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The Early Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 3: 1923-1927 (The Early Diary of Anaïs Nin #3)

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A bridge between the early life of Nin and the first volume of her Diary. In pages more candid than in the preceding diaries, Nin tells how she exorcised the obsession that threatened her marriage and nearly drove her to suicide. Editor's Note by Rupert Pole; Preface by Joaquin Nin-Culmell; Index; photographs.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published March 22nd 1985 by Mariner Books (first published 1983)
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At the beginning of this volume, Nin is 20 years old and newly married to Hugh Guiler. Because of Hugh's career the couple decides to move to Paris in 1924 where Nin would spend the next 10 or so years of her life.

The first half of this volume was hard to get through. Nin complains a lot about Paris - the dirt, the vulgarity, the rawness. She tries to be the perfect wife, and a lot of entries are gushings over her husband, how perfect he is, how much they are in love etc. It is hard to believe
In this book Anaïs Nin is a young married woman, but she is also a budding artist. She and Hugo married just after her 20th birthday, and she struggles with the push and pull every young couple struggles with. She and Hugo, or Hugh as she calls him in this book more often, perhaps a sign of increased maturity, decide to leave New York for Paris.

She discovers that, despite the fact she has origins there, A.N. despises Paris. She finds it dirty and stifling. She doesn't like what it does to her an
A more succinct read than Vol. 2 with more emotional impact. Nin has grown up (or at least is working towards that, depending on your POV), and it's here that things start to get really interesting. Several events and decisions that play major roles later in her life are set up in these pages, like the gun introduced in the first act that will, of course, go off in the third. Nin's journals, although not technically a linear story, are as plot-driven as any real woman's journal could possibly be ...more
A subtle change takes over Anaïs's writing in this volume of her Diaries as she moves from New York to Paris. She also moves from being a single girl to a married woman with an awakening to who she is, what she needs and how she's going to live her own life. Before she lived for others, and while this is still the case, it's interesting to watch her eyes open and her awareness deepen with regard to the art that her life is. While reading her words in this volume, one is cognizant that Anaïs is n ...more
Sonia Reppe
This is what she wrote about journal writing: "It must be a free running of the faculties, a restful abandonment, a strengthening reiteration, a satisfying outflow of emotions, self-confession, self-critism, self-blame, a retention of beautiful things, of inspiring things and of knowledge, a following and unveiling of ideas, a development of philosophies, an exhortation to the fulfillment of individual perfection, a reminder of the clearer and higher moments in the intellectual life and of the k ...more
Laura Beth
Probably the easiest so far to read. As per the other early diaries, there isn't really a story, rather Anais's musings about art, writing, and in this volume, being a new wife. My interest has continued and I keep my goal of reading all volumes of her diary at some point!
A very young and conservative Anais exploring what it means to be married and alone in Paris. A different kind of Anais that what fans are used to.
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I love her journaling style and her story telling, very earnest and very different from her later erotic work.
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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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