Fire: From �A Journal of Love� The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin, 1934-1938
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Fire: From �A Journal of Love� The Unexpurgated Diary of Anaïs Nin, 1934-1938

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In this “erotically charged”(Publishers Weekly) diary that picks up where Incest left off, Nin chronicles a restless search for fulfillment that leads her to New York City-”that brilliant giant toy” -then back to Paris and Henry, and eventually into the arms of a passionate new lover.
Hardcover, 448 pages
Published May 15th 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (first published January 1st 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. Wor...more
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
Lolly LKH
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
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...more
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
"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...more
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...more
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
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....more
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
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
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
Love Anais Nin! Always provocative and interesting.
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.
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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.
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.
Päivi Brink
Dear Anaïs is like a friend to me, because of the diary and because of the essays of "A Woman Speaks".
Natalie Patinella
Jun 08, 2007 Natalie Patinella rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who like to live on the wild side
If you want people to read your journal, make sure it's chock full of dangerous sexual scandals.
Eveline Chao
Pervy and fascinating and titillating. It's like porno for artsy females.
Neal Lemery
Light years ahead of her time. She remains timely today.
Susan Kimble
A dance with narcissism
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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)

Anaïs Nin was largely ignored until the 1960s. Today she is...more
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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.” 281 likes
“When does real love begin?

At first it was a fire, eclipses, short circuits, lightning and fireworks; the incense, hammocks, drugs, wines, perfumes; then spasm and honey, fever, fatigue, warmth, currents of liquid fire, feast and orgies; then dreams, visions, candlelight, flowers, pictures; then images out of the past, fairy tales, stories, then pages out of a book, a poem; then laughter, then chastity.

At what moment does the knife wound sink so deep that the flesh begins to weep with love?

At first power, power, then the wound, and love, and love and fears, and the loss of the self, and the gift, and slavery. At first I ruled, loved less; then more, then slavery. Slavery to his image, his odor, the craving, the hunger, the thirst, the obsession.”
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