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Incest: From a Journal of Love; The Unexpurgated Diary of Anais Nin, 1932-1934 Paperback – Jan 12 2001


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  • Paperback: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt; Reprint edition (Jan. 12 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0156443007
  • ISBN-13: 978-0156443005
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 15.4 x 3.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #392,992 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Katie on April 18 2004
Format: Paperback
Regardless of the subject matter, Anais Nin is an incredible writer and her way with words was probably part of her charm in life. Her ability to describe even the most perverted behavior as something transcendent and meaningful probably was the ability that kept her circle of lovers around her. She could make the most petty behavior seem poetic by her descriptions and that's seductive to someone caught in a relationship with such a person.
I read the journals of Anais Nin not because I identify with her, or even sympathise with her, but because I enjoy the way she makes every small event of her life seem like something elevated and rife with meaning. I am fascinated by the lurid details and by the paradox of all her affairs, were these men sexually abusing her, or was she using them? It seems, somehow both.
And there's a little bit of teenage angst still lurking inside me that was never cured. The part of me that still listens to the Smiths and loves Sylvia Plath and Anne Sexton adores Anais Nin and her glorious tragic screwed-upness.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kglans01@emerald.tufts.edu on Dec 14 1998
Format: Paperback
Anais Nin is selfish and human. Her ability to lie to everyone in her life strangely allows her to be more honest to herself--she herself admits that she is neurotic, but she is not deluded or insane. Her diary contains the documentation of her physical, intellectual, and spiritual explorations. "Incest" is fascinating because Nin is completely honest only in her diaries. In her inner freedom, she explores her femininity (how she becomes a "woman"); her relationships to men and the feminine/masculine relationship; and repression, oppression, and liberation. She constantly liberates herself only to find that she has succeeded in trapping herself again. Anais Nin's selfishness comes through in her diaries more honestly than most of us could manage, even in the safety of our own minds. She seems the most human, sane person on earth until one stands back to survey her life; she never lets the reader stand back while reading her diary.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Nichole Long on Feb. 19 2000
Format: Paperback
Incest, the second diary in Nin's "unexpurgated" journal works, is both elegant and disturbing. It is horribly fascinating because it is a "poetic" look at psychic pain. Nin, the reader soon deciphers, was probably a survivor of childhood sexual abuse. While her prose was among the best I had ever read, her attempts to romanticize her sexual relationship with her father did not work with me! She hated men: her father, her husband, her brothers, her therapist, and her countless lovers. She enjoyed hurting them. What does a sick person do to a good husband like Hugo? She abuses him; mistreats and makes a thorough fool of him. After an abortion, does a deranged diarist opt to heal without viewing the aborted fetus? Not at all! She holds the fetus in her arms and babbles about "mothering" Henry Miller! This powerful, but horrific work would be a fascinating case study for any psychologist! Her "passionate" and "white hot" sexual affairs were simply provocative blows of rage against a father who abused her. She was a fantastic artist and a manipulative and ambitious charmer who was able to channel her incredible pain into her work. Even though I am a lover of many of her writings(Henry and June was my favorite!), I will always believe she would have contributed so much more to literature in general if she had received the psychological help she so desperately needed.
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