Tropic of Capricorn Paperback – Jan 13 1994
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There is nothing like Henry Miller when he gets rolling. . . . One has to take the language back to Marlowe and Shakespeare before encountering a wealth of imagery equal in intensity.' -Norman Mailer
'There is an eager vitality and exuberance to the writing . . . we watchfully hear the language skip, whoop and wheel across Miller's pages.' -William H. Gass
'The most enthralling and hilarious explosions are the sexual ones.' - Newsweek
'A superb entertainment that brings in jeremiads, casual lyrics, and sudden reaches toward the spiritual core of life . . .' - The New York Times Book Review
'Miller has once and for all blasted away the very foundation of human hypocrisy-moral, social, and political. . . . The grandest passages are the scenes of lovemaking. They join in a grand paean to all that is still joyous, healthy, happy, and affirmative.' - The Nation
'American literature today begins and ends with the meaning of what Miller has done.' -Lawrence Durell
About the Author
Henry Valentine Miller was born in 1891 in New York City and spent most of his life in Brooklyn, Paris, and Big Sur, California. His books include Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, the Rosy Crucifixion trilogy (Sexus, Plexus, and Nexus), Black Spring, and Crazy Cock. He died in 1980.
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this book also gives the reader much more insight to henry miller the writer. the closing portion of this book explains his following of the dada movement. this explains the irrationality and the sexuality of many parts of both books.
with all that said, the first 100 pages of this book are remarkable and well worth reading. never will you meet a more interesting and funny group of characters or situations. the latter part of the book returns to this format and we meet miller's friend macgregor. now that is an experience!
you can't even try to understand miller until you have read tropic of capricorn. it is worth the trip.
In this semi-autobiographical novel, Miller gives us a glimpse into the breakdowns and revelations that brought him from the streets of Brooklyn and onto the pages of literature. From his first word, we follow him on the road to discovering his world and bringing to life the writer within. Through his free-flowing prose and vivid scenery we follow Henry from his many sexual exploits to the dark sided humor of life as only seen through his maddened eyes. This book is one of the few that truly changed my views of life and my purpose.
If you have any taste like my own and the life of Henry Miller intrigues you to no end then definitely pick up Tropic of Capricorn. Like a morsel of bread to a starving man, Capricorn only left me hungrier for more Miller to chew on. Other books I adore are, of course, Quiet Days in Clichy, Tropic of Cancer by Miller, The Losers' Club by Richard Perez
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looking back during the period of time when Miller wrote this may have invoked more of a edgier feel for thebook. Read morePublished on July 14 2003 by William D. Tompkins
Henry Miller captivates the reader from the first sentences, with his strong and astonishing philosophical thoughts and criticism of religion, of life in America. Read morePublished on March 20 2003 by carol France
Tropic of Capricorn was first published in openminded pre-war Paris in 1939, but it took a Supreme Court decision for the book to be declared "safe" for JFK's America twenty-two... Read morePublished on June 22 2002 by Lucian of Samosata
wow. reading henry miller is like taking an amazing roller coaster rider while on ecstasy. his writing is intoxicating, it would make a truck driver blush. Read morePublished on Aug. 22 2000 by MICHAEL SAMUELIAN C/O HOK
i've read several books of henry's,but it's the very best coz i'm moved by what he said,so frank so grey so sentimentaland so good. Read morePublished on July 19 2000
This book was way ahead of it's time. Written in the 1930's and banned for almost 30 years, it sounds like something written only yesterday. Read morePublished on April 4 2000
In my opinion, it is essential that any budding writer read any Henry Miller book they can find. One of my personal favourites is Tropic of Capricorn. Read morePublished on March 17 2000 by bonni