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Children Of Albatross: V2 Nin'S Continuous Novel [Paperback]

Anais Nin

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Book Description

Jan. 1 1959
Children of the Albatross is divided into two sections: “The Sealed Room” focuses on the dancer Djuna and a set of characters, chiefly male, who surround her; “The Café” brings together a cast of characters already familiar to Nin's readers, but it is their meeting place that is the focal point of the story.

As always, in Children of the Albatross, Nin's writing is inseparable from her life. From Djuna's story, told in “The Sealed Room” through hints and allusions, hazy in their details and chronology, the most important event to emerge is her father's desertion (like Nin's) when she was sixteen. By rejecting realistic writing for the experience and intutitions she drew from her diary, Nin was able to forge a novelistic style emphasizing free association, spontaneity, and improvisation, a technique that finds its parallel in the jazz music performed at the café where Nin's characters meet.

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 111 pages
  • Publisher: Swallow Press; 1 edition (Jan. 1 1959)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0804000395
  • ISBN-13: 978-0804000390
  • Product Dimensions: 0.9 x 14.4 x 21.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 168 g
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #837,673 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Anais Nin—the celebrated novelst, diarist, and short story writer—was born in France and spent her childhood in various parts of Europe and in New York. Nin returned to New York just before the outbreak of World War II, and she spent the rest of her life living there and in Paris and Los Angeles. Her work is characterized by a interest in the subconscious. Her five novels in the Cities of the Interior series focus on different female types and follow their lives through lovers, art, and analysis. In 1973 Nin received an honorary doctorate from Philadelphia College of Art. She was elected to the National Institute of Arts and Letters in 1974.

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4.0 out of 5 stars States of Being and States of Feeling March 19 2012
By G. Charles Steiner - Published on Amazon.com
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Reading this novel in 1991, I was intrigued by the wind-up plot of Djuna's past at the opening of this novel. Then, I was irritated beyond belief with the antics between Michael and Donald.

I quit reading this work because I sensed it was going nowhere. I picked it up again after a couple of months, and I was impressed with the deception of Djuna's relationship to Paul. I was also astonished by the return of Lillian and Jay, central characters from Nin's "Ladders to the Fire."

There are some powerful descriptions of states of being in this novel, states of feeling. There are beatitudes to be found here as well, as if this novel were really a book of wisdom.

But one still wonders: whither does it blow?

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