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Deze roman is gebaseerd op de Parijse dagboeken van Anaïs Nin en beschrijft een belangrijk jaar in haar leven, van eind 1931 tot eind 1932. In die tijd leert ze Henry Miller en zijn vrouw June kennen. Nin viel voor Henry’s proza en raakte geobsedeerd door de schoonheid van June. Maar algauw nadat June naar New York was vertrokken, begon ze een stormachtige affaire met Henr...more
Mass Market Paperback, Ooievaar Pockethouse vijfde druk, 252 pages
Published 1995 by Prometheus en Bert Bakker (first published 1986)
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Teresa Jusino
How does one review published diaries? According to literary merit? Though Anais Nin is a beautiful, insightful writer, I feel strange talking about her "writing style" when discussing a section of her journal. What I will talk about instead is the way that books often come into your life at a time when you need them. It happened to me once with 1984 (when I needed to crystalize exactly why writing was so important to me), then again with Everything is Illuminated (when I needed to be encouraged...more
Kelly
Henry and June is the type of journal that makes me want to highlight passage after passage...since journals so often have the types of personal reflections that are hard to achieve in pure fiction.

I did get bored with it fast, though. Maybe because after the first few instances of lust, jealousy, psychoanalysis, and then more lust, jealousy, and psychoanalysis, it was pretty much the same events and observations repeating themselves in different forms. But then again, journals aren’t supposed...more
Samir Rawas Sarayji
Oh wow, what a tale this one is and what an amazing personality Anaïs Nin is. The writing is beautiful and her observations and descriptions are top notch. The only reason this gets 4 stars is due to the amount of repetition in the book. I know that this could be construed as unfair since its a diary and this is probably the way events occurred, but it did get tiring after a while.
Lis
While reading this I was thinking that Anais is a narcissistic bitch, which I don't really necessarily hold against her. I'm sure it makes reading her journals more interesting than it would be otherwise. On one hand she comes off as so egotistical, spending the majority of her pages on how wonderful other people think she is. "Oh, you are so beautiful... you are so wonderful... I love you more than I could ever love another woman... you are everything to me..." So on and so forth. On the other...more
Rachel
Having first read this book at the age of 22, I have to say that my perspective on it 7 years later is dramatically different. I did not experience the profound liberation that I did when reading Henry & June the second time around. I once considered Nin to be a strong, sexually heroic figure, but now my opinion is that, during this time of her life, she was mostly confused, self-destructive and pawned her behavior off on the idea of naivity. Don't get me wrong, I feel that the love she expe...more
Kris Kipling
Is Anais Nin a good writer? Ought we take her seriously? Apparently some do, but the description on the back of the Penguin edition about sums this book, culled from the "unexpurgated" diaries of Ms. Nin during the period in which writer Henry Miller and his wife June Masefield figure large on her horizon: it is a "compelling account of a woman's sexual and emotional awakening." If you don't groan at that charmless phrase, variations of which are so thoughtlessly used to describe any risque tome...more
Loederkoningin
It seems almost vulgar to hand out stars to a published journal, especially Nin's.
As tends to be the case with journals; you cannot ever get enough of indulging in your own thoughts, dreams, fears and daily struggles for as long as you live. While your self-absorbed musings are, harshly enough, far less interesting for everyone else.

Nin wrote dozens of journals. Henry and June covers the ones in which she, in her early thirties, lived outside of Paris with her husband, Hugo, and felt unsatisfi...more
Kelly


I've read "Delta of Venus" and "Little Birds", which I enjoyed, but until I read this I had not realized what an incredible writer Nin is. I also thought it was really interesting to see Henry Miller through her eyes... I have read Miller's "Tropic of Cancer", which i really enjoyed, which is very harsh and honest, but this sort of gives you a different perspective of him. I truly think she is a brilliant writer and am looking forward to reading more of her work.
Peggy
Through Nin's writing and life she explored the depths of sexuality and passion. Her diaries show that she identified and befriended many writers and artists before they became well-known. She wrote eloquently about the struggle to create in a society where that was not valued, and especially not for women. Her life view was twisted, I have no doubt of that, but her writing takes my breath away at times. She was also a pioneer in the self-publishing "little press" industry when she could not fin...more
Marissa
May 30, 2007 Marissa added it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: bohemians everywhere
What have I learned from Henry and June? I have learned that if I am going to have a flaming affair with Henry Miller, to avoid the crap out of his narcissistic, borderline-personality wife June. But that would be a fairly boring diary. After all, what's a diary about 30s Paris without a highly charged emotional and sexual menage?

28 year old Anais Nin yearns for creative and sexual awakening. Her eight year marriage to Hugo Gullier has become stale. Enter, Henry Miller, stage left. Henry is cru...more
Hannah
Holy. Crap. For lack of better words.

This book took me (what?) three months to finish? Maybe more? It all muddled together in one mess of hot emotions...and after having finished it just a moment ago, the only time between being me turning on the computer in a flustered rush and logging in. And I'm shocked I finished it even that quickly. I felt possessed in reading this, dominated and entirely taken over in Anaïs Nin and her life...a life which is certainly unlike others, to say the least.

Throu...more
Marcie
I love this book more than I can say. I read the entire book from cover to cover in my early twenties and recently have been slowly going back through it with a pencil (something I've never dared do to a book before).

It's not a book for everybody and I can totally understand why many people don't enjoy it. I certainly don't agree with everything Anais says or does, she definitely wallows in self-pity and self-righteousness, and she is frequently a walking contradiction to herself, but it is a jo...more
Carmo Santos
O mundo de Anais Nin é um mundo de fantasia, sensualidade e erotismo.
Anais era uma figura frágil, física e psicologicamente. Carregava a sombra do abandono do pai, e isso perseguiu-a toda a vida. Procurava a figura paterna em homens mais velhos que a fizessem sentir-se amada e protegida.
Anais era insegura, não se sentia atraente aos olhos dos homens, mas sentia uma enorme curiosidade por novas experiencias sexuais. Quando conheceu Henry e June, foi por esta que sentiu uma forte atração. Quando J...more
Molly
Nov 12, 2012 Molly rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Molly by: Book club - Abby
Dear Anaïs,
You think too much. You need to act your age. Get a job. Honor your marriage vows or get a divorce.
You're like a teenager with a tattered, doodled spiral-bound notebook and a Starbucks prepaid account app.
Or like one of our modern day hipsters, a trustafarian thinking you're so edgy in your ragged velvet dress with the holes in the elbows, going against convention in dive cafés and being bicurious with the friend du jour.
You're not deep. Or avant-garde. You're just self-indulgen...more
Kent
Jun 15, 2007 Kent rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: artists and desperate suburbanites
Think Madame Bovary without the rat poison. In the early 1930's - well before the heyday of the women's movement, Anais Nin could have listened to society's dictates of what a woman should do with her life. Instead, she lived fully on her terms. A sensualist, a feminist, a lifelong diarist; life and art always in concert. If the literal truth in her writing is, at times, questionable - as it is in most works of art - one truly knows that the opening paragraph of "Henry and June," an early diary,...more
rachel
At the end of the book, Nin wonders something to the effect of whether or not she, Henry, and June are just three giant egos fighting each other for dominance. Although that's simplifying things, my annoyance with this book/her as a person in it was so great that I am tempted to say, "Yes, that's exactly it, good work Anaïs!"

It's a diary, so I shouldn't complain too much, but her vacillations of feeling every ten pages, only to arrive at the same feelings she had before she started to question...more
Cheryl
As Socrates said, KNOW (all of) THYSELF...Anais Nin was one of the first women to explore female sexuality. I think it's safe to say that all have benefited from her insights!

Highest Recommendation! FAVORITE

Kata
Anais Nin has been an idol of mine for a long time. There are few women of literary stature which I find relatable. As a young reader I cherished Judy Bloom. As an adult woman, I was thrilled to read Anais Nin. Intelligent, witty and sexually provocative.

I admire her supreme linguistic talent. Her writing, in whtever form, always maintains a powerful poetic lexicon. She made love most fervently when she held the pen in her hand. This excerpt from her personal journal is so very intimate, flux w...more
Sabra Embury
Oct 06, 2009 Sabra Embury rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who like orgasming

Reading Henry and June inspired my mind to wander back to all the great hours I shared with one of my favorite lovers. He was really good. In fact, thinking about it right now makes me feel...waaaarmmm.

I'd been trying to wean myself off a chemical dependency I'd acquired--from the smell of my lover's sex sweat. I wanted be attracted to other people who were more emotionally available. So it goes. But my god if Nin's memoir didn't have me writing love letters against my own (usually)better judgme...more
Aelia
Apr 11, 2009 Aelia rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Aelia by: enot
a beautiful excuse.. the one that a woman would tell only to a journal that is meant to be read by others, by Hudo, by Henry, by Alandy, by June, by those people she is bond to, has an affair, love, an obsession, lust, craving or whatever feeling she has...

she writes simply, plainly, sometimes too simply with easy flow of short sentences. i read it with pleasure, underlined paragraphs with a pencil that would resonate to something very intimate in me.. but often getting tired and even sick of h...more
Ana
Através da sua escrita e da sua vida, Anais Nin, explorou os limites da paixão e da sexualidade.
Uma mulher que amou e sofreu demais, leva-nos numa maravilhosa viagem por um mundo de erotismo, romance, sensualidade, paixão, dramatismo, fantasia…
"Não procures os porquês - no amor não há porquês, não há razões, nem explicações…"
Stephanie
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Colin N.
"Henry and June" is composed of the the diary entries of Anais Nin during 1931-32 when she had an affair with Henry Miller and became infatuated with his wife June. Having read Henry Miller, I was interested in getting a take on him from a woman's perspective. The book is also important as a feminist work that addresses female sexuality in a time when such things were not so frankly discussed in literature.



At the risk of angering all of the other people who reviewed this book and loved it, I re...more
Sarah Rouan
"A startingly white face, burning eyes. June Mansfield, Henry's wife. As she came towards me from the darkness of my garden into the light of the doorway I saw for the first time the most beautiful woman on earth. Years ago, when I tried to imagine a pure beauty, I had created an image in my mind of just that woman. I had even imagined she would be Jewish. I knew long ago the color of her skin, her profile, her teeth.
...
Her beauty drowned me. As I sat in front of her I felt that I would do anyth...more
Paul Gleason
Henry and June is a phenomenal excerpt from Nin's diary. It's so good that it doesn't read like a diary at all; rather, its prose flows like a prose poem, a straightforward delivery of consciousness that rivals many of the writers whom she references: Proust, Lawrence, and Henry Miller himself. She's their rival and equal in every sense of the word.

When I was reading the book, I was so enraptured that Rimbaud came to mind. In other words, Nin demonstrates the same courage in exploring her sexual...more
Tim
"Henry and June" delves deepest into Anais Nin's relationship with the great American writer Henry Miller and as such is, to me, the best of Nin's "unexpurgated" diaries that mostly chronicle her many, many romantic/sexual relationships. It is here where she first meets Miller and his wife, June, and has intimate relationships with both of them as new worlds of sexuality open to Nin. Here her affair with Henry burns hottest.

Was Nin a creator or destroyer? A free, liberated and open woman or a se...more
Sara
“O meu livro e o meu diário interferem um no outro constantemente. Eu não consigo separá-los nem reconcilia-los. Sou uma traidora com ambos” – Anaïs Ninn
Mesmo não sabendo até que ponto termina a realidade e começa a fantasia, e tratando-se de uma obra composta por excertos de um diário, ou seja, de uma vida, vou optar não por dar as minhas opiniões, mas as impressões que esta obra me transmitiu, aquilo em que me fez pensar.

O livro espelha 1 ano da vida de Anaïs, de finais 1931 a finais de 1932,...more
Debby
I should have this book 9 years ago.

"Physical experiences, lacking the joys of love, depend on twists and perversions of pleasure. Abnormal pleasures kill the taste for normal ones." She later writes "The love of only one man or one woman is an enclosure." Interesting.

"Afterwords I pointed out to him how he had prevented all of us from living, how he had caused a living moment to pass him by. I was ashamed of his optimism, his trying to smooth things out. He understood. He promised to remember....more
Venessa
I just started reading this last night and can NOT put it down. It's great. It's fascinating to read of Nin's famous sexual awakening. I'm not sure I'm reading THE DIARY in order....I couldn't find the original V1 on my library's shelf, so I grabbed this one and also INCEST, both of which were expurgated from the original published in 1966 because Nin didn't want the people who she was writing about who were still alive to feel weird when the public read about their adventures. So I guess since...more
Theresa
Nov 21, 2007 Theresa rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: creative souls, passionate lovers, voyeurs
The way in which Anais Nin writes in "Henry and June" is obsessive, cyclical, repetitive, poetic, and passionate. I think that the dizzying and obsessing of the sexual and emotional aspects of her life echo the inner thoughts of many. Nin's diaries have been questioned, but the validity of the historical facts should not deter anyone from reading this incredibly intimate and self analyzing text. Clearly it is about this one woman's perception of her daily life. Her inner struggles and how they a...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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