This is the journal of Joe Necchi, a junkie living on a barge that plies the rivers and bays of New York. Joe's world is the half-world of drugs and addicts -- the world of furtive fixes in sordid Harlem apartments, of police pursuits down deserted subway stations. Junk for Necchi, however, is a tool, freely chosen and fully justified; he is Cain, the malcontent, the profl...more
When he thinks in terms of kicking he’s hooked.
There are degrees of addic...more
I don't know exactly what the junki...more
'Cain's Book' is such a narrative about a junkie - and there have been books on junkie's before, but this one is sort of the iconic original.
The flashback sections, not so hot. And there's a whole chapter around a storm while on a scow that perhaps would have been at home in Moby-Dick but didn't add much here. I guess Trocchi just had this scow vignette sitting around and had to slip it in somewhere.
So i don't really know what to say besides, go read it.