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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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Alan
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
Rowena
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...more
Anna
Jun 27, 2008 Anna rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Kecia
Jun 07, 2007 Kecia rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Emily
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
Elizabeth
Mar 18, 2007 Elizabeth rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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...more
Danielle
It's her diary. It's all about her. Get over it.
Leilani
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...more
Rosa Ramôa
"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)

Kate
Sep 01, 2007 Kate rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Ciara
Dec 11, 2008 Ciara rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  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
Melanie
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...more
Janet
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...more
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.
Michal
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.
Emily Gallagher
It is best to read this while sitting in Les Deux Magots in Paris, sipping coffee, and watching the world go by.
Sally  Al Haq
Anaïs Nin has a passionate shocking life.. and I do like her writings & life! she was Honest! and INSPIRING.
Crystal
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
Krystal Michele
This has been such a therapeutic read for me. The fear of being unnatural has always been a great anxiety, a paralysis to my life. After discovering Anaïs, I've felt more natural than I have in many years. It’s the mark of great writers to remind us to reclaim ourselves, and here I’m inspired to recover some of the deepest, most neglected cavities of my discarded self. A tremendous relief. It’s for gems like this I read at all.

Whether you have a poetic or an analytic heart, whether you are a wr...more
Lindsay
Sep 12, 2007 Lindsay rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  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.
Willow
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
Tash
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I've only just started this...have finished chapter one but already I can see what a brilliant writer she is. She has such a way with words that makes me just want to roll around in her prose.

It took me longer to complete this book than I initially thought it would. I left this book with two very strong beliefs. First is that I love Anais'style of writing in her diaries. There are no words to describe how evocative her writing is.
The second is that the contents of this diary, al...more
Linda Sutterley
Ok, this book caused me to stop reading for awhile. Initially, I really enjoyed it, the stream of consciousness style was cool, but then, I did some additonal reading about the book and author on-line, mid-way between the book, kust because parts of the book were filled with innuendo, and I wanted to understand if I was interpreting this accurately.

As a result, I discovered, this is the edited version, the "saucy bits" were not included, and I felt very ripped off. The subject content changed ve...more
Megan Chance
This volume, at least, isn't the kind of diary that's filled with details about time and place--in this particular case, Paris in 1831-34. But in terms of character studies--of Henry and June Miller, Anais Nin's father and Nin herself, in particular, along with Nin's two therapists from this time period, and one of her brothers--this is priceless stuff. She is much more interested in the emotional landscape of her world, and the details of what's happening and when it's happening are barely touc...more
Donna
During the 70s I was in love with Henry Miller and Anais Nin. I was enthralled by their lust for life, their artistic sensibilities, the way they broke the rules and lived for their passions. I read most of Anais' diaries, couldn't get into her fiction but her diaries were amazing. She lived the artistic, intellectual life in Europe and Paris that I longed to live. I tried to create a similar life in California but it was a pale facsimile of hers and I ended up in a drug rehab. Oh well! These di...more
Avi
Anaïs Nin's writing is always so beautiful, thoughtful, and sensitive, everything is eloquently written. I think it would be easy for women to feel related to her, not just that she was fighting her neurosis, meeting a lot of influential people in her young age, and looking for the kind of love she thought had always been missing from her childhood life, but also for her frank and sincere writings about herself and people in her life that show the broadness of her mind and compassion, it makes t...more
Uttiya Roy
Dearest,
I love you, I guess there is no other way of describing this book. The reality of it all, the philosophy that encompasses it all. The femininity. Maybe June personifies the perfect woman for you, but, for me you describe that person. you are the mistress in white bathed in moonlight on the rooftop of an endless castle. You escape from my hands still, I cannot catch you. You escape and only your essence is left.
I am a fast reader but, with your diary I am terribly slow, because somewhere...more
احمد ابو عراق
ياااااااااا الله...يـــــــــــــــــــــا الله
أوّل كتاب أدبي أقرأه وأعطي له خمس نجوم ولو كان هناك ألف نجمة لأعطيها لهذا الكتاب
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_خُذي ، يا أمي ، من فضلك، إبتلعي هذا...أمي التي كانت بدون نظارتها الأنفية التي لم تكن تضعها إلا للقراءة،تميل تماماً لترى ما بالملعقة التي أمدها إليها...إنهُ تراب جمعتهُ لكِ، إنهُ نظيف تماماً ، لا تخافي ، ابتلعيه...لقد فعلتُ ذلك مِن قبل...
_ماذا تقولين؟ إنكِ مجنونة
_لا ، لقد قُلتِ لي إنني كبرت في بطنك هكذا...بإبتِلاع التراب...إبتلعيه هذا أيضاً، أرجوك إفع...more
Brittany Anne
I loved everything about this. Though she is rather vain, I am in love with how she writes, thinks, and feels. She lives in a dream-world much like my own. I think she and I would have been total kindred spirits.
Kaeleigh Forsyth
This took me a long time to read because a lot of the time after a few pages it was like, "this is like reading someone's diary" because this book is someone's diary. But hot DAMN
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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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