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 positively drowns us in a word of unremitting absurdity and meaninglessness. If anything had broken him it was kicking his habit in the Tombs. At various points as I read, I thought it might be anywhere from 1 star to 5 stars.

The girl he was living with finked on him and one day they came pushing him back into his room, treating him like cattle. So I stumbled across references to this book in two other books I just finished which reminded me to add to my shelf. 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 inaction and meaninglessness, and drifting either on the water or into the city, with other junkies, to get fixes.

He keeps himself in dope and replaces the crucifixion with the work on the scows where he is is towed out to the sea to sit adrift with just enough until the he is returned to the harbour.

She pushed everything, clothes, meat and other valuables she boosted, her own thin chops. May 14, John rated it liked it.

Having read troccchi number of books that deal with addiction this one does a good job of portraying the life of a junkie. Today at this time it is still afternoon, and the sun, striking the cinderblocks of the main building of the works has turned them pink.


I was curious to know, tho I never did know, how much the writer of the script got paid.

Much has been written of its this and that existential themes or insights, commentary on art and writing etc. To ask other readers questions about Cain’s Bookplease sign up. There are degrees of addiction, and the physical part has nothing to do with it. An image of a man sitting down and lookin at the world around him on a sunny day is what i see most. The Saint Bookstore Condition: The closest thing to a Situationist novel in existence. If only writers of lesser talent would rebel against that obligation—we may have less whiffy bookstores.

The critics who call upon the lost and beat generations to come 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 in the arse.

May 14, Vit Babenco rated it it was amazing. Loose ends, things unrelated, shifts, nightmare journeys, cities arrived at and left, meetings, desertions, betrayals, all manner of unions, adulteries, triumphs, defeats… these are the facts.

He did not see himself as just a junky but rather a crusader, the mind-expanding quality of drugs, as he saw it, outweighed any other argument against them. That was the first phase—the Paris phase.

Each day I would sit down at the typer to bang and I would try this sentence and that sentence and the other sentence but it was no dice. 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. I enjoyed the parts of the book with more plot and story, like the memories of his father and his interactions with other junkies, but I was bored every time Trocchi waxed poetic about his drug use.


He attended the university, married young and had two children. Although billed as the British counterpart to Burroughs’ Junky, the book suffers from the comparison.

Jan 03, Richard rated it really liked it. The Lost Art of Reading: I think I kept hoping for more insights. They are issued monthly or quarterly or annually and if you manage to give birth to a half dozen numbers of the publication before your money or your enthusiasm expires—youre doing ok. This is the journal of Joe Necchi, a junkie living on a barge that plies the rivers and bays of New York. A clean very good plus hardbound book in very good clipped dustwrapper.

This page was last edited on 21 Octoberat Here and there are flashbacks to his childhood and cwin good sex scenes. When he thought of it he thought of destiny and he felt himself without will.

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All this to say that junkie troccgi has certain elements in it that are as predictable as a Betty and Veronica comic. Although I will probably read his other novel as well at some point just to see if it’s any better. Id heard of this book–From Hank in San Francisco, fellow writer—or writer wannabe.

Feb 03, Caiin rated it it was amazing. Binding is tight, covers and spine fully intact. Cain’s Book Trocchi, Alexander London: Another “cult classic” that would’ve sunk without trace decades ago were it not for the author’s reputation as a literary ‘bad boy’.

It’s excellent, because the character of Alexander Trocchi is on every page, and he himself is a fascinating figure. Original black cloth, titles to spine and upper board in red and silver, red endpapers. A remarkable novel by just about any standard.