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Editorial Reviews. Review. "There is nothing like Henry Miller when he gets rolling One has Tropic of Capricorn (Miller, Henry) - Kindle edition by Henry Miller. Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Author of Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, The air-conditioned nightmare, Henry Valentine Miller was an American novelist and painter. A cult modern classic, Tropic of Capricorn is as daring, frank and influential as Henry Miller first novel, Tropic of Cancer -- new to Penguin.

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Tropic of Capricorn OTHER BOOKS BY HENRY MILLER I'"hlisll('d hv Crovc I'n'ss Black Spring Quid Days in (~lichy alld. Probably it is no accident that nobody was ever indifferent concerning Henry Miller. Even in the 'Tropics' Miller is, of course, an extraordinarily diffuse and. Tropic of Capricorn (Excerpts) by Henry Miller, Page 2. Tropic of Capricorn (Excerpts) by Henry Miller, Page 3. Tropic of Capricorn (Excerpts) by.

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But fuck, the real thing, cunt, the real thing, seems to contain some unidentified element which is far more dangerous than nitroglycerine. View 2 comments. He pays homage to Dadaism and Surrealism, but not as influences so much as discoveries after-the-fact; discoveries of like-minds who he never knew existed until he was already like-minded.

The narrative is dense, compacted, sometimes a single paragraph will extend over several pages, an The narrative is dense, compacted, sometimes a single paragraph will extend over several pages, and stylistically shifts gear, sometimes mid-sentence, between a kind of almost traditional yarn-spinning story-telling mode and rambling inner monologues on the idea of the self and society and almost anything, where metaphors and similes crash one upon the other in waves and spurts I mean, an orgasm that goes on too long can become painful Nobody understood what I was writing about or why I wrote that way.

I was so lucid that they said I was daffy. Late in the novel, Miller uses a metaphor to describe his process as going from skating to swimming to being a stone. This is the skating along the surface, something he used to do as a child to get by. Coming to some sort of realization of this allows one to swim, to be in it and of it. But, finally, in a Zen-like nirvanic construction, the self becomes free from its exteriors and knowledge of itself.

Some interesting and heavily counter-intuitive and Dadaist developments occur through this. To be selfish in the ordinary sense is to be overly concerned with others, since it is to others that you bring yourself to be selfed, for example. This is the spell that is put upon you, that must be broken. Far from being nihilistic, and at least influenced to some degree by Nietzsche and Dostoevsky, there is a great celebration of what it is to be completely real and in the moment of human life.

To say Yes. To not desire other than through your immediate need and craving.

There is only an imaginary line between the Tropics, that is, how we name them, how we make them be. It is tempting to think otherwise, because we can imagine how the world would still circle the sun in the same way if we ceased to be here drawing our lines all over the place to track such things, but the tracks are our tracks.

And Miller is not reductive of this, in the end. When he is despairing of his urban landscape at one point, he suddenly realises that the landscape is just as human as he is.

The lamp post he was staring dismally at is It is a human lamp post. Optimism and delight in the most ordinary aspects of man stripped down to his core is the end point, and a kind of acceptance of the idea of humanity in all its frailties.

You can even says Yes and No at the same time View all 8 comments. Although this novel less famous than tropic of Cancer - for example 8, ratings, reviews against 26, ratings, 1, reviews in goodreads - But it's the better one.

When i read Tropic of Cancer i were prepared to all the beauty in it, I read it many years ago translated into Arabic, read many articles about it, But with Tropic of Capricorn - as i thought that Miller is a one work artist - it was like an aesthetic shock. Again the beautiful language, again the charming prose, I'm ready now Although this novel less famous than tropic of Cancer - for example 8, ratings, reviews against 26, ratings, 1, reviews in goodreads - But it's the better one.

Again the beautiful language, again the charming prose, I'm ready now to read Miller's writing about anything even an advertising catalog. As in Tropic of cancer Miller talking about a lot of nonsense matters, But it is always how you talk about something not the thing itself that makes the great literature and art.

Some of the most amazing parts which delighted me are: So why i didn't give it the 5 stars, because sometime Miller seems to lost the concept which he discuss and only remain the beautiful language which isn't a small element but not every thing.

View all 4 comments. I was a senseless child when I read The Tropic of Cancer and I thought he was a machist and so on and you know what? I want to read the freaking Tropic of Cancer again! And now I sole it so I have to download it again! But I had the book in Portuguese though and I want to read it in English, so it was not so bad after all. Anyway, it was one of the happy moments of There was so many beautiful sentences in this book and brilliant thoughts and ways of living your life.

It was very introspective for me. I am normally a fast reader but this book took me 3 weeks or something and it was only because it was so dense and profound for most of the time. Thanks for your insights Mister Miller! It doesn't feel so bad anymore to think of yourself as kind of alienated and for wanting more out of life and for not fitting into boxes. I think the quotes I added from this book speak for themselves.

Kitap yordu beni bir noktada. Okuyucusunu belirleyen bir yazar Miller.

Proustvari bir edebiyattan da bahsetmiyorum. Jun 16, Cecilia rated it did not like it. I read the first few chapters I think it is because he was mooching off his wife while trying to shag someone else's wives in order to mooch off them too Like Bukowski, rather Bukowski copied him However if you randomly pick out a phrase or two But not enough synergy to make this pulp of a Dick lit.

Oh henry I suppose we should we grateful for that Those were the days, when simple not-so-well-travelled women got impressed by some guy who got his book banned in Turkey? View all 11 comments. Found it completely pointless.

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Maybe I dont get surreal style at all. Maybe this zig-zag approach to reality makes me dizzy. Point is, I am sure many of his admirers, if they missed the famous author name, would feel as I do about this book. View all 6 comments. Jul 03, Rainbow Jaguar rated it liked it Shelves: I hate this book. I love this book. At moments I'm completely swept away or disgusted.

Lost in a bleakness and shaking my head in pity for Henry. At times his existence is loathsome like a bad acid trip. Other times it's over the top sexy. Juices tumbling out of groins. I feel like I'm in between those loins. View 1 comment. Nov 24, Zoey Heath rated it did not like it. Let's move on. View all 15 comments. One of the most intellectually stimulating works of literature I've ever read. View all 3 comments. It is no mean feat to take-away from a book an erudition.

And for that I love him also. I wanted to surrender because I saw no sense in struggling. I felt that nothing would be proved, substantiated, added or subtracted by continuing an existence which I had not asked for.

Chronically impecunious despite full time employment with the Western Union and feeling no fealty to anyone or anything, Miller chronicles this time in his life, spent mostly with a retinue of factotums and waybills — all trapped in a system that was so rotten, so inhuman, so lousy, so hopelessly corrupt and complicated, that it would have taken a genius to put any sense or order into it, to say nothing of human kindness or consideration — with both animus and amity.

June was the one who convinced Miller to jack-in his job and take up writing full time while she machinated a variety of schemes to support them financially, whether parading around dance halls, running a speakeasy or collecting money from services rendered.

Writing of her elsewhere, Miller once noted: She was double-barrelled, like a shot-gun, a female bull with an acetylene torch in her womb. In heat she focussed on the grand cosmocrator, her eyes rolled back to the whites, her lips a-saliva.

In the blind hole of sex she waltzed like a trained mouse, her jaws unhinged like a snake's, her skin horripilating in barbed plumes. Miller is not frugal with the scope of his subject matter either.

He writes about everything from eating meat balls to eating pussy by way of St. And his turn of phrase remains truly unique with asides and observations such as: You might scowl or snigger as he wrestles with the salacious and the sad, but you will not be unaffected.

Abarca todo el universo. Incluye el conocimiento de la muerte, del que ni siquiera Dios goza p. Darlo todo a la humanidad, entregarse desbocadamente. Como por ejemplo: La delicia mayor, pero rara, era caminar por las calles a solas Miller es una figura importante de la literatura norteamericana.

Estas son novelas para sorprenderse y dejarse llevar. Jun 09, Jeruen rated it it was amazing. I suppose I should preface this review with a warning. This is an explicit book.

This book has full of sex. And this book has no plot. It opened my eyes. It was the first book that I read that had no plot at all, and I was looking for a story in the book, and yet there were none. It was just a three-hundred page rant about the traipsing of the author. I liked it. This time, I read Tropic of Capricorn, ten years after reading the first book.

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And once again, I was amazed. Why did I pick this book? Well, it was first published in the s, but it was banned here in the United States for about 30 years, due to the sexually explicit content of the book. However, I suppose I like this book due to the fact that this gave way to freedom of speech and expression.

So, what is this book about? He has sex with several women in the book, and it seems that he is the most virile character in literature that I have encountered so far. He describes in painful detail the encounters that he has with several women, Jewish women, secretaries, people he goes swimming with, and other women that intersect with his life.

He describes how he is able to have sex with a woman who thinks that her genitals are too small for having sex, he describes how is has sex with a woman who has a fear of drowning in a lake, and he describes how he has sex with a woman who used to be his music teacher.

He has a typology of "cunts" and describes what these various types are, with the "supercunt" as the most elusive of them all. He is perhaps the most sexed up person in literature I ever read. But, as the narrative ends, I realized that Tropic of Capricorn is about Henry Miller's image of women, as the book ends with saying that if you want women to last, you should turn them into literature. And after reading this book, I am glad that I did pick it up, even though it was ten years after I read the first book.

Ca un carusel. Restul aici: Jan 10, Brent Legault rated it it was ok Recommends it for: Should have been banned for its banality rather than its sexual content. I recently reread the first page and counted five cliches. Miller had pluck, sure, and ballsful of bravado. But talent? I might've wanted to drink with him in some Dijon bordello, listen to one or two of his stories outloud his novels certainly read like they were dictated but his written words are weak and watery.

Of course, he couldn't see that, blinded as he was by his Should have been banned for its banality rather than its sexual content. Of course, he couldn't see that, blinded as he was by his outsized ego. I checked other pages, just in case he was making a pre-post modern comment of some kind, but no, no. His writing, in all of his books the eight or so that I've read, anyway is replete with laziness intermingled with bits of careless genius.

Most readers and critics seem to focus on the sexual aspects of Miller's work, or else the profanity, or that his work was autobiographical, and they tend to say that his work isn't relevant to a 21st Century audience. I disagree; while his language might be more suited to an audience from an earlier time, and his cynicism and sexual explicitness might put readers off personally, I This was the first Henry Miller book I ever read, and until I read The Rosy Crucifixion, I considered it his best.

I disagree; while his language might be more suited to an audience from an earlier time, and his cynicism and sexual explicitness might put readers off personally, I think his sex scenes were poorly written and the least important aspect of his work , his ideas, especially concerning his life as an artist, are more relevant and illuminating than anything the publishing industry has vomited out in the last twenty years.

Jan 14, Karen Cockerill rated it did not like it. In the contraversal debates on Fifty Shades of Grey this was one of the books suggested as being a better read. So I thought I'd try it. I'm almost halfway through the book after much skim reading - for me on the negativity of life - I'm ready to throw the towel in and move onto a more pleasant book. Oct 05, sologdin rated it it was ok Shelves: Narrator reveals himself to be irredeemably and incoherently conflicted almost immediately: That said, he easily casts his own ethnic group into judgment: Every wrong Narrator reveals himself to be irredeemably and incoherently conflicted almost immediately: Because in the bottom of my heart there was murder: I wanted to see America destroyed, razed from top to bottom.

I wanted to see this happen purely out of vengeance, as atonement for the crimes that were committed against me and against others like me who had never been able to lift their voices and express their hatred, their rebellion, their legitimate blood lust.

I was the evil product of an evil soil.

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This jeremiad continues throughout: Ultimately, though, it sounds like all that is solid melts into air: In America, though there are vestiges, they are effaced, wiped out of consciousness, trampled upon, obliterated, nullified by the new. There is no rebirth, only a cancerous growth, layer upon layer of new, poisonous tissue, each one uglier than the previous one.

This caring too much—I remember that it only developed with me about the time I first fell in love. It was a bad experience because it taught me how to live a lie.

Rather, like Svejk, he goes along to get along: I said Yes to everything.

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If the vice-president decreed that no cripples were to be hired I hired no cripples. If the vice-president said that all messengers over fort-five were to be fired without notice I fired them without notice.

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I did everything they instructed me to do, but in such a way that they had to pay for it. When there was a strike I folded my arms and waited for it to blow over.

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But I first saw to it that it cost them a good penny. The whole system was so rotten, so inhuman, so lousy, so hopelessly corrupt and complicated, that it would have taken a genius to put any sense or order into it, to say nothing of human kindness or consideration. I was up against the whole system of American labor, which was rotten at both ends. The crisis and pre-revolutionary situation soon presents itself, when the boss cuts wages and hundreds quit: We see that the jeremiad and the misogyny come to coincide without remainder: One day they run amok.

What they need is an outlet for their energy, for their blood lust.

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Europe is bled regularly by war. He notes the cosmopolitanization of the workforce: Except for the Ainus, the Maoris, the Papuans, the Veddas, the Lapps, the Zulus, the Patagonians, the Igorots, the Hottentots, the Tuaregs, except for the lost Tasmanians, the lost Grimaldi men, the lost Atlanteans, I had a representative of almost every species under the sun. I heard men beg for work who had been Egyptologists, botanists, surgeons, gold miners, professors of oriental languages, musicians, engineers, physicians, astronomers, anthropologists, chemists, mathematicians, mayors of cities and governors of states, prison wardens, cowpunchers, lumberjacks, sailors, oyster pirates, stevedores, riveters, dentists, painters, sculptors, plumbers, architects, dope peddlers, abortionists, white slavers, sea divers, steeplejacks, farmers, cloak and suit salesmen, trappers, lighthouse keepers, pimps, aldermen, senators, every bloody thing under the sun, and all of them out of work.

Again, the irredeemably conflicted incoherence is on display, in unreflective rightwing imagery: The pessimism becomes acute: Does this develop a plausible anagnorisis? Recommended for those born with a crucifixion complex, persons who prefer prolonged snakelike copulation during which they smoke a cigarette or two, and readers who studied the art of masturbation. Aug 02, Jafar rated it really liked it. Henry Miller is mad. This book was more ranting and raving of a genius writer, but if you take it personally it can appall or depress you.

That book was a constant high for me, but this one faltered at many places and at times bored me. Something really good will take you out of it and keep you out of it for a good while.

L Henry Miller is mad. Looking at some of the reviews here it looks like misogyny is a matter of contention regarding Miller. Miller is just intense, and he writes with passion and bluntness.

Personal hyper-sensitivities should be left out when reading Miller. All he had going for him was creative rage, mixed with the artistic vision of the truly avant garde. Not bad for a man who had once written: Tropic would remain banned for a generation, by which time it had become part of postwar cultural folklore, smuggled into the US wrapped in scarves and underwear.

Rarely has a book had such thrilling and desperate underground beginnings. In his essay Inside the Whale , Orwell wrote: With a little ingenuity, or by paying a little over the published price, you can get hold of it, and even if parts of it disgust you, it will stick in your memory Here in my opinion is the only imaginative prose-writer of the slightest value who has appeared among the English-speaking races for some years past. Tropic of Cancer The timing of this landmark verdict did not favour the ageing iconoclast.

Later, feminists like Kate Millett denounced Miller as a male chauvinist, while Jeanette Winterson asked, perceptively: Topics Fiction The best novels. Reuse this content.