Book Review: Tropic Of Cancer

Tropic of CancerTropic of Cancer by Henry Miller

After 50 or so pages I was none the wiser as to what the author was trying to say. I have better things to do with my life than read something that seems to be going nowhere fast.

And this is supposed to be a modern classic?

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  1. I haven’t even heard of this book, so I guess I won’t be reading about it in the future either!

    • It is supposed to be one of those ‘must read in your lifetime’ books but for me it was a turgid read about nothing in particular. Streams of consciousness (or whatever) are not my thing, or so it appears.
      Don’t let me put you off reading it though, it is said to be a ‘love it’ or ‘hate it’ book, I guess I fall into the latter group.

  2. I always thought I would read that someday, but probably not. I read his “Quiet Days in Clichy” and it was a rambling narrative of idle, useless misogynistic men.

    Similar to the era, I tried to read “The Soft Machine” by William Burroughs—I find the drug culture of the time interesting. It was just dreadful, couldn’t finish it. Incomprehensible stream of manure.

    Thanks for heads up.

    • I think the book is very much of it’s time and it shows in the writing and language used. I would be surprised if it ever saw the light of day if offered as a new piece of writing in today’s society.
      I’ve not read the others you mention, I’ll know to steer clear of them in future. The only reason I’m reading more mainstream fiction is to broaden my reading horizons but I really didn’t expect to find such chauvinistic preachings in this type of fiction. Oh well, lesson learned.

  3. Harvey Dairy

     /  February 27, 2012

    i hope that the people reading your blog and therefore not reading tropic of cancer as a result are as childish and demanding as you are.

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