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Free download ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ë Henry Miller Henry Miller ë 5 Free read Free read Tropic of Cancer Now hailed as an American classic Tropic of Cancer Henry Miller’s masterpiece was banned as obscene in this country for twenty seven years after its first publication in Paris in 1934 Only a historic court ruling that changed. So I was glancing through some of the reviews here and noticed that someone has totally disparaged this book because its hero is immoral It always bewilders me when people judge a book according to the moral judgment that they pass on its characters Like when I was looking at the reviews of John Updike s Run Rabbit and saw a woman saying that she hated the book because Angstrom left his wife twice in the book I was like don t take it personally lady he s not your husband A lot of people do it They ignore the book and get too tangled up in how likeable the characters are I really don t get this Someone should explain it to me Is Lolita a bad book because it s about a pedophile 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 Aren t evil and immorality whatever they mean facts of life that should be dissected and explained by literatureI didn t bother with the morality of the hero I don t care if he slept with a whore and then stole her money and ran away 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 I don t know why publishers still insist on marketing this book for its explicit language and breaking of sexual taboos in literature That s just so pass in an age when even pornography makes us yawn The beauty of this book lies somewhere else

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Free download ð PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free ë Henry Miller Henry Miller ë 5 Free read Free read Tropic of Cancer C gusto the bawdy adventures of a young expatriate writer his friends and the characters they meet in Paris in the 1930s Tropic of Cancer is now considered as Norman Mailer said one of the ten or twenty great novels of our centu. Reprinted from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography cclapcentercom I am the original author of this essay as well as the owner of CCLaP it is not being reprinted here illegally Sorry the last paragraph today gets cut off a few sentences earlyThe CCLaP 100 In which I read for the first time a hundred so called classics then write reports on whether or not they deserve the labelBook 20 Tropic of Cancer by Henry Miller 1934 The story in a nutshellLike many of the other novels to first become commercial hits under the moniker of Modernism see for example past CCLaP 100 title Mrs Dalloway from the same period Henry Miller s infamously raunchy Tropic of Cancer from 1934 doesn t bother to concern itself much with traditional plot or a traditional three act structure but is rather an attempt to capture the details of a particular moment in history in as intense a way as possible using not only humorous anecdotal tales but also the brand new literary techniue known as stream of consciousness And man what a period of history to capture based on Miller s own experiences from half a decade before the novel is set in Paris in the years after World War One a time when most young people had turned permanently cynical and nihilistic horrified as they rightly were over what exact carnage humans had proven themselves capable of now that humans had added mechanized industry trains machine guns biological weapons to the business of war Add to this that the US itself had still not established its own global class artistic community which wouldn t happen until New York s Greenwich Village after World War Two and you re left with the situation Miller describes with such black humor here of entire Parisian neighborhoods become boisterous drunken melting pots packed to the gills with bohemians from around the world who no longer give a crap about anything who embrace such things as casual sex and exotic drugs in a way no other generation had embraced them before as they party their way to the apocalypse they were all sure was right around the corner Multiply by 300 pages and you basically have Miller s book The argument for it being a classicThere are two basic arguments over why Tropic of Cancer should be considered a classic starting with the book itself It is after all a shining example of early Modernism the exact kind of radical departure from the flowery Victorian style that so many young artists were embracing back then here done in a mature and self assured way that builds on the literary experiments of the previous twenty years but that finally makes it palatable for the first time to the general reading audience and by palatable I mean not incomprehensible thank you very MUCH James Freaking Joyce As such its fans say the novel should be rightly celebrated for the literary masterpiece it is one of those rare books that gets stream of consciousness exactly right one of those rare books that perfectly shows the combination of arrogance and self hatred that mixes in the warm dysfunctional heart of any true bohemian Ah but see in this case there s an entirely different second reason why this should be considered a classic because for those who don t know thirty years after its initial publication in Europe this was one of the landmark artistic projects of the 1960s to help finally lift the yoke of government censorship in America one of the first projects used by the courts to help define was exactly is and isn t obscene adding immense fuel to the countercultural fire that was going on in this country at the same time If it wasn t for Tropic of Cancer fans say we would still have the all or nothing paradigm of the Hays Code in the arts instead of the put out what you want and we ll give it a rating paradigm of our present day no matter what you think of the book itself they argue this alone is a reason to consider it a classic The argument againstLike many of the titles in the CCLaP 100 series see The Catcher in the Rye for example the main argument against Tropic of Cancer seems to be the What Hath God Wrought one that is the book itself may not be that bad but it legitimized something that should ve never been legitimized in this case whiny confessional stream of consciousness rants from broke artists in their twenties living in big cities complaining for 300 pages about how unfair life is and how all the prostitutes keep falling in love with them Yep it was Tropic of Cancer that started all that critics claim and anytime you come across yet another sad little blog about how the heart of the city beats in the weary soul of some overeducated entitled slacker that s one time we should visit the grave of Miller and pee all over it in retribution for him creating a situation where such blogs are encouraged in the first place Again it s not so much that people complain about the book being awful on its own although some will definitely argue that stream of consciousness has always been a house of cards difficult to make work well within a literary project it s that the book simply isn t great and should ve never gotten the accolades and attention it did with Miller being damn lucky that he had as exciting a sex life as he did at the exact moment in history that he did along with the shamelessness to write it all down My verdictSo as will very rarely be the case here at the CCLaP 100 let me admit that this is one of the few books of the series I ve actually read before in fact much than that it was one of the books I practically worshipped in my early twenties as a snotty overeducated oversexed artist myself a book that had a bigger impact on both my artistic career and just how I lived my life in general back then than probably any other single project you could mention So needless to say I was a bit biased going into this week s essay I not only consider Tropic of Cancer a classic but easily among the top 10 of all the books in this series one of those books that any restless young person of any generation should immediately gravitate towards starting around their 18th or 19th birthday And that s because Miller is so good here so damn good at perfectly capturing that restlessness that comes with any generation of young dissatisfied creatives that sense that they want to do something important that they should be doing something important just that none of them know how to do that important thing so instead let that passion seep out through their sex lives their clothing choices the bands they listen to etc Tropic of Cancer is all about yearning all about grasping life to the fullest you possibly can not for the sake of simply doing so but rather because this is the only way you ll ever find what you re truly seeking Or as MIller himself puts it I can t get it out of my mind what a discrepancy there is between ideas and livingBut that all said let me just plainly warn you whoo man is this a filthy book with it unbelievably enough still just as able to shock and offend as when it first came out And again I see this as an asset and strength of Miller as an author because ultimately it s not really the language itself that has gotten people so upset about this book over the decades you ll hear worse in most Hollywood hard R sex comedies but rather that Miller embraces a prurient attitude throughout one that plainly addresses the cold realities about sex which are not usually discussed in polite company Just take for example the chapter where he compares for the reader the various young artsy prostitutes who live in his neighborhood of how the best ones are the ones who have come to grips with the fact that they re whores and not wives or girlfriends and therefore lustily embrace the exact disgusting acts that wives and girlfriends won t the main reason men visit prostitutes in the first place Yeah not for delicate sensibilities this one is despite it being almost 75 years old now you should still exercise caution before jumping into it feet firstAnd then finally re reading it this week for the first time since college two decades ago I ve realized something else about this book that it s not just the fun little stories of crazy sex and urban living that Miller gets right but also the somber reflections of perpetual poverty of the almost existential dread that can develop when waking up in the morning and not knowing how you re going to eat that day This is the flip side of the crazy bohemian life something plainly there in Tropic of Cancer but that most people don t see when first reading it or when reading it at a young age that to live a life rejecting middle class conformity and embracing chaos is not just endless evenings of absinthe and oral sex that there s a very real price to pay for rejecting all these things as well the price of health and kids and normal relationships and any kind of slow building one could potentially do in their chosen career Let s not ever forget that the things Miller talks about in Tropic of Cancer happened half a decade before his literary career ever really took off years where basically none of them got anything accomplished at all except to definitively list all the kinds of books they didn t want to write let s also never forget that Miller s life got dramatically boring after his literary career took off busy as he suddenly was withyou know writing all those books The artistic life can be

  • Paperback
  • 318
  • Tropic of Cancer
  • Henry Miller
  • English
  • 06 January 2019
  • 9780802131782