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. Written in America while Trocchi was working on a scow on the Hudson River, Cain’s Book is an extraordinary autobiographical account about a junky’s life, and .

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This was the book that became Cains Book. Are you riding the horse or what?

The junky genius of Alexander Trocchi

In April the UK edition went to trial for obscenitywith six defense trochci, including author Kenneth Allsoptestifying to its literary value. The Trial of Cain’s Book “. Please contact us with any enquiries. All this to say that junkie lit has certain elements in it that are as predictable as a Betty cqin Veronica comic.

Existentialism is a slippery concept that can be interpreted trocfhi this way, that way or the other way but however you interpret it the one word that will never apply is: The action such as it is revolves entirely around Joe and his fellow junkies shooting dope or, when they are not doing that, running around in a frazzled state trying to score for dope.


Cain’s Book by Alexander Trocchi

A remarkable novel by just about any standard. No skepticism is teocchi for the man who by a series of sharp and slight dunts tries to control the machine. Authorities, take this as a starting point for your condemnations and the laws you frame. You shelve the problem when you think in those terms.

We wait for them as surely as we wait for the crucifixion in a passion play. It’s excellent, because the character of Alexander Trocchi is on every page, and he himself is a fascinating figure. John Citizen can sit back fain exonerated and watch evil get its deserts. 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 can do a brisk business, judges can make speeches, the big pedlars can make a fortune, the tabloids can sell millions of copies.

Second read of Trocchi 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 its publication.

Views Read Edit View history. Open Preview See a Problem? There was the occasional story, review, magazine piece but the sustained energy and discipline required to write a book was gone never to reappear.


Sep 28, Abailart bookk it it was amazing Shelves: Near fine and bright illustrated stiff wraps with strong spine and clean text throughout. He met Beckett and acquired a girlfriend—an American with money.

I picked up a book—Cains Book. He had a new girlfriend—a hooker. Advanced Book Search Browse by Subject. Thanks for telling us about the problem. The red cloth cover is in near troccui condition.

Want to Read saving…. Having read a number of books that deal with addiction this one does a good job trocchi portraying the life of a junkie. Alexander Trocchi was a Scottish novelist. But here he was living on a barge, scoring for dope and trying to write a novel—Cains Book.

He should have stuck to writing about the barge life. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. A novel about drug addiction in New York. He did everything for her and his reward was to receive the impression he did not exist.

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