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The Diary of Anaïs Nin: Volume Five 1947-1955 (The Diary of Anaïs Nin #5)

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The author's experiences in Mexico, California, New York, and Paris, her psychoanalysis, and her experiment with LSD. "Through her own struggling and dazzling courage [Nin has] shown women groping with and growing with the world" (Minneapolis Tribune).
Hardcover, 275 pages
Published April 1st 1966 by Harcourt Brace (first published 1966)
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Feb 07, 2010 Esmeralda rated it really liked it
I read this because a friend often refers to her writing.

"The writer's responsibility is to increase, develop our senses, expand our vision, heighten our awareness and enrich our articulateness."

The diary takes place in the 1950s between Mexico, America, and France. Anais writes poetically. Her style was frowned upon then (many pages about publishers who reject her work) as much as now. One publisher said her work was "too esoteric." It is strange to think about the shift in popular taste. Righ
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Nov 12, 2016 Jelly Welly rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had to keep in mind that it is a diary so I struggled to find continuity. It's loosely structured chronologically but the ideas vary greatly from paragraph to paragraph. It was also hard to keep track of all the people in her life. Still, there are many descriptions of her life experiences that are so unique they made me smile in awe, and the book is full of quote-worthy commentary. Reading this felt like the surprising experience of talking to someone you wouldn't normally associate with, get ...more
Oct 28, 2016 Mayalekach rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A slog but I loved so much of it. Although she is kind of entitled and overly esoteric and a touch haughty, we should all be so lucky to look at the world and interact with it in the way she did.

Elizabeth Click
Nov 14, 2015 Elizabeth Click rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Leerla es un placer en todo el sentido amplio de la palabra. En boca de ella mi querida America y su biodiversidad cobran más color, sabor y vida. Me maravilla su amor por la escritura y su sensiblidada con el arte: la pintura, el teatro la música, etc hacen que en letras de ella cobren un efecto mágia, un efecto sueño.
Revelador saber que ella al leer el diario de Virginia Woolf, no le provocó ninguna emoción ni la empujó al suicidio, en cambio la impulsó a seguir escribiendo sus propios diarios
Apr 13, 2014 katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I found this book at the local bookstore, so this was the first volume of her diaries that I read. (I have also read parts of Delta of Venus which I wasn't crazy about.) I'm so happy to have found it because it is EASILY one of the most important books I have ever read. Besides the fact that I'd do basically anything to have her life, I adore her descriptions and her mind. She conveys such complex emotions and ideas so concisely, especially when it comes to life as an artist in the United States ...more
Diane Fraser
Jul 10, 2015 Diane Fraser rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Anais Nin is my favorite writer and has had such an impact on me as an artist, writer, and woman in the world. Her scope is wide, capturing things happening around the world, but it is also dazzling when it zeroes in on the people, places, and events occurring in her own orbit. Her depth of understanding about human nature, her willingness to write her own insecurities, feelings, desires, and observations of the world and people around her, her gorgeous prose- they satisfy on so many levels.
Dec 29, 2008 Ciara rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: diarists, anais nin fans, watercolor enthusiasts, forest rangers
i think this is the one where anis moves to california, partially based on the recommendation of henry miller, who is chilling in big sur & doing a lot of watercolors at this point. that really cracks me up, in light of what a macho tool he was in the first volume of the diary. i wonder if he ever thought he'd be hanging around redwood trees painting watercolors. haha! meanwhile, anais is doing her thing, socializing with film industry types, surviving wildfires, & the like. this volume ...more
Mike Tracy
Sep 24, 2015 Mike Tracy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Gorgeous prose. I found it worth reading for the language, polished, jewel-like, rather than any profundity in the text. Still, it makes me want to read other parts of her diary.
Aug 31, 2013 Idza rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
lovely! she makes you yearn for whatever she describes, whatever she tastes, whatever she hears, whatever she tastes..
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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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The Diary of Anaïs Nin (7 books)
  • The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 1: 1931-1934
  • The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 2: 1934-1939
  • The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 3: 1939-1944
  • The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 4: 1944-1947
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