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Tropic of Capricorn

3.85 of 5 stars 3.85  ·  rating details  ·  11,289 ratings  ·  417 reviews
Banned in America for almost 30 years because of its explicit sexual content, this companion volume to Miller's Tropic of Cancer chronicles his life in 1920s New York City. Famous for its frank portrayal of life in Brooklyn's ethnic neighborhoods & Miller's outrageous sexual exploits, Tropic of Capricorn is now considered a cornerstone of modern literature.
Kindle Edition, 352 pages
Published March 15th 2008 by Olympia Press (first published 1938)
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Jeffrey Keeten
I am so thoroughly healthy and empty. No dreams, no desires. I am like the luscious deceptive fruit which hangs on the Californian trees. One more ray of sun and I will be rotten.

Henry Miller

The first thing, if you are lucky, that you discover about Henry Miller is that you shouldn't introduce him to your wife, your sister, your mother or any other female that you care to leave unsullied. He is like a bloodhound once he catches the scent of a female that he has not had carnal knowledge with. It
Mr. Miller, I'm afraid I'm going to have to call shenanigans on this one. The blurb on the back of your book describes it as a "cornerstone of modern literature." I respectfully disagree, Mr. Miller, for I think your book is complete bullshit.

Now, you almost had me at the beginning. You know, that part where you were talking about that job you had where you hired and fired people all day long. I could get that. I found it amusing. And later, where you banged your buddy's sister in the vestibule
All throughout this book I was thinking about one thing: when was Cancer and when was Capricorn written. First one was published in 1934, and the second in 1938. Four years made this huge progression – Miller really evolved as a writer, he became more concentrated and maybe a bit humbler. He is still unconventional, but although he's a mad man (I even felt sorry for him, which I think he would hate the most), I've found so much mellowness, wisdom and truth in his words that I found myself having ...more
Wael Mahmoud
Although this novel less famous than tropic of Cancer - for example 8,174 ratings, 309 reviews against 26,082 ratings, 1,465 reviews in goodreads - But it's the better one.

When i read Tropic of Cancer i were prepared to all the beauty in it, I read it many years ago translated into Arabic, read many articles about it, But with Tropic of Capricorn - as i thought that Miller is a one work artist - it was like an aesthetic shock. Again the beautiful language, again the charming prose, I'm ready now
...and Cancer is separated from Capricorn only by an imaginary line.


Henry Miller’s second book is a strange and sometimes bewildering but often exhilarating exploration of his early years, before heading to Paris. He pays homage to Dadaism and Surrealism, but not as influences so much as discoveries after-the-fact; discoveries of like-minds who he never knew existed until he was already like-minded.

The narrative is dense, compacted, sometimes a single paragraph will extend over several pages, an
I read the first few was boring....then I skipped chapters hoping he would get more interesting..he didn't....kept was still boring...towards the end...he is pathetically sentimental, self-indulgent and boring...

I think it is because he was mooching off his wife while trying to shag someone else's wives in order to mooch off them too...and too much mooching off the labours of women while being an annoying left bank Parisian bum, made him go "cunt, cunt, cunt" a lot...

cunt cunt cunt.

I hate this book. I love this book. At moments I'm completely swept away or disgusted. Lost in a bleakness and shaking my head in pity for Henry. At times his existence is loathsome like a bad acid trip. Other times it's over the top sexy. Juices tumbling out of groins. I feel like I'm in between those loins.
Dolly Delightly
It is no mean feat to take-away from a book an erudition. Reading Henry Miller’s work schooled me into realising that there really is “only one great adventure and that is inward towards the self”. And, more importantly that inveterate boozing and smoking, carousing, quixotic philandering and riding life out “on the wind of the wing of madness” like one has “iron in the backbone and sulphur in the blood” is elementary in the success of that adventure; and the manumitting of oneself from the ne p ...more
Henry Miller is mad. I’m not sure anymore that he’s mad in a good way. This book was more ranting and raving of a genius writer, but if you take it personally it can appall or depress you. I didn’t think it was as good as Tropic of Cancer. That book was a constant high for me, but this one faltered at many places and at times bored me. But boredom doesn’t last longer than a page or two when reading this book. Something really good will take you out of it and keep you out of it for a good while.

Miller is either a sheer genius or a madman; perhaps both. This is the companion work to Tropic of Cancer, and actually predates it in chronological time line.

Miller exhibits an extra-ordinary ego, an inability to focus on much anything beyond sex and money both of which he seems to feel entitled, without commitment. There is certainly a bit of the pedagog in him, and he displays it often and distractingly.

I read these two works because they are considered benchmark works in American Literature
This was the first Henry Miller book I ever read, and until I read The Rosy Crucifixion, I considered it his best. Most readers and critics seem to focus on the sexual aspects of Miller's work, or else the profanity, or that his work was autobiographical, and they tend to say that his work isn't relevant to a 21st Century audience. I disagree; while his language might be more suited to an audience from an earlier time, and his cynicism and sexual explicitness might put readers off (personally, I ...more
Karen Cockerill
In the contraversal debates on Fifty Shades of Grey this was one of the books suggested as being a better read. So I thought I'd try it. I'm almost halfway through the book after much skim reading - for me on the negativity of life - I'm ready to throw the towel in and move onto a more pleasant book.

Lynne King
Seeing Jeffrey's excellent review reminded me how much I admired some of Miller's works, especially his letters to Lawrence Durrell and the Colossus of Maroussi.
Zoey Heath
Racist. Sexist. Let's move on.
أحمد شاكر
ومع أني لم أنتهي من الكتاب، إلا أني أجدني مدفوعا برغبة غامضة للكتابة. مع العلم أني لم أقرر بعد هل سأكمله أم لا..
بالأمس، كنت في حالة من عدم الاتزان؛ حالة ذهنية ونفسية شديدة السوء، لم تداهمني من قبل، ربما الاكتئاب هو السبب. المهم وأنا في تلك الحالة، وبينما أجوب شوارع وسط البلد مع صديقة لي، ضاع الكتاب. نعم ضا ع مدار الجدي في مكان ما. سأحكي لكم: صليت الظهر في زاوية صغيرة، ثم قابلت صديقتي. سألتني: كتاب جديد؟ قلت: لا. قديم، لكني أقرأ فيه. هنري يلهمني وأنا أكتب. كلمتها عن أهمية الكتاب، ثم ذهبنا وتناولن
Ioannis Savvas
Ένα καταιγιστικό βιβλίο, αλλόκοτο, χωρίς πλοκή, χωρίς ειρμό. Χειμαρρώδες, όμορφο, κολασμένο, ονειρικό, χλευαστικό, ανήθικο, διδακτικό. Ο Μίλερ είναι ένας άξιος εκπρόσωπος του υπερρεαλισμού. Αν και έχει γνωρίσει τον ντανταϊσμό, δεν τον ενστερνίζεται. Ακροβατεί ανάμεσα στο παραλήρημα και τη φτηνή αυτοβιογραφία. Φτύνει το κατεστημένο, την πραγματικότητα. Ταυτόχρονα ζει την πραγματικότητα, το τώρα, ως το μεδούλι. Υμνεί τη γυναίκα και τις ωοθήκες της, την ίδια στιγμή που τη φοβάται και τη λατρεύει σα ...more
Eva Luna
Everything was for tomorrow, but tomorrow never came. The present was only a bridge and on this bridge they are still groaning, as the world groans, and not one idiot ever thinks of blowing up the bridge.

Actually haven't picked this up again. I was enticed by the idea of reading about his life in America, pre-European days, after reading about him in Anais Nin's first diaries. However, the first chapter was one big whine-fest, full of pity and non-belief in the goodness of the human spirit. He w
هذه إحدى روايات الكاتب هنري ميللر؛ التي مُنعت في الولايات المتحدة؛ لأكثر من ثلاثين سنة؛ بسبب ما قيل عن احتوائها على ألفاظ خادشة للحياء.... لمن قرأ مدار السرطان؛ لنفس المؤلف؛ يجد أن هناك تقارب في بعض العبارات؛ ووصف لثقافة العاهرات، إلا أن مدار السرطان؛ كان غالبها سرد لرواية؛ وتحتوي على بعض الفلسفة... إلا أن رواية مدار الججدي؛ يغلب عليها الطابع الفلسفي؛ حتى كاد تمل من القراءة؛ لثقل العبارات، ومفاهيمها على العقول... لكنها في الأخير وصف لأمريكا النصف الأول من القرن العشرين، وما تحويه من ثقافات؛ مختل ...more
I suppose I should preface this review with a warning. This is an explicit book. This book has full of sex. And this book has no plot.

Ten years ago, when I was a senior in high school, I read Henry Miller's Tropic of Cancer. It opened my eyes. It was the first book that I read that had no plot at all, and I was looking for a story in the book, and yet there were none. It was just a three-hundred page rant about the traipsing of the author. I liked it.

This time, I read Tropic of Capricorn, ten ye
Sanabel Atya

American Beauty رواية السيد هنري تُذكرني بفيلم من إنتاج هوليوود اسمه
كلاهما يهدف لإزالة القشرة الخارجية المُحيطة بالمجتمع الأمريكي،والتي تمنح هذا المجتمع صورة لامعة لبقية العالم.. هدفهما فضح المجتمع الأمريكي،، فضح اللاإنسانية والبعد اللاأخلاقي في المجتمع الأمريكي. صورة مغايرة تماماً عما نراه في السينما الأمريكية.

أراه قد عرّج على المجتمع الأمريكي منذ نشأته "المضروبة أساساً" حتى يوم كتابة كتابه هذا.
فأولاً، هو مجتمع لص..اعتمد السرقة في بناء ذاته لأعوامٍ طويلة جداً لقرون!
ثانياً، لم يحترم الآخر.. رأ
Michael Hilde
Dec 06, 2012 Michael Hilde rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers of D.H. Lawrence
Many books have the sort of impact that changes your life at the time you read them, but only a few impart that very special feeling of knowing that a book is changing your life as it is doing so. Most books change us as a gradual rippling effect that travels through our lives. Even the most banal, pulpy fiction has the capability to alter your autonomic and subconscious perspective on the world. But when a book comes through with a voice powerful enough to change your life as you are reading it ...more
Brent Legault
Jan 10, 2008 Brent Legault rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: the arrogant, the sexually naive
Should have been banned for its banality rather than its sexual content. I recently reread the first page and counted five cliches.* I'd've found more had I the strength to continue. Miller had pluck, sure, and ballsful of bravado. But talent? I might've wanted to drink with him in some Dijon bordello, listen to one or two of his stories outloud (his novels certainly read like they were dictated) but his written words are weak and watery. Of course, he couldn't see that, blinded as he was by his ...more
Nicholas Moryl
Worse than Tropic of Cancer. Vulgar for the sake of being vulgar, and no compelling plot, characters, themes--in short, nothing that warrants literary merit.

Tropic of Capricorn, along with Tropic of Cancer, may have been groundbreaking at the time, but without the historical context they're just crude, misogynistic, violent, and ugly. When it is not that, it is boring to the point of punishment. Miller writes like a stoned undergrad, contemplating his place in the universe through endless obliq
His clarity of vision is at times startling. I can imagine there being two camps when it comes to Henry Miller, those who find his accepting and passive (in a sense) attitude amoral, and those who find it enlightened and at times profound. I fall into the latter camp. Maybe if choosing a world without evil was possible it would be the best choice, maybe not. Maybe our concept of evil has become too cartoonish and overly simplified and life comes in shades. Shades and shadows in which strange cru ...more
Disappointing. I was in my youth a great fan of Miller. Still regard the Rosy Crucifixion as, in my memory, a masterpiece. But my attempts to reread Miller now are foundering.
Shalyn Pineda
I couldn't finish it. Henry Miller is such a douche nozzle.
Julie Rylie
Everything I ever said about Henry Miller is NOT true. I was a senseless child when I read The Tropic of Cancer and I thought he was a machist and so on and you know what? I want to read the freaking Tropic of Cancer again! And now I sole it so I have to buy it again! damn youuuuuuu. But I had the book in Portuguese though and I want to read it in English, so it was not so bad after all.

Anyway, it was one of the happy moments of 2014: recognizing that Henry Miller is an intelligent, sensitive h
Mar 23, 2010 Ross rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone with a soul
Reading this again 10 years after the first read - I couldn't ask for anything more. I could never identify with Cancer, mainly because of the Paris setting but also the idea that he had already jumped the precipice at that point. Here is before he left New York, in the depth of his confusion and trying to find a way to transcend it but always just digging himself further in - cut this with his childhood references and you have a document of not only what brooklyn and the city once was, but surp ...more
Will Ridenour
Jun 17, 2008 Will Ridenour rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: non fiction lovers
This is his (Miller's) second novel but instead of continuing his accounts of Europe and making any kind of saga extending from Tropic of Cancer, he puts it in reverse and gives a retrospective of life in New York city, both his formative years in Brooklyn and the years he worked a grueling job at a Telegraph company as a hiring clerk in Manhattan. Like Cancer it's full of sex and food(both two of his favorite subjects) but the overall dialogue with his characters is more compelling and seems (s ...more
Mai Muhammad
"أشدّ ما أزعجني هو أنّني في أوّل مرّة أحمرّ فيها وجهي، ظنّ الناس كالمعتاد أنّي ولد طيّب، ولطيف و كريم، ومخلص ووفيّ. وربّما كنتُ أتحلّى بتلك الخصال الحميدة.. فإذا كان هذا ما حدث فعلاً فلأنّني كنتُ لا مبالياً .. كان في استطاعتي أن أكون طيّباً ولطيفاً وكريماً ومخلصاً وما إلى ذلك، لأنّني كنت متحرّرا من الحسد؛ كان الحسد هو الشيء الوحيد الذي لم أقع ضحيّة له. لم أحسد أيّ إنسان أو أيّ شيء بل على العكس، لم أضمر إلّا الشفقة على كلّ إنسان وكلّ شيء.
لا بدّ أنني، وطّنت نفسي منذ البداية على ألّا أحتاج إلى أيّ
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Henry Miller sought to reestablish the freedom to live without the conventional restraints of civilization. His books are potpourris of sexual description, quasi-philosophical speculation, reflection on literature and society, surrealistic imaginings, and autobiographical incident.

After living in Paris in the 1930s, he returned to the United States and settled in Big Sur, Calif. Miller's first tw
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“I found that what I had desired all my life was not to live - if what others are doing is called living - but to express myself.” 64 likes
“I wanted a metamorphosis, a change to fish, to leviathan, to destroyer. I wanted the earth to open up, to swallow everything in one engulfing yawn. I wanted to see the city buried fathoms deep in the bosom of the sea. I wanted to sit in a cave and read by candlelight. I wanted that eye extinguished so that I might have a chance to know my own body, my own desires. I wanted to be alone for a thousand years in order to reflect on what I had seen and heard - and in order to forget.” 40 likes
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