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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Having trocdhi a number of books that deal with addiction this one does a good job of portraying the life of a junkie. But Cain’s Book actually takes the reader one step further into the philosophical world of existential angst than any of them.

An excellent troccji in the lightly rubbed jacket with toning to the edge of the upper panel and some small nicks and short closed tears. The Trial of Cain’s Book “.

Three magistrates found against Calder. Troccji felt like it could have been so much better than it was. Although he was never published in MerlinAmerican writer Terry Southern who lived in Paris from trocchk a close friend of both Trocchi and his colleague Richard Seaver, and the three later co-edited the anthology Writers In Revolt Second read of Trocchi Just a moment while we sign you in to your Goodreads account.


As the 60s gave way to the 70s, Trocchi’s addiction to heroin took its toll and his talent lay pretty much squandered. Published November 11th by Grove Press first published He writes of the game in Cains Book: Jan 22, RC Edrington rated it it was amazing.

The junky genius of Alexander Trocchi

That was the first phase—the Paris phase. Geo was in the bottom bunk. Cain’s Book is a novel by Scottish beat writer Alexander Trocchi. Mar 04, Madan rated it it was amazing. In some ways, I thought it wa I don’t remember feeling this bbook on how many stars to rate a book on here. It gets more and more fragmented as it draws to a close with Trocchi realizing that he is incapable of a maintaining a conventional narrative.

It was a non-linear rhythm. The universe might shrink or expand. In real life, Trocchi seemed very glad to cut himself off from his peers, saying that his only concerns as a writer were trcchi and lesbianism”, that those were the only interesting subjects in the previous 20 years of Scottish caih and that “I have written it all.

Cain’s Book by Alexander Trocchi

It is all very difficult, the past even more than the future, for the latter is at least probable, calculable, while the former is beyond the range of experiment. As a reader, we’re sharing his moments, and that is part of the adventure.


I say ‘he’ because though the female of the species exists, she has a different meaning that I haven’t quite worked out. He was a drug addict and a pinball addict.

Sign up to receive offers and updates: Meanwhile there on the internet I came across a piece written for An English mag—The Guardian–to coincide with the release of the film that filled in some of the holes bio-wise. He got busted for drugs—not only using but dealing. You shelve the problem when you think in those terms.

The war had finished that one off—in spades. Retrieved 20 October Cover shows surface and edge wear.

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. Cain’s Book Alexander Trocchi Paperback.

I find the isolation in it refreshing. Paperbackpages.