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Crazy Cock

3.39  ·  Rating Details  ·  1,013 Ratings  ·  54 Reviews
In 1930 Henry Miller moved from New York to Paris, leaving behind — at least temporarily — his tempestuous marriage to June Smith and a novel that had sprung from his anguish over her love affair with a mysterious woman named Jean Kronski. Begun in 1927, Crazy Cock is the story of Tony Bring, a struggling writer whose bourgeois inclinations collide with the disordered bohe ...more
Paperback, 202 pages
Published January 12th 1994 by Grove Press (first published October 9th 1991)
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Dec 24, 2009 Alex rated it liked it
I read Miller because I can...Hey Joe, guess what time it is...It's Miller Time. So douche out your cunts and trim up that puss bush. It's fucking Miller Time!
Jul 11, 2007 Christine rated it liked it
So nothing is ever going to compare with Tropic of Cancer. I'll just have to get over that. Henry Miller still writes better at his worst than, say, Dan Brown does at his best. The language of the book really shows that he had something to say but had yet to find the voice to express it in - like he was still trying to conform to what a novel "should" read like. I'm not going to scrap it because HM has enough charisma to make me read anything.
Final verdict: it's okay as a slice of 1920s bohemia
Sep 14, 2008 Zac rated it really liked it
Most of the other comments on this book seem pretty on point. Covers material that feature in his later works but in a sort of transitional style (The gold guard, rosewood neck of modern American literature...) Flashes of the later Miller brilliance are there, but the 3rd person narrative is laborious in comparison to the brilliantly serpentine 1st person used in the "tropic" books. The last 3 or 4 pages (post hemorrhoids :-) ) are purely epic, as wonderful, manic and perverse as anything he eve ...more
Aug 16, 2007 Elbereth rated it really liked it
This book is awesome. I think the thing to enjoy about Henry Miller is that he's full of crap, but a fantastic writer. I enjoy his writings much more than Hemmingway (gag me) even if according to Signore Miller he's had sex with every woman he's laid eyes on.

Not for the timid...but realize this is considered (along with Tropic of Cancer/Capricorn) to be a cornerstone of modern literature. His books were banned initially because of all the booty and obscene language.
Feb 06, 2008 Evad rated it really liked it
Henry Miller is a sad pathetic man. I want to slap the main character of this novel, who no doubt he based on himself and his own marital problems, but despite the deep annoyance I felt one thing remains immaculately clear: This man is a master of the human language. He has such an ability to describe that you have to surrender to his whiny, annoying, cuckolding characters.
jason levins
Oct 24, 2007 jason levins rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: lovers
It's no secret that Henry wrote this one early. Almost a first attempt at novel writing i hear. It is all subject and raw emotion, a portrait of love as well as a portrait of envy. Not the perfect novel, but a great look into the life of an artist in love with a woman who is in love with a woman.
Feb 23, 2008 Maria rated it it was ok
Getting to know Mr. Miller, Hmmmm, haven't made up my mind, need to read "Tropic of Cancer", I like his ex- patriot ways and his views in America Vs. Europe (Paris) and what is socially acceptable by way of artist's and their habits.
Mimi Wolske
I forgot I didn't care all that much for Henry Miller's autobiographical novel that described his rage over his second wife's live-in lesbian lover.

Why? Because Tony Bring, who is the author, calls himself in the book a writer bewildered by his independent wife, Hildred, and the sordid world of Greenwich Village in the 1920s, he depicts Tony as a sensitive soul in a rotten world but Tony is really a misogynistic bully.

Tony's bourgeois upbringing and inclinations are shaken when Hildred (the mo
E. Chainey (Bookowski)
Henry Millerin ikinci karısı olan June Smith, lezbiyen sevgilisiyle 1927'de Avrupa'ya kaçtığında, yazar çok uzun süren bir ruhsal çöküntü yaşar. Beş parasız ve aşağılanmış bir durumda baba evine döner, umutsuz ve huzursuzdur. Bir gün daktilonun başına oturur ve hiç ara vermeden yazmaya başlar. Bu yazılar daha sonra, Henry Miller 'in üçüncü romanı olan Çılgın Üçlü'ye dönüşecektir. Romanlarının konusunu her zaman kendi yaşamından alan Miller , bu romanında da ikinci karısıyla olan fırtınalı evlili ...more
Feb 16, 2015 Kurt rated it liked it

Almost gave up on this one. Three sections in, 73 pages, and Miller was starting to bore me – yes, Henry Miller, and yes, bore me. Written in 1927, Crazy Cock – originally, Lovely Lesbians – was, in the estimation of Mary Dearborn's introduction (not nearly as generous as Erica Jong's foreword), Miller's third “apprentice work.” Though penned before he became the infamous, transgressive and forever inimitable Henry V Miller, with or without the V, Crazy Cock was not published until 1991. It had
Apr 26, 2008 Christy rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Henry Miller fans
I was into Henry Miller novels for a while. This story is post break up to his wife June Smith, when Henry moves from New York to Paris. It is an account of his anguish over June's affair with another woman. The book is definitely Miller dealing with the break up and has been said to be his springboard in finding his writing style. The next book he wrote was Tropic of Cancer.
Oct 23, 2009 Splashconception rated it it was ok
this is one of henry miller's first works so he is still struggling with the surrealistic flourishes of language and delusions of linguistic granduer that characterizes his later work. This novel feels a little stale at times, or perhaps over dramatic. Interesting if you are a Henry Miller fan but certainly not one of his best works.
Aug 07, 2007 Staci rated it really liked it
Shelves: oldfaves
Ah, Miller! It's all about his writing. It could be a tale of nothing, and I would still read it!!! (This book at times feels like that). I love his writing style and this early look at what was the predecessor to Tropic of Cancer is a treat.
Jan 02, 2009 John rated it really liked it
will remind you of your most fucked up relationships! :)
Jul 30, 2012 Ametista rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ebook

Ho gli occhi estasiati dalla lenta danza nera di Crazy Cock.
La scrittura di Miller non si può centellinare, è un calice colmo da svuotare dun'un colpo, è un fluido che riscalda le viscere. Tra le parole c'è un Miller a molti sconosciuto, un uomo profondamente tradito, costretto per l'amore che prova a dividere la propria donna con un'altra.
Cosa c'era dietro quel muro di carne e di ossa? Poteva mai sperare di sapere cosa stava succedendo là? Poniamo che in un attimo di profonda contrizione gli di
Jul 20, 2013 Phyllis rated it liked it
The Foreword by Erica Jong and the Introduction by Mary V. Dearborn I found just as interesting as the book itself. Henry Miller actually mentored Erica Jong in the 1970s, and she spoke about that experience in the Foreword. I want to read Miller's other books now because this one was supposed to be "a dry run" of his classics and his writing is supposed to have "matured"; I would like to see what those two concepts look like in the next books. Crazy Cock is an autobiographical account of Miller ...more
Melissa Lee-Tammeus
May 15, 2013 Melissa Lee-Tammeus rated it really liked it
Yep, I read a book called Crazy Cock. It's been on my shelf forever and I finally decided I needed to see what the big scandal was for myself. What I truly enjoyed was the foreword by Erica Jong and the explanation given regarding Miller's psychological demise when his wife ran off with a lesbian. This book was the result of that betrayal and, knowing that, you can certainly understand the anger and venom as he writes about a main character's own issue with a wife who has a lesbian lover. Write ...more
Oct 12, 2009 Mariana rated it really liked it
Para quem já leu Trópico de Câncer e de Capricórnio, ou mesmo Tempo dos Assassinos, esse livro parece ser uma obra de menor porte. Mas creio que esta seja uma impressão errônea. Crazy Cock é um livro do início da carreira da Miller e mostra com clareza o percurso de um autor descobrindo a própria linguagem. Diferente dos outros, este é escrito na terceira pessoa, com linguagem menos fluida e muito adjetivada.
No caso específico de Miller, que teve o primeiro livro publicado apenas com 40 anos e
Julien Law
Nov 24, 2014 Julien Law rated it liked it
I am reading this simultaneously as "henry and june from a journal of love, the unexpurgated diary of anais nin" and getting the whole picture. They really should be read together as they are chronology linked- meaning, both writers are writing about the same moment in time. And in nin's version, it doesnt go down this way at all. For example, in "crazy cock" miller makes himself out to be victim of unrequited love from his wife, June, who he calls "hildred". Here his wife has a female lover mov ...more
Jul 25, 2013 Kim rated it it was ok
My first foray into Henry Miller, and frankly it was difficult to get through. The writing style was convoluted, liberal with grotesque descriptions. I appreciate the author for his innovation and influence but at the same time felt it hard to care about the turmoils of the characters, who to me were so hopeless, self-delusional, and masochistic.

Not quite ready to give up on Henry Miller yet, I'm about to read Tropic of Cancer and shall see if I "get it."
Carlito Rodarte
Apr 14, 2014 Carlito Rodarte rated it liked it
Crazy Cock by Henry Miller had nuggets of descent description. This was a crude piece of work that needed to be refined. The book was in dyer need of an editor. Since Crazy Cock was published after Miller's time, it was left with minimal changes in order to preserve what he was going through while living with his wife and her lover(pure madness). I rate this book a 2.5. I would have rated it higher had I read it while living in Bohemia NYC in the 60's.
Zelmer Wilson
I'm a huge Henry Miller fan. I've read Tropic of Cancer, Tropic of Capricorn, Black Spring, and Sexus.
A little background for those who don't know. This is Miller's third novel and wasn't published in his lifetime. It was believed to be lost and wasn't found until many years after Miller wrote it. I don't think he would've wanted it published, considering it a failure.
I would only recommended this novel to die-hard Miller fans, like myself. For a better introduction to his work, I would recommen
Jul 05, 2007 Empress rated it liked it
Recommends it for: crazy people and the people who love them, or hate them... or love them...
centaurs, feathered sea cows, two-spirits, mud, rainbows, blood, wombs, chicleteras, lesbians, a drunk, madness, despair, loss, love?, hate?, death, Art and blue lunar leprachauns. (*would give three and a half- but it ain't an option_)
Dec 12, 2008 Rebecca rated it it was amazing
I read this years ago, but since reading, I've declared Henry Miller my favorite author. Now that I'm set to read Tropic of Capricorn, I can't wait to see if the accolades still stand!
Sep 15, 2008 michael rated it liked it
Only for hardcore Miller fans who want to see his beginnings as a writer. This book was of course a failure and no one was really supposed to read it.
Dec 23, 2008 Christopher rated it it was ok
Shelves: fiction
A hard choice between 2 and 3 stars, which I wouldn't have to make if a half star system existed here. But it doesn't, and this site is free, so, okay.

Aug 07, 2007 Sarah rated it liked it
Crazy and at times disjointed first novel by Henry Miller. I love his language but sometimes it swallows me up and I can't really understand the plot.
Jan 17, 2009 Jen rated it really liked it
I loved this book. Sort of the "Henry and June" of Henry's perspective.
Apr 04, 2014 Eliana added it
I'm not sure whether I will read another Henry Miller book or not. A third of what he wrote was an interesting story of him, his wife and his wife's girlfriend (as in girlfriend-lover not girlfriend-friend.) A third of it was the story of an extremely codependent, lazy man with way too much time on his hands to over analyze things. And the other third was just gibberish. I'm not sure if it was suppose to be some form of twisted existential poetry; or if he really was suffering from some form of ...more
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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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