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The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Volume 1 (The Diary of Anaïs Nin #1)

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This celebrated volume begins when Nin is about to publish her first book and ends when she leaves Paris for New York. Edited and with a Preface by Gunther tuhlmann; Index.
Published 1967 (first published 1966)
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What a diary! Definitely nothing like any diary I’ve ever read or written. Anais Nin is truly engaging. Each diary entry is so candid and shows her deeply introspective and artistic nature.

For the most part I’d say nothing truly remarkable happens in the diary; yet Nin is the kind of person who could turn a normal, everyday event into something magical and profound. This is a woman who really lived, who really experienced life, who aimed to fully understand human relationships, both edifying an
Dec 08, 2008 Alan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Taste shmaste. She is real. A real woman, who lead a free life. The fashion of hating her is as lame as the knee-jerk love of Wilco. It is like putting on a pair of Ugg boots in the city. Though there is certainly plausible cause for doing so (snow), it is generally a blind and embarrassing act of striving. There are several more nuanced alternatives to her, yes. And certainly, there are legitimate reasons to dislike her (her appetite for such words as "ensorcellment" and "elixers" being among t ...more
Jun 27, 2008 Anna rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a pulse
Annnnnnaaaaaaiiiiiiisssss (pronounce Anna!!-eeeeeees)

Dear Anais,
So far I have read Volumes 1 and 2 of your diary, Henry & June and that diminutive book of racy short stories, Little Birds. I ordered 11 more of your works online (used) and am compiling a library that will contain everything you've ever written, and then expand to include the books of authors you mention reading in your diary and/or befriended in life.

I guess it's no secret - I love you Anais. Because of you I started writing
Feb 01, 2015 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Diary Thrill seekers
Recommended to Cheryl by: Rowena
I have always believed in Andre Breton’s freedom, to write as one thinks, in the order and disorder in which one feels and thinks, to follow sensations and absurd correlations of events and images, to trust to the new realms they lead one into.

I have always believed in a writer’s choice to write about the mundane affairs of life, and by so doing, turn it inward out, so that the reader sees the world through her mirror. After all, the greatest tool available to a biographer, are the letters of
Jun 07, 2007 Kecia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone who keeps a journal
Shelves: life_stories, france
I am not certain exactly what I found so compelling about this book but it sucked me right in. It is very dense but I could not put it down and breezed thru it in about a week. There were times when I wanted to yell at Anais to not be so full of herself...but then I remember this is a journal...she's supposed to write her innermost secrets here. I will never think about journaling the same way again.

Spring day: Walking home from the market with the weeks's greens tucked in my canvas bag I stoppe
Sep 19, 2007 Emily rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I feel kind of cheated. I'm fascinated with Nin's writing and ideas. I'm interested in her work. I can forgive the solipsism of the diary, since it is, after all, a diary. But I read this collection of writing feeling like I was getting only half the story. Because of legal constraints, the book has been so heavily edited that it makes literally no mention of the man who was her husband for this entire period. Not only does it make for jarring reading (you find yourself reading a gutwrenching mi ...more
Rosa Ramôa
May 25, 2014 Rosa Ramôa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Eu sou uma pessoa excitável que só entende vida liricamente, musicalmente, em quem sentimentos são muito mais fortes que a razão. Eu estou tão sedenta para o maravilhoso que só o maravilhoso tem poder sobre mim. Qualquer coisa que eu não possa transformar em algo maravilhoso, eu deixo ir. Realidade não me impressiona. Eu só acredito em intoxicação, em êxtase, e quando vida ordinária me algemar, eu escapo, de uma maneira ou de outra. Nenhum muro mais."(Anais Nin)

Mar 18, 2007 Elizabeth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Literary Types
It took me about six months to wade through this book; I finally finished the last 20 painstaking pages this week.

I had to digest the book in small chunks, which was a surprise since I enjoyed reading her "Early Diaries." In her previous books she was youthful, hopeful and full of experimentation. This time I felt that her personality was more fixed and that her appetite for new experiences seemed cold and calculating.

Nin relentlessly persues the new and different. The entries were so visceral
Sep 01, 2007 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the independently wealthy artist
Shelves: shelved
I had to stop reading this book, though i did thoroughly enjoy Nin's lengthy ruminations about life and its general contents. It was not helping me take the giant leap of faith necessary to live my artist life. The woman never had to have a job, all she did was roam around doing things she wanted to do all the time, then writing up beautiful philosophical commentary. Certainly not helpful in boosting my morale as I'm leaping off a cliff, living more like Henry.
Jan 05, 2009 Danielle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It's her diary. It's all about her. Get over it.
Aug 24, 2015 Sara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anaïs Nin, ovvero l’eterna lotta tra l’affermazione della donna e quella dell’artista. Pare che la natura umana non accetti la convivenza di entrambe in un unico corpo, mentre l’uomo nasce già un po’ artista di per sé, in modo quasi fanciullesco, e non ha mai bisogno di diventare un uomo veramente. Tutto quello di cui ha bisogno è una donna pronta a soddisfare ogni suo bisogno. E la scelta del ruolo della donna coincide necessariamente con quello di madre, per una molteplicità di forme diverse d ...more
Jul 25, 2007 Leilani rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
what insight! this woman was my hero until i read the excerpt:

man can never know the loneliness a woman knows. man lies in the woman's womb only to gather strength, he nourishes himself from this fusion, and then he rises and goes into the world, into his work, into battle, into art. he is not lonely. he is busy. the memory of the swim in amniotic fluid gives him energy, completion. woman may be busy too, but she feels empty. sensuality for her is not only a wave of pleasure in which she is bath
Emily Gallagher
Sep 03, 2007 Emily Gallagher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is best to read this while sitting in Les Deux Magots in Paris, sipping coffee, and watching the world go by.
Feb 28, 2009 Melanie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
i like these much more than her novels. a beautiful woman. i love her notes about dreams. and one of my favorite quotes: "Anxiety is a woman screaming without a voice," paraphrased because my memory is terrible. ok i'm just going to list some quotes: "But this woman, who could undress at the request of any man, make love with anyone, go to orgies, act as a call girl in a professional house, this Beth told me she found it actually difficult to talk about sex!"
"Far below a rather pale nature, a s
Dec 11, 2008 Ciara rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: diarists, anais nin obsessives, henry miller obsessives, people who like reading diaries
i bought these books years ago & didn't get around to reading them until the summer of 2007. i mean, i bought them like five years before that & just couldn't get into them. anais nin kept a journal for pretty much her entire life, ever since she emigrated to the united states originally when she was eleven years old. her diary was her life's work, according to her, her publishers, her peers, etc. she actually let her friends read her diaries & sent excerpts around for publication ev ...more
Feb 21, 2012 Janet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was my introduction to the work of Anais Nin--the very first volume that fell into my adolescent hands. Anais, with her house in the suburbs of Paris in which every room was painted a different color, and she lived with her husband, and met a man named Henry Miller. In which she investigated the possibility of being a woman writer, of writing things that she knew as a woman, a voice which she had not yet seen in print, completely subjective, Piscean, mutable, veiled.

the unexpurgated diarie
Sep 02, 2015 Marianne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This woman fascinates me, in all her exotic beauty.
Sep 16, 2011 Michal rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anais Nin was a sensitive writer who truly understood that all life is art. I am mezmerized my her descriptions and radical insights. I would have loved to have known her.
Sally  Al Haq
Anaïs Nin has a passionate shocking life.. and I do like her writings & life! she was Honest! and INSPIRING.
Apr 14, 2014 Crystal rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Anais Nin is absolutely the most fascinating woman I've ever come across. She dazzles intellectuals, has affairs with poets, and becomes psychoanalyst's savior. Nothing about her life was ordinary because she was determined to live, live, live in a big way. And her diary is filled with so much truth. Portraits of people stripped of idealism. Of herself, as well. She describes life as though it is made of poetry and beauty, even its problems. I drank in her every word because I related to her sin ...more
Not because I don't like Nin's writing style or her perspective, but there seemed like there was just something a little off in the editing that jumped from one thing to another a little too much, or wouldn't fully explain what was going on. Anais Nin is still definitely on my to read list, but it was a bit difficult as a newbie to see how everything was going to come together.

This was also part of a series of books on diaries, diary keeping, and actual diaries that I read, and was the most his
D. Thrush
Jun 12, 2015 D. Thrush rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anias Nin writes beautifully. There may be omissions or bending of truth, but her words will take you on a mesmerizing journey. Her journal is a bit meandering and teasing and, at times, I longed for more details. But there is no doubt that she is a great writer. She writes poetically, finding the words when other writers may falter. She’s an inspiration and fascination. It’s difficult not to fall under her spell and crave more. She was a true free spirit and followed her muse. The facts hardly ...more
May 01, 2015 Daniela rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir-or-diary
Reading this was a bit like eating a bag of chips - the first few handfuls taste really good, but after a while every bite is more of the same, and with growing horror you realize that you won't be able to stop until you have licked every last salty crumble out of the corners of the bag, hoping that no one is looking.

It seems most people either love or loathe Anais Nin. At the end of the 350 pages I feel more ambivalent about her than ever before. She was certainly a fascinating character with a
I used to sit in coffee shops with my friends while living in Berkeley in the 70s. I often brought on this book along with me to read as I found journal writing fascinating and her life most fascinating. I got as far as finishing volume 2 before finally becoming bored.
Apr 15, 2015 Mowey rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anais Nin. unconventional storyteller. she doesn’t give out just details. she offers the psyches. she gets past the surface. goes deep. she feeds you with analyses. in the end, you are corroborating with her. in her dream states which she makes lucid for all of us spectators. the dream states her reality. with her fantastic acquaintances. in her wild and homely landscapes. all in the name of a full and rich life.

i have to remind myself that this is a memoir. that there existed a moment in time w
Krystal Michele
Mar 05, 2016 Krystal Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
Whether you have a poetic or an analytic heart, whether you are a writer or a wallflower, bisexual, straight, or a bit of everything, there’s something important to take from these journals. Anaïs is enchanting, not just as a writer.
May 31, 2015 Nimrodel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Absolutely great, I love Anaïs, her personality, her view of the world, her constant struggle with her father. 4 stars only because I hated the parts dealing with psychoanalysis.
Aric Cushing
One of my favorites. Nin can write about a tired old piece of toast and make it beautiful. Seeing history through her lens IS magic.
Sep 12, 2007 Lindsay rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: other anais fans
Shelves: non-fiction
So many tiny truths and intricate details. Anais Nin is such a beautiful writer, and her outlook on the world is a fascinating read.
Even as a single mother and high school drop-out I continued my weekly trips to the library and, although more than a little adrift, continued reading authors whose names I couldn't pronounce while absorbing ideas I could hardly discuss with my customers during happy hour. I remember the exact day I brought home "The Diary of Anais Nin." What a treasure I had discovered! I thought I had never found anything so powerful and didn't understand why this extraordinary woman wasn't really famous; imag ...more
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French-born novelist, passionate eroticist and short story writer, who gained international fame with her journals. Spanning the years from 1931 to 1974, they give an account of one woman's voyage of self-discovery. "It's all right for a woman to be, above all, human. I am a woman first of all." (from The Diary of Anaïs Nin, vol. I, 1966)

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The Diary of Anaïs Nin (7 books)
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  • The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 3: 1939-1944
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