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. Cain’s Book by Alexander Trocchi – book cover, description, publication history.

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His job is to maintain the scow without toiling to tow it, unload it, or anything of that sort. I am sitting near Perth Amboy, N. This book wasn’t trocchj all what I expected. Cain’s Book is a novel by Scottish beat writer Alexander Trocchi. I have no memory of reading this book in the past, but it seems that I had read it some years ago.

Once a junkie always a junkie. Sep 28, Abailart rated it it was amazing Shelves: By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy.

The junky genius of Alexander Trocchi

Jul 15, Jeff rated it really liked it Shelves: MY brother was devoted to her. It became for me a ritual act. Can’t really say why I loved this book so much. But as Trocchi’s later life was to show, his own addiction prevented him from finishing any other book-length project. It positively drowns us in a word of unremitting absurdity and meaninglessness. Trocchi’s book subverts all of this.

Dec 07, Unclemark rated it it was amazing. Although billed as the British counterpart to Burroughs’ Junky, the book suffers from the comparison.

Where I was tomorrow is where I am today, where I would be yesterday.

She wasnt a hooker when they met. Much of it is good but safely radical, the sort of stuff any arty adolescent suffused with angst, ennui and the slexander anger at provincialism could come up with: Forget those who say it’s about addiction: I went to the library to further investigate this Trocchi character but the pickings were slim.


Books by Alexander Trocchi.

Cain’s Book by Alexander Trocchi

I don’t know exactly what the junkie is in our folklore-literature but I do know he is a very important archetype. Merlin held on for 3 years and during that time established a bit of reputation—for the quality of the writing and the brilliant–and brilliantly erratic–behavior of the editor.

The closest thing to a Situationist novel in existence. Young Adam, of course, was turned into a successful film starring Ewan McGregor, and helped to raise the author’s public perception a little.

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 troccchi wa What alexandfr 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.

Id heard of this book–From Hank in San Francisco, fellow writer—or tfocchi wannabe. And we want these elements. Having read a number of books that deal with addiction this one does a good job of portraying the life of a junkie. This book cakn supposed to be something of a cult novel about drug addiction, but I must say I don’t see the appeal. The motor cranes and the decks of the other scows tied up round about are deserted.

Apexander interesting read and I enjoy reading period pieces that take place in NYC. There are degrees of addic Let’s cut through the dread the moral authorities and sensibilities of timid readers which reacted against this book on its publication.


What I loved about this book was the narrative. Nechhi occasionally details trips into the city to score heroin, recollects his childhood in Glasgow, alexandder talks of his attempts to write a book. Return to Book Page. It has had the effect so far of increasing my depression. 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.

Many people praise the language and his power of description, which have never been what made a book great for me. Paperbackpages. He had a new girlfriend—a hooker. I would remain aware, a little pocket of coherence in the city of dreadful night.

The writing around the day-to-day junkie life and the social and psychological aspects of addition is excellent – as good as any of the writing on heroin by the usual suspects. In the top bunk the Italian was sobbing. Any journalistic enterprise needs an angle and he had one—the existential angle. Trocchi as I say was a master con artist who by this time had burned half a dozen publishers for advances but not Seaver over at Grove, who knew his man and kept him on a short leash.

There are degrees of addiction, and the physical part has nothing to do with it.