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.

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It is also an account of what it means to be a junky and an outsider from society.

Meanwhile there on the internet I came across a piece written for An English mag—The Guardian–to coincide with the release of the film that filled in some of the holes bio-wise. Jan 20, Jonathan rated it really liked it. Retrieved 15 July Aleaxnder degrees of addiction that matter are psychological, like intellectually how long have you been a vegetable? Girls getting their own are rare in literature, though in real life they are far more efficient.

It was short but not too short—50, words—the perfect length for a book, as Poe has said, to finish off in one sitting.

Cain’s Book by Alexander Trocchi

I find the isolation in it refreshing. She became a hooker after Trocchi turned her on to junk and now there was a double habit to support and this was the solution–for her to become a hooker—they arrived at. A cursory glance at history should caution us thus. In Groves stable were Henry miller, Beckett, Jean Genet, Celine, etc—the renegade outcast types—perverse, nihilistic, scatological. I felt like I was in this guys head to an extent, it seemed like an intimate converation.

Cain’s Book

Perhaps in too many personal ways to give it an impartial review View all 5 comments. View all 4 comments. What is incredible about the book is its unrelenting bleakness, and the sheer poetic quality of Trocchi’s writing. At some point, in London, he got into business—selling books. Nevertheless, I purchased this copy at the Red Wheelbarrow acin Paris last week. There are doctors, painters, lawyers on dope, and they can still function.


Alexander Trocchi is without a doubt is one of the most interesting characters in 20th Century literature. Waited too alexannder to write this review. What a beautiful book! Some years later, many years later, a movie was made from Young Adam and a modest revival of interest in Trocchi was the result. All this to say that junkie lit has certain elements in it that are as predictable as a Betty and Veronica comic.

In the pinball machine an absolute and peculiar order reigns. He was a drug addict and a pinball addict. But here he was living on a barge, scoring for dope and trying to write a novel—Cains Book. Yes, horror of horrors, people do have sex, sometimes frequently, and they do take drugs. I have no memory of reading this book in the past, but it seems that I had read it some years ago.

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In some ways, I thought it wa I don’t remember feeling this torn on how many stars to rate a book on here. Good grief, what overrated dross. He casts himself as beyond society, above laws and morals and wars and guilt. To see what your friends thought of rrocchi book, please sign up. But it’s Cain’s book that best fulfils Trocchi’s hopes torcchi ” the invisible insurrection of a thousand minds “.

It describes with an eye for detail the rituals of heroin, the cooking up and the search for a suitable vein. The case is notable in that the court’s judgement was the first in the UK to condemn a troccji for obscenity not for sexual content but for “the lifestyle it advocated. Any journalistic enterprise needs an angle and he had one—the existential angle. He attended the university, married young and had two children.

He had a new girlfriend, a young girlfriend, the best kind, and it was in her arms following one last shot of heroin that he died inage The bottom line is that it is supremely well written, as near as words can alexancer to inhabiting flesh.

What a Godforsaken spot, and to be hung up here for three days with less than trocchl dollars!

It’s a portrait of a alexandeg who is floating between what culture wants him to be, and the refusal of that society. Elevated roads with automobiles like little bugs running across them. I enjoyed the parts of the book with more plot and story, like the memories of his father and his interactions with other junkies, but I was bored every time Trocchi waxed poetic about his drug use.

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There are degrees of addic Let’s cut through the dread the moral authorities and sensibilities of timid readers which reacted against this book on troccyi publication. I would say Trocchi is like methadone where Welsh is like pure Persian White.

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It provides the police with something to do, and as junkies and potheads are relatively easy to apprehend because they have to take so many chances to get hold of their drugs, a heroic police can make spectacular arrests, lawyers troccji do a brisk business, judges can make speeches, the big pedlars can make a fortune, the tabloids can teocchi millions of copies.

This was the sixties and in the sixties there was a particular kind of writer—the Grove Press writer. It wasnt a linear rhythm. If “Junky” weren’t already a thinkin man’s book, I’d call this the thinkin man’s Junky.

Half an hour ago I gave myself a fix. It reminds me of Hull or Sheerness, places like that on the east coast of England.

I considered it to be a little disjointed which is I guess what a junky should sound like when writing a novel. This book is supposed to be something of a cult novel about drug addiction, but I must say I don’t see the appeal.

The title of the book gives a clear indication of Trocchi’s intentions. 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: