I can't believe this book's a classic. Perhaps if the author were more self-deprecating. But he wasn't. I'm officially not a Henry Miller fan!”Susie Peyton wrote this review Saturday, May 4, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Groundbreaking for its censorship, the book is much less shocking in today's anything-goes society. It gives a wonderful, intimate perspective on life in early 20th century Paris. Most of the book is a dingy first person, day-in-the-life account of a poor expat which seems to be closely related to Miller's own experiences, if not directly biographical. Toward the end, Miller seems to open up and spend a few chapters imitating Joyce where he really start to show his chops. ”Scott Kaszyk wrote this review Thursday, June 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No