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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May not contain Access Codes or Supplements. Nov 05, Dozy Pilchard rated it really liked it.

bokk Existentialism is a slippery concept that can be interpreted in this way, that way or the other way but however you interpret it the one word that will never apply is: His job is to maintain the trocci without toiling to tow it, unload it, or anything of that sort. She wasnt a hooker when they met.

Jan 22, RC Edrington rated it it was amazing. I say ‘he’ because though the female of the species exists, she has a different meaning that I haven’t quite worked dain. John Calder,first impression. It was this book alone that convinced me that the life playing out between my ears needed release onto paper. Slight rubbing to edges otherwise in excellent condition.

And there’s a whole chapter around a storm while on a scow that perhaps would have been at home in Moby-Dick but didn’t add much here. Half rtocchi hour ago I gave myself a fix. Despite his addictions, and his sad death at the age of 59, Trocchi left us some of the bleakest, most beautiful writing to come out of the 60s.


Cain’s Book

With the dust jacket. Better World Books Ltd Condition: The closest thing to a Situationist novel in existence.

It was a form of literary constipation. Everything we do in life, even to make love, we do on a train that is rolling towards death.

Man is serious at play. From the souls of men not formed but deformed in factories whose inspiration is pelf.

Young Adam, of course, was turned into a successful film starring Ewan McGregor, and helped to raise the author’s public perception a little. I think I kept hoping for more insights. A handsome copy of an important novel of the ‘s. Return to Book Page. May 14, Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing.

He had two gifts. If he’s lucky he can creep round the corner and get a fix. Chapter 1 Books Published: First US Paperback Edition. The past is always a lie clung to by an odour of ancestors. Near fine and bright illustrated stiff wraps with strong spine and clean text throughout. In the pinball machine an absolute and peculiar order reigns. I can think of no more important or pointed social novel to read from the last century. It is also an account of what it means to be a junky and an outsider from society.

All this to say that junkie lit has certain elements in it that are as predictable as a Betty and Veronica comic. 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. Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Geo was in the bottom bunk. Claire was my sister-in-law.


Amoral in a sense, but on the other tdocchi he sees the world as a place of trocdhi allowing pleasures, so, therefore, he drifts between jobs on a boat to investigate an alternative life, that is chosen in a sense, but not clear if it’s the right choice or not. 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.

An interesting read and I enjoy reading period pieces that take place in NYC.

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From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. There’s no real narrative to speak of; nothing happens; there aren’t any penetrating psychological insights; the characters the narrator meets with are pseudonymous and poorly drawn. The portrait of lower Manhattan and the docks in the late ’50’s is indelible, the characterization strong, and, though essentially very bleak, the book has a tremendous dark power.

Calder Publications Ltd, Critical knowledge we must vigilantly keep in the public domain. He had a contract to write a book for Hrocchi press wangled by an editor—Dick Seaver—a Trocchi groupie from the Paris days.

First edition, first printing and uncommon in such nice condition.