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Tropic of Cancer Tropic 2 by Henry Miller ,. Tropic of Cancer is now considered, as Norman Mailer said, "one of the ten or twenty great novels of our century. Get A Copy. Paperback , pages. Published January 6th by Grove Press first published More Details Original Title. Paris France Montparnasse, Paris France. Other Editions 4.
Friend Reviews. To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Tropic of Cancer , please sign up. Is it a true story with information about her finding information on cancer? Adam Clark Ken M. I tried reading this book in college, but had to put it down when he kept referring to women as bitches and whores.
For women who have read the book, did that dissuade you? Gaia I'm reading the last pages of the book. Personally, I don't think the point was to denigrate women, and I did not feel dissuaded.
Whores do exists, an …more I'm reading the last pages of the book. Whores do exists, and he talks about them, sometimes with strong words and expression, but it's all part of his poetical style. He writes down the decay of his society, and from the bottom of the dirt, meaningless, life, from chaos he builds up a brand new rebirth by means of art and sound and literature and women too. Of course is a male point of view and it can be hard to find yourself it, and I do believe that some women could not appreciate it.
However the message of the whole book is just so powerful when you feel it that you can read it from a higher point of view and surpass the first impressions, that can be found offensive. He put down words every woman would love to hear from a lover.
Of course this is a personal thought less. See all 4 questions about Tropic of Cancer…. Lists with This Book. Community Reviews. Showing Average rating 3. Rating details. More filters. Sort order. Start your review of Tropic of Cancer. Sep 23, Jafar rated it it was amazing.
It always bewilders me when people judge a book according to the moral judgment that they pass on its characters. A lot of people do it. They ignore the book and get too tangled up in how likeable the characters are. Someone should explain it to me. Should writers feel like their characters will be competing in a popularity contest in the minds of the readers? Should we then only read books about angels floating happily in Heaven, doing good things?
Who cares? Look at all that delicious writing instead, all the ranting and raving of a tormented and brilliant mind, and the brutal honesty of it. The beauty of this book lies somewhere else. View all 40 comments. Aug 06, Jonathan rated it it was amazing. This may be the greatest book ever written.
This opening passage proves it: "I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive. A year ago, six months ago, I thought I was an artist. I no longer think about it. Everything that was literature has fallen from me. There are no more books to be written, thank God. This then? This is not a book. This is libel, slander, defamation of character. This is not a book, in the ordinary sense of the word. No, this is a prolonged in This may be the greatest book ever written.
I am going to sing for you, a little off key perhaps, but I will sing. I will sing while you croak, I will dance over your dirty corpse To sing you must first open your mouth. You must have a pair of lungs, and a little knowledge of music. It is not necessary to have an accordian, or a guitar. The essential thing is to want to sing.
This then is a song. I am singing. View all 12 comments. Damion It got me too. Love Feb 08, AM. By far the best opening ever! Jun 17, Kate rated it did not like it. I got through the first pages before I decided that life is too short to waste time reading books you hate. Maybe I'm not smart enough or deep enough to appreciate a book like Tropic of Cancer, but for me each page was a tedious struggle.
The author of the book's introduction boldy asserts that Henry Miller is "the greatest living author" obviously, the edition I read was published prior to Miller's death in , but I found Miller's frenetic, meandering style tiresome.
Don't get me wrong I got through the first pages before I decided that life is too short to waste time reading books you hate. Don't get me wrong, I'm not one to carelessly fling aside any book that doesn't capture my attention in the first pages. Once I start a book, it's difficult for me to give it up, mostly because it makes me feel like a quitter; but I found myself getting angry as I grudgingly plodded through this one.
Some semblance of a plot might have helped keep my interest piqued, but I don't think that storytelling was the author's aim. The long and short of it is - these kinds of books are not my cup of tea. Feb 13, Paul Bryant rated it did not like it Shelves: novels. My fiction addiction Had lost all its friction I needed raw meat but this new stuff was veggie Predictable, safe, and not bold, tough and edgy I thought Tropic of Cancer Would be the answer For years it was banned Throughout every land But five c words per page Suppressed masculine rage And tours of French pudenda Was his only agenda So reading Henry Miller Just made me feel iller And iller And iller And iller.
View all 38 comments. Tropic of Cancer is held in high regard by Authors that I respect. Miller's foul language has lost the power to impress; modern readers will not feel the level of shock and awe experienced by previous generations. The book has so much critical adulation that I have spent a few weeks ruminating before expressing my own view. I don't like it It leaves me cold.
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Tropic of Cancer is a novel by Henry Miller that has been described as "notorious for its candid sexuality" and as responsible for the "free speech that we now take for granted in literature". In , the U. Supreme Court declared the book non-obscene. It is regarded as an important work of 20th-century literature.