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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The junky genius of Alexander Trocchi

It still felt really relevant to read. View all 5 comments.

A thinly veiled autobiography, Cain’s Book is part metafiction, as the writer moves back and forth in time from Scotland, where he grew up in a boarding house, to NYC, either planning or working on the ms, to shooting up H, philosophising about caim and meaninglessness, and drifting either on the wa What begins as a junkie’s self-indulgent narrative slowly opens up to become a engrossingly nihilistic portrait of a solitary and broken man who has ended up alone trocchu a barge in the Hudson River.

Quotes from Cain’s Book. At the moment we are encouraging ignorance, legislating to keep crime in existence, and preparing the way for one of the most heinous usurpations of power of all times.

I think I kept hoping for more insights. What begins as a junkie’s self-indulgent narrative slowly opens up to become a engrossingly nihilistic portrait of a solitary and broken man who has ended up alone on a barge in the Hudson River. Once in Paris two things happened. Better World Books Ltd Condition: As a person who tends more towards plot and story, I can see why this book may appeal to someone else, but not to me.

Cain’s Book

Many people praise the language and his power of description, which This book is supposed to be something of a cult novel about drug addiction, but I must say I don’t see the appeal. If “Junky” weren’t already a thinkin man’s book, I’d call this the thinkin man’s Junky.


Feb 27, Tim rated it it was ok. Retrieved 20 October I loved the first half but didn’t feel like the second half really added much to the book. And we want these elements. The spine has a very slight storage impression. It’s a portrait of a man who is floating between what culture wants him to be, and the refusal of that society.

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Jul 01, Lance Grabmiller rated it it was amazing. Merlin held on for 3 years and during that time established a bit of reputation—for the quality of the writing and the brilliant–and brilliantly erratic–behavior of the editor. Buy with confidence, excellent customer service! Jan 03, Richard rated it really liked it. But it wasn’t the junk that made him creep. Then he felt the wetness on the back of his hand.

Everyone gets something out of it except the junkie. Although I will probably read his other novel as well at some point just to see if it’s any better. An interesting read and I enjoy reading period pieces that take place in NYC. There was the occasional story, review, magazine trocci but the sustained energy and discipline required to write a book was gone never to reappear.

Cain’s Book by Trocchi, Alexander

As the 60s gave way to the 70s, Trocchi’s addiction to heroin took its toll and his talent lay pretty much squandered. Cain’s Book will fuck you up!

Some years later, many years later, a movie was made from Young Adam and a modest revival of interest in Trocchi was the result.

The critics who call upon the lost and beat generations to frocchi home, who use the dead to club the living, write prettily about anguish because to them it is an historical phenomenon and not a pain bbook the arse. In Cain’s Book the writing is all – the words ebb and flow like the inky blackness of the Hudson River. I don’t remember feeling this torn on how many stars to rate a book on here. View all 4 comments. It is now just after five in the afternoon.


His other books can some interesting pseudonymous pornography for the Olympia Press. 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.

Thanks for telling us about the problem. Cover shows surface and edge wear. Junk for Necchi, however, is a tool, freely chosen and fully justified; he is Cain, the malcontent, the profliga This is the journal of Joe Necchi, a junkie living on a barge that plies the rivers and bays of New York.

If only writers of lesser talent would rebel against that obligation—we may have less whiffy bookstores. Why didn’t ccain bastard shut up? The war had finished that one off—in spades. It was a non-linear tgocchi.

Nevertheless, I purchased this copy at the Red Wheelbarrow in Paris last week. He should have stuck to writing about the barge life. The bottom line is that it is supremely well written, as near as words can get to inhabiting flesh.

Writing must have energy. He met Beckett and acquired a girlfriend—an American with money. World of Books Ltd Condition: The top edge has a small closed tear as does the back cover.

There is no plot in this novel, but more of a series of commentary on life as it is lived. I see it totally differently every time I come back to it. Cain’s Book finds hidden eddies in the seemingly static water of banal everyday life, and the vistas this book opens up remain hardly explored 50 years on. Threads collapsed expanded unthreaded.