Children Of The Albatross
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Children Of The Albatross

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Children of the Albatross is divided into two sections: 'The Sealed Room' focuses on the dancer Djuna and a set of characters, chiefly male, who surround her; 'The Cage' brings together a case of characters already familiar to Nin's readers, but it is their meeting place that is the focal point of the story.
Paperback, 182 pages
Published by Peter Owen Ltd (first published 1959)
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Adrienne
To appriciate Nin you actual have take the time absorb what you are reading. Beautifully written, this volume follows Djuna and just when you think you know all about her Nin takes you off to meet Lillian who sees Djuna in a completly different light thus throwing all you believe into a whirl.

Although the publishers encourage you to read this by flaunting it's eroticism, this volume barley hints at that side of Nins writting, it does however take you on a journey exploring mind and soul. Nin is...more
Elia
This is one of very few books where I can not sum up the line of thought. It's as if you had a private tour in the many narrators' minds, streams and journeys. I would definitely read other Nin books. The way she writes is just mesmerizing.
Rose
Felsefe, psikoloji, edebiyat, mistisizm... Anaïs Nin insanı, insanın gizli özgürlük hissini, baskılara karşı oluşturduğu duvarlarını, bunlardan doğan travmalarını, kadın-erkek ilişkilerinde kördüğüm olmuş noktaları öyle iyi gözlemlemiş ve bu dört alanla harmanlayıp eserine öyle ustaca yansıtmış ki! Uzun zamandır bu kadar iyi bir kitap okumamıştım. Adeta Alessandro Baricco'nun "Okyanus Deniz" adlı eserindeki o derinlik ve güçle aynı kıvamda. Düşünlerin, tespitlerin, hislerin derinliği edebiyatla...more
Meghan Fidler
Nin captures the delicate details of the mind, the stranglehold of memory and self, the sensuality of exposure to another.

Don't believe me? Allow me to demonstrate: a young lady, Djuna, just finishing her Ballet lesson, is followed into the dressing room by her instructor.

"She had not yet taken off the voluminous skirt of the dance, the full-blown petticoat, the tight-fitting panties, so that when he entered the dressing room it seemed like a continuation of the dance. A continuation of the danc...more
El
Djuna is the central character in this portion of the five-volume Cities of the Interior (incidentally the first of the five that I have read). The story details her adolescence and, of course, her sexual awakening. Later in life she is a source of solace by others, some of with which she has sexual encounters, others that she has helped "free". There are a lot of the same themes in this book that comes up in a lot of her writing, including her diaries, such as freedom and independence (from lov...more
Hortense
the bell was glass. I felt it drop down over my head very slowly. Everything I heard I heard through the bell of glass. Peoples' words made wave-like sounds more visual really, like the glass was old old glass. I didn't care for grammar. Lexicography left me unexpectedly cold. The piano was going eat to my fingers. I could not make sense of Scriabin's easy left hand nocturne. I asked her to tie by right hand behind my back. She kissed the fingers on my right hand but they did not feel like mine....more
Sofia Jacinto
again && again more than just reality,
it's a living dream, a virtual reality.
no rules no mistakes. to love without boundaries, to live without second thoughts and everything glows in Djuna/Nin's world.
The first part was better in my opinion, but it was a pleasure to 'hear' again about other Nin's characters. (specially Sabina and Donald and Michael!)
Nin's amazing. I can't wait to read more of her work/world.
Tripmastermonkey
i can't quite remember when i read this book, but i did get it from the anarchist bookshop (when it was still that) Flor Y Canto. total aside...

and my memory is a bit muddled, to be honest, but at the time it was a very powerful book for me because, as memory serves, it really explored the dynamics of interpersonal and romantic relationships
Erika
I absolutely loved this book. Nin's writing struck the perfect balance of poetry and prose. It's exactly what I've been looking for. This was the first of her work that I've read and it has spawned quite the interest in the rest of her work.
Daniel Burton-Rose
These interwoven portraits of acquaintances on the continuum along friend and lover powerfully evoke an ebullient scene that values creation above all else.
Daetaya
A book about growing up. About pushing limits and giving way sometimes. With the usual beauty of Anis Nin.
Nomi
Beautiful, powerful and revealing. A deft exploration of the many facets of a single woman ...
Elizabeth
This was really good. Quick and to the point, but with some fantastic descriptions and characters.
Mike
Gee, I like Anais. She's like an old, predictable, comforting friend.
Keren
Friendship and love among misfits in Paris. Interesting.
Dana
so nice i read it twice.. and jackie has it now
Larissa
My #1 by Nin
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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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“In art, in history man fights his fears, he wants to live forever, he is afraid of death, he wants to work with other men, he wants to live forever. He is like a child afraid of death. The child is afraid of death, of darkness, of solitude. Such simple fears behind all the elaborate constructions. Such simple fears as hunger for light, warmth, love. Such simple fears behind the elaborate constructions of art. Examine them all gently and quietly through the eyes of a boy. There is always a human being lonely, a human being afraid, a human being lost, a human being confused. Concealing and disguising his dependence, his needs, ashamed to say: I am a simple human being in a too vast and complex world. Because of all we have discovered about a leaf...it is still a leaf. Can we relate to a leaf, on a tree, in a park, a simple leaf: green, glistening, sun-bathed or wet, or turning white because the storm is coming. Like the savage, let us look at the leaf wet or shining with sun, or white with fear of the storm, or silvery in the fog, or listless in too great heat, or falling in autumn, dying, reborn each year anew. Learn from the leaf: simplicity. In spite of all we know about the leaf: its nerve structure phyllome cellular papilla parenchyma stomata venation. Keep a human relation -- leaf, man, woman, child. In tenderness. No matter how immense the world, how elaborate, how contradictory, there is always man, woman, child, and the leaf. Humanity makes everything warm and simple. Humanity...” 55 likes
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