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Fuoco (From a Journal of Love)

4.12  ·  Rating Details ·  767 Ratings  ·  33 Reviews
The diary which Anais Nin would eventually call Fire begins when she is newly arrived in New York City. Chronicling her unfulfilled marriage, affairs with Henry Miller and psychoanalyst Otto Rank, she confesses to her diary: "I'm awaiting a lover. I'm restless". "Erotically charged".--Publishers Weekly.
Paperback, 371 pages
Published 2002 by Bompiani (first published 1995)
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...following one's instincts alone is human, that faithfulness in love is unnatural, that morality is man-made ideology, that self-denial, which is necessary to be good, is denial of the bad natural self out of self-protection, and thus the most selfish thing of all.

Anaïs Nin (1903-1977) began her diaries at age 11 years old as a personal letter to the father who deserted her, her mother and brother. It became a necessary part of her existence, written with melodic lyricism of sex and love. Wo
Ana  Vlădescu
To try to describe Anais Nin would be much like an attempt at catching a nebulae three galaxies over, and placing it in a jar. She is essence personified, and she is so absolutely bat-shit crazy that you can't help but wonder if all of us women shouldn't be like that, in order to feel the things she has felt. She had way more than just sex in her life: she had Brancusi and Dali as friends, was the love of Henry Miller's life, was the mistress of Otto Rank, had an incestuous relationship with her ...more
Jenniferdwalker Walker
I have a love-hate relationship with Anaïs Nin, I find her an exquisite writer but her narcissism at times makes her unbearable to read. Her books are addictive though - I'm fascinated with the life she lead and the circle of friends she kept. A part of me is envious of the life she had (except for the incest part), yet at the same time she is so self-absorbed it's infuriating, however this is a diary and diaries are self-absorbed: that is the point. She has an excellent way of conveying emotion ...more
May 02, 2012 reem rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you don't want to be a whore after reading this book then I don't know what to think of you. Anaïs Nin's writing is freeing just as it is intelligent and full of life. I like diaries because they tend to be a whole lot more personal than autobiographies; there's a kindness felt after reading out someone else's private thoughts. She makes you dig deep into yourself and come up with the most rude questions regarding your life. Am I loving wrong? Am I living wrong? Are my sentiments unmatched to ...more
Lolly K Dandeneau
May 03, 2009 Lolly K Dandeneau rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Wow, more intense than I had imagined. I am nearing the end, and her encounters with Gonzalo More, wow! So much hunger and soul dancing. I can say what I find amusing about Anais and her life is as free as she seems to most people, she was imprisoned by Henry Miller. Just goes to show how toxic relationships will always be a must in the lives of most artists. Back to the is suffering and pain necessary to create great lasting art debate. Seems to be the case for the majority. Must keep in mind ...more
Aug 23, 2010 Julie rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Can't say that I'm a fan of Anais Nin. It's interesting to see how sexually liberated she was in a time period that's always portrayed as oppressed, but I found her to be self-centered. One minute she was happy, one minute she was sad. One minute she was an angel, another minute she was a devil. She saw herself as a muse to her lovers, and said that she could never harm people, but I saw a lot of harm and deception come through in her writing, as she was juggling numerous men around (sometimes s ...more
Dec 12, 2012 Amanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Well, I've gone and done it, I read the last of Anais Nin's Unexpurgated Diaries first...

A few thoughts come to the fore with regard to this book. First of all, remarkable writing. I'm not generally a fan of diary lit, but Nin's voice is sure and she doesn't bog down. Strangely, her writing seems simultaneously unselfconscious and narcissistic - a puzzle I'm sure to be thinking on for a while to come... But what a wonderful view into an fascinating life - her thoughts, emotions, actions, deceits
Kay Brandt
Intense and captivating
Oana M.
This woman is to much for me. Even if I read the whole book and all the diaries from A Journal of Love, it was quite forced. I didn't liked her way of being. She was a drama queen, even if she said about herself that she had loved all the men in her life.
She was a truly sadist with herlself. I pitty her husband - Hugo or Hugh. I don't understand her passion, dedication and mercy for her eternal lover - Henry Miller. She was giving him everything, putting aside even her career for him to find in
Jan 02, 2012 Tim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"I want to live until I crack, crack with too-muchness, until all my harem turns jealously against me, rebels, divorces me, until they all cry out with pain and joy, anger and murder, until they murder me for my betrayals."

On to 1934-37 for Nin in her continuing romantic/sexual exploits as related in her diary. She travels from Paris to America for the first part of this novel, and has a relationship (*cough*cough*) with her analyst, Dr. Otto Rank, and of course continues her romance with Henry
Oct 29, 2010 Jess rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I didn't find this one to have as insightful writing as some of her other diaries. She seems very lost and confused during this time of her life. Towards the end, during the beginning of her relationship with Gonazalo, her writing does catch fire. But the majority of this was negative, going in circles, lacking the clarity of analysis of her emotions that the other unexpurgated diaries had.

The most interesting aspect of this was her decision making process of whether to give up trying to write f
Jan 20, 2008 aya rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the first time i've read one of her diaries and noticed the lies and treachery that she inflicts on the ones she loves and that love her. She is so sure of her power to create and destruct, she tells herself she lies to each lover to protect them--she is the mother, the tormentor, the lover and the child. The lifting of the romantic veil i'd put nin under lifted, and after many unsure moments, I realized that the most important thing about her writing is that it still inspires me, it is ...more
Jan 10, 2009 Rhi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reality. When you are in the heart of a summer day as the inside of a fruit, looking down at your lacquered toenails, at the white dust on your sandals from quiet somnolenscent streets, looking at the sun expanding under your dress and between your legs, looking at the light polishing the silver bracelets and smelling the bakery odors, the petit pain au chocolat, watching the cars rolling by, filled with blonde women like the pictures in Vogue and then you see the old femme de menage with her bu ...more
Dec 09, 2007 Venessa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
28 December 2007
Nin's journal is quite a work of art, and as I've discussed with Cherie, makes mine {which I hardly ever write in anymore} seem boring and a life unlived in comparison. How she keeps up with her numerous lovers is beyond me, and why she stays with Henry Miller as well, but then again.... It amazes me to read about Pablo Neruda and C.G. Jung written by a contemporary and before they achieved the fame they will, in fact, to read about all of her many friends as they were: friends.
Sep 07, 2007 Cherie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, Anais Nin is SO delicious! Her writing is so perfectly lovely. It's like a delicate cream tart that does not overfill you but leaves you oh-so-satisfied, in the mood for loving and craving more, more, oh yes, just a tad more, because you feel so delightful. This is from her diary, her real diary--the parts that were cut out b/c they would be too harmful and hurtful. Anais Nin had SO many affairs. At times, you get frustrated with her: "Just dump Henry!" "Hugh is so good to you!" It's about h ...more
Jun 07, 2008 Sue rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It is a rare privilege to find someone as articulate about their emotional world as Anais Nin.. I was wary of Anais, at first, because of "Delta of Venus", but as a woman determined to live entirely from her feelings, her journal entries are powerful, deep and courageous. Though her life was one I would never choose to lead (oh, where to begin!) I've been deeply touched by "Fire". And woah, this woman wrote so well it's startling.
I'm about halfway through this and I'm putting this aside. For obvious reasons, depending on what's happening in her life, Anaïs Nin's diaries are sometimes exciting, sometimes like watching paint dry. Unfortunately, this chapter in her life is tending towards the latter.

I'll probably pick it up again at some point. I'm kind of an Anaïs Nin junkie.
I really used to love reading these Diaries in college. Now I find her a little too self-indulgent- I know, It's a diary and is naturally so, but she is annoying me just a little bit right now. I am excited though to get to meet her husband finally- all the other diaries she had edited him out.
Dec 31, 2012 Adrienne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Geez. I wish I had enough guys to write my honest sexual feelings like this. It's an incredible read. I found myself more emotionally invested than necessary. Although I couldn't record my romantic life like this, I'm glad I lives this lifestyle through such a brave and open woman.
Si Gonzalo est le personnage central de ce volume, la circulation sensuelle et cérébrale de Nin entre Hugh, Rank et Miller est passionnante. Anaïs Nin m'énervait un peu au début par sa psychologie faite de soubresauts - je commence à vraiment aimer cela.
Jen Grover
HOly Cow!!! not what you think of when you think of little old ladies. Can you picture your grandma telling these tales? wow!
Warning: this is not PG writing =)
Note: this was a diary and i did not read cover to cover, this was read as selections.
Jun 18, 2009 Kreh rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
this woman is amazing. it is a journal so the writing is so personal and really poetic. she talks about every feeling she has and it changes so often there is something so feminine and honest about her. adore it.
Jul 05, 2014 Alexis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Love Anais Nin! Always provocative and interesting.
Jun 26, 2013 Bárbara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Susan Kimble
Aug 11, 2011 Susan Kimble rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A dance with narcissism
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Aug 08, 2012 Päivi Brink rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Dear Anaïs is like a friend to me, because of the diary and because of the essays of "A Woman Speaks".
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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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“For you and for me the highest moment, the keenest joy, is not when our minds dominate but when we lose our minds, and you and I both lose it in the same way, through love.” 357 likes
“I'm awaiting a lover. I have to be rent and pulled apart and live according to the demons and the imagination in me. I'm restless. Things are calling me away. My hair is being pulled by the stars again.” 338 likes
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